About Us | UNA Greater Seattle Chapter

United Nations Association Greater Seattle Chapter

About Us

Our Mission

UNA-GSC is dedicated to educating, inspiring and mobilizing members of the Greater Seattle community to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations and to advocate for full engagement by the United States in the United Nations.

Who We Are

The United Nations Association of the United States of America Greater Seattle Chapter is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that supports the work of the United Nations and encourages active civic participation in the most important social and economic issues facing the world today.

As the nation’s largest grassroots foreign policy organization and the leading center of policy research on the U.N. and global issues, UNA-USA offers Americans the opportunity to connect with issues confronted by the U.N., from global health and human rights to the spread of democracy, equitable development, and international justice. Through the work of the Greater Seattle chapter, we educate the community about the work of the United Nations, and encourage public support for strong U.S. leadership in the U.N.

Our Purpose

During the Second World War concerned Seattleites began meeting to discuss global issues. By 1948, UNA Seattle was born. In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt began traveling all over the country to drum up support for the UN and UNA-USA was founded.

The purpose of UNA Seattle is to act as a catalyst to promote the principles of the UN Charter which states:

  • to maintain international peace and security;
  • to develop friendly relations among nations;
  • to promote cooperation among nations for the purpose of solving international economic, social, cultural, and humanitarian problems and promote respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms;
  • to serve as a center for harmonizing the actions of nations in attaining these common ends.


  • Michael Beard, Executive Director


Our Board of Directors meets bi-monthly to guide the chapter’s programs. All directors are active members of the Greater Seattle community and together reflect a wide range of civic experience and interest in the work of the United Nations. They are elected to two-year renewable terms.

  • Eugene Martin, President
  • Stacy Barmuta, Vice President
  • Open, Treasurer
  • Open, Secretary
  • Jim Eachus
  • Lisa Buckner, Education Chair
  • Peinda Diop

Advisory Council

Our Advisory Council is comprised of individuals who have had considerable personal and professional involvement in public and international affairs. They have made themselves available to provide advice and counsel to our chapter’s Board of Directors on critical issues pertinent to the local chapter, the U.S. Government and the United Nations.

  • Patricia Baillargeon
  • Kay Bullitt
  • William H. Gates, Sr.
  • Carol Goldenberg
  • Gerri Haynes
  • Frank Jones
  • Joan Lawson
  • Hubert G. Locke
  • Ralph Munro
  • Rick Steves