National Council Member, United Nations Association
“Leaving No One Behind: Seasteads as a Hub of Humanitarian Action“
How transnational advocacy and youth empowerment can help the Seasteading movement to achieve the Global Goals and how these new startup societies can participate in the UN system
Zephanii has distinguished herself as an advocate for social innovation across governments, nonprofits, and businesses. Prior to pursuing her passion for public service as a congressional staffer, Zephanii developed leadership skills working to address unresolved issues in civil rights.
In 2009, she was elected to serve on the NAACP’s Board of Directors, where she worked to develop campaigns and development of socially-conscious and sustainable youth units; advocated for voting rights at the United Nations; and served as Vice Chair of the association’s nationally syndicated awards show, The IMAGE Awards.
At Claremont McKenna College, Zephanii earned her BA in Government and studied abroad in Jordan, England, and South Korea. She worked with the Kravis Leadership Institute and the People for the American Way Foundation to develop See It Through!, a social venture aimed at serving disconnected youth, inspired by her engagement with Opportunity Nation, a bipartisan national campaign comprised of 300+ cross-sector organizations working to expand economic mobility and close the opportunity gap in America.
Prior to joining the Obama Administration as an intern in the White House Office of Management and Administration, Zephanii served as a committee consultant to the California State Legislature working to ensure transparency and accountability in state agencies and programs.
Since 2015, Zephanii has expanded her global leadership through various roles within and across the U.N. system. She was nominated to serve as a distinguished fellow for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, where she spoke at the UN Headquarters about innovating from within institutions; and now serves as a civil society representative delegate to the United Nations, on behalf of NGO SustainUS. In 2016, Zephanii was elected as a member of the National Council of the United Nations Association for the United States of America where she will work to expand the role of civil society within the UN and help to identify opportunities to strengthen the organization through partnerships, innovation, and youth engagement.