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Nadia Komarnyckyj McConnell is the Founder and the President of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, one of Washington’s most visible organizations focused on US-Ukraine relations. Mrs. McConnell has been recognized through the years as a social entrepreneur visionary using her unique, steady, approach to building solid organizations and structures that make a difference in the world. Today in this critical time for the nation and people of Ukraine, Mrs. McConnell directs the development and implementation of projects and represents the Foundation in all related U.S.-Ukraine affairs. Prior to establishing the Foundation, Mrs. McConnel held several positions in the United States government including Director of Congressional Relations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Deputy Assistant Administrator for Legislative Affairs for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (1983 - 1987). While in the private sector Mrs. McConnell was involved in numerous activities related to Ukraine. She established and chaired Ukraine 2000, a Washington-based organization that played an active role in educating the American administration and Congress regarding Ukraine and urged stronger relations between the Untied States and Ukraine. Mrs. McConnel has received a number of awards for her community service, an Alumni Achievement Award from Arizona State University and several meritorious citations for her accomplishments from Presidents Kuchma and Yushchenko.