Central | 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 Region Leadership

  • Nelson Bowman, Senior Managing Director, West United States

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

North Texas and Central Region Board of Directors


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


Southwest Board of Directors


  • Dr. Sippi Khurana, Chair
  • Amy Pierce, Vice Chair
  • Olsa Alikaj-Cano
  • Preity Bhagia
  • Alex Blair
  • Susan Boggio
  • Sarah Cove
  • Rania Daniel
  • Ali Dhanani
  • Ann Holmes
  • Dr. Jakeen Johnson
  • Leela Krishnamurthy
  • Eileen Lawal
  • Penny Loyd
  • Dr. Sreedhar Mandayam
  • Dr. Bruce McClendon
  • Marian McClendon
  • Mona Sarofim
  • Guillermo Sierra
  • Tatiana Sierra
  • 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 Region team


+1 (469) 754-3871


+1 (713) 963-9390

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


In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, UNICEF USA Central Region 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.