About the United Nations Association – Marin County Chapter

We are dedicated to educating, inspiring and mobilizing people in Marin County to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations, strengthening the United Nations system, promoting constructive United States leadership in that system, and achieving the goals of the United Nations Charter.

When you join the UNA – Marin Chapter, you are joining a nationwide network of over 100 chapters doing this important work. Contact us with any questions.

About the UNA

You can learn more about our national organization here.


For the history of the United Nations Association and precursors (including information about the involvement of Eleanor Roosevelt) visit this informative blog page.

Check out these related resources from Rotary, a long-time supporter of the United Nations, including this digital book.

About the UN

Learn about the 1945 conference in San Francisco where the United Nations was established, and more about the history of the United Nations here.

Download the 2019 edition of The US and the UN by clicking on the image below.

Your Local Board of Directors

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Sasha Mizenin, Advocacy Committee Member

Sasha is deeply passionate about global and national inequity and tackling the deep systemic institutions that uphold them. She is a senior at the University of California, Berkeley studying Environmental Science as her major. Her minors show an array of interests and include: Global Poverty and Practice, CalTeach and Food Systems. Global Poverty and Practice allowed her to work on an agricultural cooperative in Cuba and learn about the urban local agriculture production system. She is currently in the CalTeach teacher credentialing program that is focused on amplifying urban youths’ power and is excited to finish by December 2021. Food System minor has allowed her to work alongside the phenomenal Sogorea Te’ Land Trust: a native inter-tribal women led trust that facilitates the rematriation of land. She also spent time volunteering at the Gill Tract farm, learning about sustainable agriculture methods and agroecology.

Sasha has studied abroad in Madrid, Spain and has volunteered with Madrid Cooking for Refugees. She has also studied in Bocas del Toro, Panama where she has researched Sustainable Indigenous Tourism with the Ngöbe communities and is working towards a journal publication. As well as making small ripple effects globally, Sasha is also very passionate about advocating for local equity in Marin County. The UNA provides a wonderful opportunity to both focus on local betterment and well-being of lives while keeping the international overarching goals of the UN at the center. She looks forward to collaborative commutative strive for justice!

Sasha is also diverse in the conduit of her passion of continuing and advancing equity. She is a certified Domestic Violence Advocate with Center for Domestic Peace, advocating for domestic violence survivors as well as holding various women empowerment workshops. She has also worked with infants and toddlers in Early Childhood Education centers instilling equity, learning and power from the early stages. She has also greatly enjoyed her time being a one-on-one mentor at Berkeley Youth Alternatives for a special mentee she holds dear in her heart. She remains fascinated by all modes of empowerment and is constantly learning ways to openly grow and incorporate new teachings and wisdom.

Any questions/comments/contact please email to Mizenin at berkeley dot edu

Felicia Chavez

Felicia I. Chavez, President

Felicia is a long-term resident of Marin County, having moved here in 1995 from the foothills of the Sierras to study at Dominican in San Rafael.

After working for several nonprofits and for-profit entities, Felicia pursued a career in sustainable business as a consultant. More recently, Felicia has focused on a systems thinking approach to sustainability, including a focus on spiritual and religious traditions, which led her to complete a PhD in Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute (2017).

Felicia directs a small, experimental nonprofit in Marin County, Systems Thinking Marin. Through this work she has settled on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of 2030 as an excellent platform through which to promote a big picture approach to making the world a more happy, healthy, eco-friendly place, which led her to become involved in the local chapter of the United Nations Association. Learn more about this work here.

You can contact Felicia directly at felicia dot chavez at gmail.com.

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Joanie Ciardelli, Member

Joanie is a very part-time volunteer specializing in the area of peace-building. She was Co-founder of Pathways To Peace (PTP) in 1983 with Founder Avon Mattison, and a Director of the organization until 2002. She continues to be an Advisor, and represents PTP on the Board of the United Nations Association of Marin and as an Advisor for the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission. For many years she represented PTP on the Board of the Citizens for a UN People’s Assembly; and served on funding Committees of the Threshold Foundation (Peace, Democracy and Justice, Sustainable Planet, New Visions, Documentary Films).

