WASHINGTON, D.C.—The United Nations Foundation, the charity founded and backed by media mogul Ted Turner, has named Aaron Sherinian as executive director of communications and public affairs. Sherinian will lead the foundation's public relations efforts, media relationships, strategic outreach, and continue to build its on-line presence.
Prior to joining the UN Foundation, Sherinian served as managing director for public affairs at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. government agency dedicated to global poverty reduction and long-term economic growth partnerships. He specialized in communications and international development issues during a decade of public service with the U.S. State Department as a member of the Foreign Service, with experience in Ecuador, Armenia, and Costa Rica.
His new assignment with the UN Foundation includes an aggressive plan to help the organization strengthen its relationships with new and non-traditional media to highlight how the foundation connects resources, ideas, and people to UN causes.
"Innovative solutions to the world's problems require innovative ways to communicate about them, " says UN Foundation president Timothy Wirth. "Aaron's experience in finding new ways to talk about issues like global health, sustainable development, empowering women and girls, and climate change and the environment will help us energize the conversation about the UN and the U.S.-UN relationship."