Central Plains | UNICEF USA
On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines. As one part of its response, UNICEF set up a Child-Friendly Space where children can participate in educational and recreational activities as well as receive psychosocial support.
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Our mission

To relentlessly pursue an equitable world for every child.

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Ready to change and save lives?

Help fund critical programs

Dedicate a special occasion to fundraise for UNICEF’s work, choose UNICEF USA as your workplace giving recipient, run or bike a marathon on Team UNICEF and take part in the iconic Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Send humanitarian supplies directly to children who need it most through UNICEF Inspired Gifts. Shop consciously by purchasing from UNICEF Market and partners that give back to UNICEF USA.

Participate in events

Sponsor or attend a gala, speaker series or other event to learn more about the challenges that children face and raise funds for the solutions.

Advocate for policy change

Contact your legislators to establish policies that protect children, urge your leaders to become a Child Friendly City, volunteer with the UNITE team and raise awareness online with our Social Press Kit.

UNICEF USA Central Plains Leadership

  • Nelson Bowman, Senior Managing Director, West United States

  • Tom Porter, Managing Director, North Texas and Central Plains 

North Texas and Central Plains Board of Directors

Selwyn Rayzor, Chair
Joyce Goss, Vice Chair
Wasan Alfalahi
Shelly Dee
Ian Edmonds
Catie Enrico
Rana Haddad
Claire Haidar
Mark Haidar
Katie Jaffe
Danielle Pruitt
Leigh Rinearson
D'Andra Simmons
Alexandra Suich Bass

Southwest Board of Directors

Dr. Sippi Khurana, Chair
Olsa Alikaj-Cano
Preity Bhagia
Alex Blair
Susan Boggio
Rania Daniel
Ali Dhanani
Ann Holmes
Dr. Jakeen Johnson
Leela Krishnamurthy
Eileen Lawal
Penny Loyd
Dr. Sreedhar Mandayam
Amy Pierce
Mona Sarofim
Guillermo Sierra
Tatiana Sierra
Alicia Smith
The Honorable Lee P. Brown, Honorary Board Chair
The Honorable Sheila Jackson-Lee, Honorary Board Chair
Margaret Alkek Williams, Honorary Member

Contact the UNICEF USA Central Plains team


+1 (469) 754-3871


+1 (713) 963-9390
Fax: +1 (713) 963-8527

Learn how communities across the United States create better futures for children globally.


In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, UNICEF USA Central Plains staff and volunteers and UPS packed school kits to help kids get back to learning. UNICEF also provided education assistance to teachers and schools and psychosocial services to children.