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NPCA and the United Nations ECOSOC Consultancy

NYCPCA on the Global Stage

In early 2023, the NYCPCA began a new initiative serving as representatives of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) at the United Nations.

In 2022, the NPCA was granted special consultative status at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UN, which works with more than 5,000 NGOs around the world to address global poverty and support the  17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN in 2015. 

As part of the consultancy, NYCPCA representatives attend UN events, submit written and oral statements to official ECOSOC meetings, and coordinate with other partners to advance the values of international volunteer service and sustainable development.

Read more about our participation in the 2023 High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, and share your thoughts on our engagement with the UN by sending an email to

Meet your ECOSOC representatives

Greg Emerson (Bocquet)

Greg joined the Peace Corps in Morocco in 2003, serving as a trainee until the program was suspended due to the Iraq war. He was reassigned to Peru, where he served from 2003-2005 as a community health volunteer in the high Andes. After leaving the Peace Corps he began working as a journalist, in Iceland and then in New York, where he got a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University. He has since worked on editorial and product teams at Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, HuffPost and The Atlantic.





Jennifer KrottingerJennifer (Jen) Krottinger

Jen is the business manager at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). Prior to NASA GISS, Jennifer worked for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Region II in the New York District Office and the New Jersey District Office, in government contracting and business development, for approximately five years. Before SBA, she served in the Peace Corps, in business and organizational development strengthening, in Belize. After completing her Peace Corps service, Jen stayed in-country working on projects until returning to the U.S. in 2015. Prior to the Peace Corps, she built a small business as a yoga and cycling instructor, and previously worked full-time on asset development and economic development initiatives at city, county, and state levels of government. Jen has a Master of Public Administration degree, a Bachelor of Business Administration, and an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in fashion design. She is currently working on launching a fashion brand and contemplating completion of a pilot’s license.


Kevin KwokKevin Kwok

Kevin is currently a board member and Chief Sustainability Officer to OMAO Brands, a bioplastics firm focused on climate change. He previously headed HSBC's ESG advisory practice in the Americas across all sectors on ESG and climate investor strategy and engagement, and was head of ESG fixed income research at MSCI. He is a returned volunteer from Mali, West Africa, and a mentor to the Clinton Global Initiative University.






Karina CasarezKarina Casarez

As a Peace Corps volunteer, Karina served in Myanmar as a Secondary Education English Teacher from 2018 to 2020. She is obtaining her master’s degree in global affairs at New York University as a Coverdell Fellow. She is concentrating her studies on international law and human rights and specializing in the work of the United Nations.






Connor GeiranConnor Geiran

Connor is a returned volunteer who served in Costa Rica as a community economic development volunteer between 2015-2017. After the Peace Corps, he and his wife (a fellow Costa Rica volunteer) moved to Washington, D.C. where he worked for the Department of State. He moved to New York in 2022.