San Diego Chapter Annual Membership Meeting
Meet Our Keynote Speaker
He is interested in management and leadership in foreign affairs and national security. Reno served as the U.S. Ambassador in Azerbaijan, the Chief of Mission in Kosovo and the Deputy Chief of Mission in Egypt. He was heavily engaged in conflict resolution, democratization and energy issues. Reno continues to work for the Department of State as a senior inspector and team leader in the Office of the Inspector General. He received the Presidential Meritorious Service Award twice and the Department of State Distinguished Service Award among other decorations.
Reno knows the national security community. He has extensive contacts in the Departments of State and Defense, at the Agency for International Development, the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council staff. During his 33 year Foreign Service career he worked with and became friends with a number of flag rank officers in the U.S. military. He is interested in prevention of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. He carries out this interest by serving on the Department of Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee. He also presented views to the Defense Science Board on environment and national security.
He took a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from San Diego State University, a Master of International Service and a Master of Arts in Economics from the American University in Washington D.C. Reno speaks German, Italian and Swedish and has some knowledge of Arabic and Azeri. He has published a book and articles on energy and the environment. Reno is a Knight in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. He lives with his wife Leslie in San Diego, California. They have two children and three grandchildren.
ALINA ORENDAIN-CALDERON: A student in her final year at San Diego State University (SDSU), Alina is double majoring in Sustainability and International Security & Conflict Resolution, with specialization in Environmental Security. During her studies, she researched extensively the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also known as the Agenda2030. As the Project Manager of the UNA-USA San Diego’s Working Group San Diego For Sustainable Development (SD4SD), Alina's passion is directed towards advocacy & legislation efforts on sustainable development locally. After her graduation in May, she will pursue a career in rural sustainable development.
BETTINA HAUSMANN: As the President & Executive Director of UNA-USA San Diego, Bettina provides both visionary and strategic leadership as well as operational management to all of the organization's activities in continuing the legacy in advocating for a shared humanity with global responsibility. Growing up in East Germany (former GDR), Bettina's early adulthood was shaped by Cold War Era politics and living life behind the Iron Curtain. These personal experiences resulted in her strong sense of community and the understanding of the importance of collective memory, cultural conflict and peace. Over the past thirteen years, Bettina has been a frequent delegate to UN High-Level Plenary meetings and panels worldwide, among other Rio+20 that gave birth to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
RICK-ARLO YAHLIRA: A member of the UNA-USA San Diego Working Group San Diego For Sustainable Development (SD4SD), Rick-Arlo upholds Sustainable Development/Agenda2030 as a local and international platform to channel activism into the creation of a better world. As a Millennial, he utilizes Social Media to influence his generation inito participatory politics and global advocacy. By being an active volunteer for the San Diego World Affairs Council, San Diego Panama Sister City Association and the San Diego International Sister Cities Association, Rick-Arlo has focused on engaging people at the community level to help promote international affairs, peace and justice build on dialogue and shared humanity.
SUE LOWE: Sue is the Digital Communications Manager for Desert AIDS Project, a Federally Qualified Health Center located in Palm Springs. In this role, she manages the organization's social media strategy, editorial calendar, websites, and digital advocacy efforts. In her spare time, Sue serves as a Congressional District Leader (CDL) with ONE, a global advocacy and campaigning organization. During her time with ONE, she campaigns to secure robust funding for life-saving programs such as the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.