Global Goals

UNA Chicago


UNA-Chicago’s Global Goals Ambassador program offers individuals a fun and unique opportunity to support the Sustainable Development Goals by serving as local experts on and ambassadors for their chosen Goal.  Each Goal will ideally have a team of 1-2 Ambassadors charged with educating themselves on each Goal and mobilizing others to take action on their Goal through additional education, outreach, and advocacy efforts.

 For more information on how to become a Global Goals Ambassador, please contact Charmaine.

What are the Global Goals?

Read more about each of the 17 Global Goals to learn why they are so important and how we can meet them by 2030.
Within the 17 Global Goals there are 169 specific ‘targets’ which explain in more detail what the world could look like by 2030 if the Goals are achieved. Take a look at these data visualizations to see what progress has already been made, and what still needs to be done ahead of the 2030 deadline.

Take Action

Join the movement to make the Global Goals for sustainable development a reality. We believe the Goals are only going to be completed if we can make them famous. Join in on the conversation across social networks using the #GlobalGoals hashtag and tell our world leaders that this is what we want.
Want to advocate for a particular Global Goal and inspire change locally and internationally? Sign up to be a Global Goals Ambassador with UNA-Chicago!


Meet our current Global Goals Ambassadors


Alyssa Rickman

Alyssa Rickman is a Health Promotion Coordinator who works with university students and community members to help them discover how their personal goals and social privileges can help them connect with and influence the people around them. Alyssa believes that our individual success is intricately tied to those in our community, and that true prosperity comes when all people of every race and ethnicity are given equal access to opportunity. Alyssa has worked locally and globally to promote health equity in the United States, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Alyssa is trained in peer education, nutrition curriculum development, sexual and relationship violence prevention, and is DePaul University’s 2018 Supervisor of the Year. Alyssa holds a MS in international public service and MA in public health from DePaul University.

Emily Ott

Emily received a MSc in Health Promotion where her work focused on examining the characteristics of existing physical activity and screen-viewing policies within childcare centers across Canada. Currently, she works in the OB/GYN Department at the University of Chicago Medical Center as a Research Specialist. In this position, Emily works on multiple research projects related to reproductive and sexual health policy and education, with a focus on decreasing reproductive health disparities for under-served populations. She is very passionate about public health and is eager to continue to become involved in opportunities within this field.

Tracey Crowley

Tracy is an instructional leader in education with a passion for global education, deep student engagement, student directed learning, and innovative instructional practices. This is her 20th year in education. Tracy is also a writer and co-editor of Good Education, a photographer, speaker, and avid traveler. Representing the United Nations Association Chicago Chapter as the Global Goals ambassador for Goal 4: Quality Education is her next step to making a difference in Chicago and in the world.

Anne-Michele Boyle

Anne-Michele Boyle has been a teacher at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School since 2006. She teaches A.P. World History and Global Issues/Global Citizenship.  In addition to teaching, Anne-Michele sponsors the WY Girl Up Club, Dolphin Destinations and serves on the Local School Council. She is actively involved with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Chicago Fair Trade.  Prior to pursuing her career in education, she worked as a marketing analyst and as an advertising sales rep at the Chicago Tribune. Anne-Michele lives with her husband Shay and three kids in the Edison Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Charmaine Manilay

Charmaine Manilay is a Sr. Medical Writing Coordinator at AbbVie. She was a former regulatory affairs publisher in Astellas Inc. She has a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of the Philippines. She is a volunteer at the Water Trailkeepers covering the Des Plaines river. In 2014, she competed for regional finals in Shanghai, China for Hult Prize along with three other team members to present a business idea to improve chronic disease care in urban slums by 2019. She previously organized a couple of disaster relief operations and medical missions in the Philippines. She also organized a university-wide research competition in the University of the Philippines with funding from the National Institutes of Health. She’s also a member of Kairos Society, American Public Health Association and American Medical Writers Association







Nicole Colegrove

Nicole Colegrove is the Director of Programs at the Tata Centre for Development at the University of Chicago. She previously served as the Associate Director at the International Innovation Corps at the University of Chicago, where she has oversaw the formalization and growth of the Fellowship and strategy for recruiting top young professionals from around the world. She is a nonprofit professional with 11 years of international development and nonprofit management experience. Nicole served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco and worked with SmithBucklin Association Management as an education manager for international nonprofit associations. Prior to joining the IIC, she worked in Alumni Relations & Development at the University of Chicago, overseeing international alumni programs in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Nicole holds a B.A. from Loyola University Chicago and an M.A. in Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse from DePaul University.

Charlie Gunn

Charlie been a avid environmentalist since high school when he was in the Ecology Club and supported the Glencoe Recycling Center. His favorite hobby was nature photography and his college major was environmental science. His first job was managing community recycling centers in Chicago and he went on to become a library/media/computer teacher in Chicago Public Schools integrating environmental protection and global care whenever possible. Charlie is an annual member of 40 pro environment organizations. Ban Ki-moon said, “Climate change is, simply, the greatest collective challenge we face as a human family.”

A. Kristina Davis

B. Christopher Dowell

Chris currently works as Creative Director and Photographer for the International Orchestra of Refugees and as an internationally published documentary photographer. He captures stories of people who live passionately and work hard to create a better world for everyone, often within the scope of sustainable fishing, aquaculture, and marine sciences. His most recent work chronicles the life history of the Atlantic Sturgeon and a sustainable caviar company working to save the species.

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Justeen Pelt

Justeen Pelt is the Global Goals Ambassador for UN Global Goal 16 – Promote Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. She is an youth and family advocate and believes that peace can be realized by empowering, encouraging and educating people to become agents of change in their communities. Professionally, Justeen works as youth recruitment specialist for  Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, an non-profit organization geared towards employing the under-employed or unemployed of Chicago. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, public speaking and mentoring at risk youth.

Ceclilia Torres

Cecilia is a public policy professional with extensive knowledge of Federal Compliance regulation in higher education and a diverse volunteer portfolio which includes translation for the Food Banking Network, mentoring youth at Chicago Lights, and advocating for children and women worldwide in her role as team leader of UNICEF UNITE, where she helps channel the efforts to build relationships with legislators to advance the mission of UNICEF USA.
She earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Masters degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.