Board of Directors
2022 - 2023
For nearly 10 years, she has worked alongside policymakers and advocacy organizations to explore barriers and opportunities to creating equitable communities. Her work has focused extensively on issues related to racial justice, women’s safety, and sexual violence prevention in cities, including leading the successful grassroots effort to bring UN Women’s Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces initiative to Chicago. Her current research interests include how inclusive public transit infrastructure may support the safety needs of those with intersecting identities in new city developments and special economic zones.
She holds a Master of Public Administration in Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy from the University College of London, and dual degrees in Psychology and the study of Systemic Oppression and Social Mobility from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
As a leader with UNA, she is committed to fostering the development of strength-based, localized approaches to advancing the UN’s broader vision for sustainable development.
Madeline’s volunteer work means a lot to her, and she is currently involved with three organizations: the American Red Cross (disaster relief work), The Climate Reality Project (local climate action projects), and the United Nations Association (UNA-USA), both locally with the Chicago chapter, but also on a national level as a current Co-Chair of the Young Professionals Affinity Group.
Madeline’s passion for travel stems from many experiences with an organization called International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ). She recently completed her seventh trip with them in Peru, also marking her sixth continent in her travels to date. She believes that her experiences with IVHQ and UNA-USA help her become a better global citizen.