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Unitarian Universalist United Nation Office Staff Biographies
Bruce Knotts, Director
Bruce Knotts was born and raised in California. He got his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Pepperdine University and his Master’s Degree in International Education from the Monterey Institute of International Studies; both in California. Bruce was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia. He worked for Raytheon in Saudi Arabia and on a World Bank contract in Somalia, before he joined the Department of State as a U.S. diplomat in 1984. Bruce had diplomatic assignments in Greece, Zambia, India, Pakistan, Kenya, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire and The Gambia, where he was Deputy Chief of Mission. While in Cote d’Ivoire, Bruce served as the Regional Refugee Coordinator for West Africa coving all 16 nations of West Africa from Mauritania to Nigeria, but focusing on the refugees from the conflicts in Sierra Leone, Liberia and later in Cote d’Ivoire itself. In 2004, Bruce was elected to the Board of Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA). Bruce retired from the Foreign Service in 2007 and joined the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office as its Executive Director at the beginning of 2008.
Allison Hess, Envoy Coordinator
Allison grew up in Thousand Oaks, CA a third generation Unitarian Universalist. She graduated from Colby College in Waterville, ME with a B.A. in French Studies and double minored in Mathematics and Anthropology. After interning at the Unitarian Universalist-United Nations Office (UU-UNO) in 2012, Allison volunteered in the office while working at Indego Africa. She joined the UU-UNO as Envoy Coordinator at the beginning of 2015.
Anne Francois, Office and Intern Coordinator
Anne grew up in Livingston, New Jersey. She received a B.A. in History from the College of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey. Anne graduated from the New School in New York City, with an M.A. in International Affairs. Prior to joining the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, she was a Counselor/Mentor at Petals-N-Belles, an organization geared towards empowering and mentoring young girls.