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New England Regional Office

UNICEF: New England

420 Boylston Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02116
617.266.7903 (fax)



Matthew Bane, Managing Director
Elana Western, Deputy Director
Laura Driscoll, Development Officer
Nick Leisey, Global Citizenship Fellow

The New England Regional Office offers thanks and appreciation to the volunteer leaders on our Board of Directors and Advisory Council.

Upcoming Events

Women's Luncheon Series

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF Women’s Luncheon Series in Boston consists of intimate luncheons (limited to 100 guests), attended by leaders in the academic, corporate and philanthropic communities of New England. In support of UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children, the majority of guests are individual major donors or prospective donors to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Special guests are invited to speak about issues affecting women and children around the world, and attendees participate in an enriching Q&A session. Below is a partial listing of past luncheon speakers.

  • Mme. Jeannette Kagame—First Lady of Rwanda
  • Liz Walker—Award-winning journalist and documentary film producer>
  • Ishmael Beah—Author of A Long Way Gone
  • Somaly Mam—Author of The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine
  • Téa Leoni—Actress, U.S. Fund for UNICEF board member
  • Anne Garrels—Senior Foreign Correspondent National Public Radio
  • Tracy Kidder—Author of Strength in What Remains<
  • Martha Coakley—Attorney General of Massachusetts
  • Molly Melching—Founder of Tostan

See the Child: UNICEF for Children with Disabilities

Cara Yar E. Khan

Our next luncheon is scheduled for December 4, 2013 with Cara E. Yar Khan. Cara was born in 1976 in India and at the age of 30, was diagnosed with a very rare recessive genetic condition, Hereditary Inclusion Body Myopathy (HIBM). HIBM is an adult-onset progressive muscle-wasting disease which affects all skeletal muscles, typically leading to incapacity within 10-15 years. There are fewer than 1,000 known patients worldwide and at the present there is no approved treatment or cure. Ten years after her diagnosis, Cara walks with the aid of leg braces and two canes. 

Cara joined UNICEF in 2007, after working 6 years with the UN World Food Program in Ecuador, Dell Inc. in Panama and as a private consultant in China. From UNICEF Angola, she was transferred to UNICEF China to support the Sichuan Earthquake Emergency Operation. This was followed by UNICEF posts in Botswana, Madagascar, Mozambique, Thailand and most recently Haiti, where she served as the Resource Mobilization Specialist and Disability Focal Point. 

Purchase Tickets

Individual Ticket: $50

"Friend of UNICEF" Individual Ticket: $100

"Donor Level Ticket": $2500 and includes a table of 6

"Patron Level Ticket": $5000 and includes a table of 10

Unable to attend the event? Consider making a donation to support UNICEF's disability programs instead.

Recent Events

Caryl Luncheon SeriesThe U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s New England Regional Office hosted its first Women’s Luncheon Series event in the 2013-2014 series with guest speaker, U.S. Fund for UNICEF President and CEO Caryl Stern. On October 10, 2013 Caryl will spoke about her new book I Believe in ZERO: Learning from the World’s Children. The book, available on Amazon, iBooks and Barnes and Noble, shares memories from her travels and lessons learned not only about life, but those that can impact our children. Prior to this book Caryl also co-authored Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice (Scholastic, 2000) and Future Perfect: A Model for Professional Development (NACA, 1987). Learn more about Caryl.

2013 Children’s Champion Award Dinner

2013 Boston Children's Champion Awards Group Shot

© 2013 Getty Images

Pictured from Left to right is: Children's Champion Award Dinner Co-Chair Bryan Rafanelli, Helenka Pantaleoni Humanitarian Award recipient Charlene Engelhard, Children's Champion Award honorees Lauren Bush Lauren and David Lauren, CHildren's Champion Award Dinner CO-Chairs Alli and Bill Achtmeyer.

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF hosted its annual fundraising gala, the Children’s Champion Award Dinner, on Monday, June 10, 2013, in Boston to honor individuals who strive to help us reach the day when ZERO children die from preventable causes. We applaud this year’s award recipients, Lauren Bush Lauren and David Lauren, for their enduring commitment to improving children’s lives. Lauren and David join an impressive group. Past honorees include: Nelson Mandela; Queen Noor; Princess Caroline; the Red Sox’s David Ortiz; the Boston Celtics; and, most recently, UNICEF Ambassador Trudie Styler and Sting.

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is also proud to have awarded Charlene Engelhard with the Helenka Pantaleoni Humanitarian Award this year. Charlene is an artist and philanthropist, who has used her talents, resources and interest to provide therapy and healing to children and teens in conflict and resource-poor settings through the Art-in-a-Box program partnered with UNICEF. A true role model, Charlene embodies the spirit of the Helenka Pantaleoni Humanitarian Award in her dedication to the children of the world.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like to volunteer to help raise money through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF or other youth activities, please call 1.800.4UNICEF (1.800.486.4233) or sign up to be a volunteer at unicefusa.org/volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering for local events or applying for internships, please contact us at 617.266.7534 x105 or bostonevents@unicefusa.org.

Board of Directors

Alli Achtmeyer
Mark Allyn
Caterina Bandini
Roger Berkowitz
Josef Blumenfeld
Diane Currier
David Dodson
Barbara Eisenson
Susan Luick Good
Janet Green
Richard Heller
Jeannette Hsu-McSweeney
Yuko Hunt
Barrie Landry

Harry Lange
Kathryn Lasky
Susan Littlefield
Sharon Malt
Kaia Miller
Lorraine Nelson
Tiffany Ortiz
Laura Peabody
Marcel Quiroga
Gail Roberts
Willow Shire

Advisory Council

Frank Avruch
Jarrett T. Barrios
Jessie Bourneuf
T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.
Louis B. Casagrande
Laura Carlo
Steve Coit
Charlene Engelhard
Emil Frei III, M.D.

Susan Luick Good
Gerald Hass, M.D.
Arnold Hiatt
Kathy Lasky
Melvin Miller
Michael E. Porter
Liz Walker
Susan Roosevelt Weld

Annual Report

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Recent News

April 23, 2014

Joint statement by heads of UN humanitarian agencies on Syria

One year ago, as leaders of UN agencies struggling to deal with the growing human impact of the Syrian crisis, we issued an urgent appeal on behalf of millions of people whose lives and futures hang in the balance. As the fighting has intensified in recent weeks, at least one million people are now in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in Aleppo alone. The road from Damascus to Aleppo - a vital lifeline – has often been cut. 1.25 million people are in need of food in Aleppo city and rural parts of the governorate.

April 22, 2014

UNICEF: Desperate Water Shortages Facing Children in Bentiu, South Sudan

Tens of thousands of people who fled targeted ethnic violence in Bentiu last week are receiving just one liter of safe drinking water per day in the desperately overcrowded UN base, UNICEF said today.