Executive Director, UNA-USA
Chris Whatley serves as Executive Director of the United Nations Association of the United States, a program of the United Nations Foundation. He leads UNA’s national staff in Washington, D.C. and New York, and heads up the Association’s efforts to increase membership, advocate on behalf of the UN and UN causes, and educate the next generation of UN supporters in the U.S. through UNA’s Global Classrooms Model UN program.
Before joining UNF, Chris served as Washington Office Director and Deputy Executive Director of The Council of State Governments (CSG), representing elected officials in all 50 states and the six territories on Capitol Hill, forging ties between American states and their counterparts in Canada and Mexico, and serving as an appointed advisor to the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Prior to joining CSG, Chris served as a program officer and field representative for the International Republican Institute (IRI), leading a wide range of international election observation missions and technical assistance programs in Liberia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. He began his career as a Research Assistant for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), studying the demobilization and reintegration of former combatants in Zimbabwe following the Lancaster House Agreement.
Fun Fact: Chris attended Angelo State University in rural West Texas on an acting scholarship, where he was guilty of subjecting untold numbers of San Angelo citizens to forgettable renditions of numerous plays and musicals.