Mary-Frances Wain and Laura Giroux Join United Nations Association of the USA

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UNA-USA’s mission is to inform, inspire and mobilize the American people to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations.

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Mary-Frances and Laura bring a wealth of association experience and leadership qualities that will help strengthen UNA-USA in 2012 and beyond

The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) announced today that Mary-Frances Wain and Laura Giroux have joined the organization as Deputy Executive Director and Membership Director, respectively. UNA-USA’s mission is to inform, inspire and mobilize the American people to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations.

“Mary-Frances and Laura bring a wealth of association experience and leadership qualities that will help strengthen UNA-USA in 2012 and beyond,” said UNA-USA Executive Director Patrick Madden. “Their forward-thinking approach to membership organizations will empower our members to be a stronger and more unified voice in support of the United Nations.”

Wain will be the second-in-command overseeing the day-to-day operations of UNA-USA and its staff in Washington, DC and New York City. She is a nonprofit executive with 20 years of fundraising and management experience. Prior to joining UNA-USA, she served as Vice President of Philanthropy for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic. Wain has expertise in organizational capacity building, having run a nonprofit consulting business with local and national clients. She has also served as Executive Director of Suited for Change and Corporate Relations Director for the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She began her career in association management at the American Advertising Federation and is a graduate of Syracuse University.

Giroux will oversee all membership functions including advocacy and outreach, retention and growth campaigns, and organizational capacity building. Giroux led Sister Cities International’s Membership Department for five years. During her tenure at Sister Cities she sustained an 85% retention rate with members. She represented the organization at conferences and seminars around the country and the world, including in speaking roles at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa and the Africa Global Sister Cities Foundation in Accra, Ghana. Giroux holds a MA from George Mason University and a BA from St. Olaf College.

UNA-USA is a program of the UN Foundation, furthering its mission to connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. For more information on the work of UNA-USA, please visit our website at http://www.unausa.org.

ABOUT UNA-USA
The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), a program of the UN Foundation, is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire and mobilize the American people to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations. UNA-USA works to accomplish its mission through its national network of chapters, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA and the UN Foundation create the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. For more information on UNA-USA, visit http://www.unausa.org.

ABOUT THE UN FOUNDATION
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.

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