Young Professionals

The Young Professionals Committee connects passionate early-career professionals across the Greater Chicago Area in their effort to advocate support for the UN.

As part of a diverse talent pool representing a range of fields, Young Professionals Committee members engage in educational and outreach opportunities which allow them to align their interests and experience with local and national UNA initiatives as well as UN Foundation initiatives such as GirlUp and Shot@Life.

What sets the Young Professionals Committee apart from other UNA-Chicago committees is its emphasis on career development. Our Committee Chair, Emily Ott, and Membership Director, Catherine Niehaus, work to create specific opportunities focusing on career development that are tailored to members’ skills and interests.

By joining the UNA-Chicago community, specifically as a Young Professional, you will have access to web content and information sessions about career opportunities with the United Nations, the U.S. Government, and internationally-focused non-governmental organizations (NGOs). You will also have the opportunity to network and collaborate with other ambitious individuals at local events here in Chicago as well as national events such as the Global Engagement Summit or the UNA-USA Leadership Summit. Finally, you will have a platform on which to demonstrate your leadership potential and grow specific skills that can be applied in your current or future career in this unique forum to engage with international issues.

As part of the young professionals network you’ll join a community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about the work of the UN and we’re excited for you to “think local and act global” with us!

For more information on how to join the Young Professionals Committee, please contact Emily Ott, Young Professionals Chair, at

Please note that all committee members must be active UNA-Chicago members. To become a member, please visit the National UNA-USA website, and select Greater Chicago as the chapter you wish to join. For more information on how to become a member, please contact Catherine Niehaus, Membership Director, at