UNA-LA's mission is to inspire, educate, and mobilize the Los Angeles Community to support the vital work of the United Nations
Board of Directors
The UNA LA Chapter Board of Directors consists of the Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Presidents, and President who oversee the overall operations of the chapter. This dedicated group is fun, energetic, and motivated to continue to create positive change!
President: Shruthi Mathur
Shruthi spent a decade as a TV journalist at the United Nations for channels in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. This experience gave her a deep appreciation and first hand look into the inner workings of the United Nations daily operations on every level and a desire to work with like minded peace building advocates from all walks of life. Shruthi has also worked at cultural institutions like the Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, and the US National Heritage Areas. She joined the American Red Cross DC chapter at the age of 15 and volunteered in a variety of capacities at the chapter level, as one of 8 regional ambassadors, and eventually on the ARC National Youth Council. The Disney and Nickelodeon TV writer was a speaker at the National UNICEF Summit and part of a Congressional Delegation on Capitol Hill to lobby for children's rights. The new mother also is a mentor with Etre Girls and an advocate with UN Women, Shruthi is so excited to combine her passions for art and advocacy, culture and community, and work alongside fellow members of the United Nations Association community of LA to create a brighter more inclusive future for all!
Secretary: Alyssa Grigoryan
Treasurer: Candis H.
Candis Hawkes is a representative for the David Geffen Company, a business management firm. Candis has worked in the accounting and finance field since 1997 for various types of companies and industries including helping many small businesses grow into successful profitable companies. Candis is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Westchester Lodge #2050. She served as an officer from 2014-2016 and as Treasurer from 2016-2017. Candis volunteers at community events involving helping homeless women & children, veterans as well as participating in walks to support Breast Cancer research. Candis enjoys live music, reading and the outdoors, including snow sports and hiking. She also loves to meet friends out at new restaurants to enjoy new types of cuisine.
Vice President of Communications: Maral Bahman
Vice President of Advocacy: Jennifer Borrero
Jennifer Borrero is a first generation American and a daughter of Mexican-Colombian immigrants. She is a Humanitarian and Social Impact Advocate based in Los Angeles, CA. Since 2015 she has worked on international human rights issues, specializing in homelessness and education. From Nicaragua to the Middle East and domestically, she has led programs in the private and public sector.
Vice President of Membership: Nicola Caprirolo
Nicola has 5+ years of international experience in blockchain, sustainability, project management, and cross-sectoral and departmental cooperation. He has worked with UN entities and non-profit organizations in Brazil, Canada and the United States. More recently, Nicola worked as a Growth Lead at 4K Protocol, a bleeding edge blockchain startup where he helped build the world’s first decentralized protocol for tokenizing real world assets. With a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of British Columbia, Nicola relishes the interconnected challenges that stem from advancing sustainable development across all sectors. He has leveraged his interpersonal, academic, and professional experience to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the World Health Organization, Pan-American Health Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization, and the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation. He has participated and led teams to create unprecedented development projects, including the world’s first statewide UN SDG costing methodology and a UN Action Award winning SDG tracking platform that made the scope and scale of the work being done by organizations to achieve the Global Goals publicly available.
General Board Members
Amazing Board Members Soon To Come!
The UNA LA Chapter Advisory Board, consists of founding board members and those who have previously served on the Board of Directors who continue to graciously provide their expertise, advise, and contribute in meaningful ways!
Jillian Boardman, Past President
Paraag Lal, Past Vice President of Fundraising
An established 21 year entrepreneur in the technology, financial and real estate industries, Paraag has been an innovator, helping grow two successful $2 Billion dollar businesses at Intel & Cisco. He has leveraged his experience in venture financing, private equity, due diligence & deal analysis to consult for High Net Worth Investors investing in innovative opportunities from start-up to significant growth, while exceeding the expectations of his loyal clientele.
Gabriela Soto, Past Vice President of Membership
The core vision in my life is to create a world where all belong. As a Leadership, Management and Strategy Consultant, I am continuously creating new ways to empower people and organizations.
Felita Wong Shen
Born in Hollywood and raised in the Westside, Felita moved to the Bay Area and stumbled upon Yahoo! in the mid-1990s, where she got to create her own job description: internet evangelist, goodwill ambassador, developer of online sponsorships and charitable campaigns. She ‘taught’ celebrities and VIPs how to use the Internet, showed them how to expand their online presence. Within the company, she was called the “heart and soul of Yahoo’, and helped build and chair the Yahoo! Employee Fund. Retired since 1999, she is a "connector" and loves to put her energies into personal development, empowering projects and experiences (Miss California/Miss America Organization, Tony Robbins Platinum Partnership, USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association Board of Directors, USC Delta Phi Kappa Alumnae Association Board President, The Netherland’s “Free A Girl” Ambassador). Her favorite cities: Paris (2ème), NYC (Meatpacking), Kaka'ako (Honolulu), and her hometown Los Angeles (Westside). LA Faves: Gjelina and Gjusta, Rose Cafe, Sun Nong Dan (kalbi-jjim flambè), Cheng-du Taste and Sichuan Impression (Szechuan chili chicken), Destroyer (koshihikari rice porridge), Superba (kouign amann).