Young Professionals

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Welcome to the UNA-USA

Brooklyn Chapter YP page!

Founded in January 2019, the Brooklyn YP proudly

embraces young professionals from all political,

socioeconomic, and professional backgrounds

who have a passion for defending

 human rights and serving the

Brooklyn community. 

Our mission:

Think Local, Go Global

To EDUCATE members of the Brooklyn community

about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, 


Young Professionals and Youth 

to ADVOCATE for human rights.

Meet the Board

Caroline Rakus-Wojciechowski

Chairwoman & President

Caroline is the Founding President of UNA-USA Brooklyn's YP. She joined UNA-USA after attending UN Day at Brooklyn Borough Hall in 2018. She has attended the Global Engagement Summit in New York and the Global Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., in addition to several CSW hearings at the U.N., and lectures at the institute of International Education.  

Originally from Lindenhurst, NY, Caroline graduated from Harvard College in 2018 with an A.B. in Anthropology and a completed Pre-Medical track, Secondary Field in Human Evolutionary Biology, and a Language Citation in Spanish. 

Caroline was a recipient of the Women of Distinction Award in 2014 presented by Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre, and she received the Drs. James and Wanda Trefil Science Scholarship for her studies in Forensic Anthropology. She also serves on the Board of the NYC Chapter of National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs as their Communications chair, is a member of the Harvard Clubs of New York City and Long Island, and is a volunteer at dell'Arte Opera Ensemble. 

Caroline speaks 3 languages,  plays 7 musical instruments, and is a singer. She attends Krav Maga Academy, enjoys sampling international cuisine, and loves traveling.  

Allura Landsberg

Deputy President and 1st Vice President

Allura joined UNA-USA Brooklyn in 2019. She has since attended  lectures on human trafficking and LGBTQI rights. She looks forward to helping further the UN's Sustainable Development Goals in the Brooklyn community. 

An L.A. girl at heart, Allura graduated from Harvard College in 2018 with an A.B. in Neurobiology on the Mind Brain Behavior track along with a Secondary in Moral and Political Philosophy.


After completing her undergraduate studies, Allura received her Master's in Bioethics from Harvard Medical School. During this program, she completed research on human rights, public health policy, and upcoming advancements in medical technology. This experience culminated in the creation of two teaching modules to ensure ethical medical conversations with families considering abortions.

In her free time, Allura trains as a competitive ballroom dancer in the Latin and Rhythm styles. She also enjoys international travel and home cooking. 

Karen Thorne

Partnerships Director

Karen Thorne joined UNA-USA Brooklyn in 2019. She is responsible for managing partnerships for the Young Professional's group and helping grow membership.

Karen has worked in content and strategy roles at international publishing houses including VICE media, Sydney Morning Herald, and most recently, the New York Times. Her client list includes Fortune 100 companies to help them develop and expand their messaging into multimedia storytelling. 

Karen graduated with Distinction from the University of Technology, Sydney, with an MA in Journalism. She has since written for the New York Times, Travel + Leisure, Fairfax Media, VICE, and HP.

A keen interest in environmental issues and sustainability, Karen has volunteered in Russia, Mongolia, and Uruguay at editorial and animal welfare organizations. 

Karen has lived in five countries and is a certified ski instructor. When she's not working, she's either attempting to learn the harmonica or traveling -- 65 countries and counting! 

Rory Mondshein

YP Advisor

Rory Mondshein is a human rights advocate with ten years of experience in multi-level policy and communications work. Holding a B.A. in Political Science from Bard College and an B.S. in Human Rights from the London School of Economics & Political Science, Rory has supplemented her international NGO experiences with local-level human rights-based policy making.


In addition to coordinating educational programs in over a dozen countries, Rory has  contributed to local politics through her advocacy, community work, and social impact program (Make It Appn), which used technology to help New Yorkers get access to social services and shelters. Rory's diverse work experiences in politics, international affairs, journalism, marketing, and social entrepreneurship have given her a strong foundation for understanding ethical leadership as education and empowerment-driven.


As a full-time Constituent Liaison at the New York State Assemble, Rory works with a strong team to both help and empower constituents to resolve their issues through education.


Rory supplements her local-level work in the Assembly and Participatory Budgeting by serving as the Social Media Manager for the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, the Regional Coordinator for the International  Association for Political Science's United States and Canada Division, and Community Service Director on UNA-USA's SNY YP Board.






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Somalia-Rose Muhammad


Rabita Tareque


Ryan Karczag


Michelle Lung

Thank you to all the candidates who applied. This was not an easy choice to make.

We hope you stay involved with UNA BYP activities and consider joining one of these amazing committees. Congratulations to all!