Joanie is also involved in socially responsible investing, having spent many years in the corporate world of business. This included directing/managing Marketing Research for Levi Strauss International and Del Monte Corporation, and consulting/resourcing in leadership development for Pacific Bell’s corporate change endeavor. Joanie served as President of the American Marketing Association, San Francisco Chapter, and was a co-founder of Soviet-American Business Opportunities, Inc. She has published articles on “Marketing Peace” and participated on several panels related to a couple of PTP’s programs: the Culture of Peace Initiative and Peace Within Organizations. She is currently Secretary of a Mill Valley-based chapter of PEO International, and volunteered for ten years in Theater Operations for the Sundance Film Festival.

Joanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration / Marketing from the University of California at Berkeley, a Masters of Business Administration in Management from Golden Gate University, and an “Agent of Conscious Evolution” Certificate from the Institute of Conscious Evolution. Until his recent passing, she was married to Dr. Jack Ciardelli, Jr.; and they shared their home with the original Peace Cat, Princess Jasmine. She very much enjoys traveling — especially to visit Jack’s five children, ten grandchildren, and two great grandsons. Joanie’s research skills have turned to photography and genealogy, tracing and documenting family back several generations. She began the process of documenting the history of PTP through photos, which will eventually be published as a book and on line.

Joanie’s more personal studies and spirituality over the years have included some writing – mostly poetry and memoir – and more recently, creative journaling. She sings in the informal Chorus on Elm Avenue and with the UFOhana.

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Bonnie Hunter, Membership Chair

Involved with the United Nations Associations since 2000. Held the responsibility as secretary for several years. Assisted in planning events and promoting membership for the chapter. Grew up in Mill Valley and presently living in Novato.

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Skip Hunter, Treasurer

Skip has a Fine Arts Degree in painting from Layton School of Art, Milwaukee, WI. In addition to being the treasurer of the UNA Marin Board since 2009, in the past Skip was a Planning Board member of Earth Charter Marin (9 years), and promoted and hosted events on concepts from the Earth Charter sustainability principles. He has also been an Environmental Committee leader of the Floating Homes Association of Sausalito, a member of the Marin Chapter of the San Francisco Opera Guild, and is currently singing in four local choruses as a bass. He finds pleasure in travel, music, and movies.

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Juweria Mehtar, Advocacy Chair

Juweria graduated from the College of Marin Spring 2019 with an Associate’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology. She will be continuing her education at UC Berkeley where she will be majoring in Social Welfare and Legal Studies. During her time at College of Marin, Juweria was the Vice President and then President of the Model UN club which is how she got involved with the UNA and then joined the board in August 2018. Apart from all the extracurricular activities Juweria participated in at CoM, she is also a Domestic Violence Advocate for the Center for Domestic Peace assisting and advocating for victims of domestic violence. Juweria moved to Mill Valley in 2010 from U.A.E. and has been living here since. Always looking for avenues to further social justice causes, Juweria has found the UNA as a great platform to meet others working towards the same goals as her while raising awareness and furthering the goals of the UN as a whole.

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P.J. Nave, Young Professionals Chair, Interim Advocacy Chair, Parliamentarian

PJ is currently a student at Sir Francis Drake High School, where he has served three years in the Youth and Government Program. Not only has PJ lived his whole life in Marin, but his great-great-grandfather arrived in Marin in 1888 as an immigrant from Italy. (You may recognize the name “Nave” from Nave Drive and Nave Shopping Center.) PJ is active in the Marin community, and not only with the UNA chapter, where he leads our Youth Committee. He is also the Publicist for the Museum of International Propaganda in San Rafael. In particular, he is focused on the international peacekeeping efforts of the U.N.

Marsha Torkelson, Member

My interest in the work of the United Nations began when I represented my university at a week long UN session for students in New York. Much later in 1995, I was thrilled to go to the Women’s International Conference in Beijing. Currently, I am glad to be a part of the UN-USA which is able to influence our representatives in Washington to fund the unique peacekeeping efforts of the UN.

Thanks to Our Past Presidents

Paul Clarke
Kirk Boyd
Kim Weichel