Foundations for Leadership is a non-profit, education organization dedicated to equipping young people for success in education, career, and civic life. With Model UN as a cornerstone, we promote experiential learning that develops a collaborative approach to solving problems.
Supporting educators is core to our work. We offer teacher professional development and classroom resources to help schools and districts build Model UN programs or professionalize existing ones. Our team has more than 30 years combined experience in program design, implementation, and resource development. Foundations for Leadership is particularly attuned to the needs of public school educators. Thanks to generous partnerships with higher education institutions and community leaders, we provide year-round support and learning opportunities to both teachers and students.
Who We Are
Michael Chirichello Ed.D
International Consultant, former school superintendent and professor
Michael J. Lenaghan Ed.D
Mardee Jenrette Endowed Teaching Chair, Miami Dade College and the Honors College
Douglas Rivero, Ph.D
Academic Chair & Professor of Political Science, St. Petersburg College
Lucia Rodriguez Ed.D
Director, Global Masters in Development, The Earth Institute at Columbia University
Senior Media and Marketing Consultant, Tim Rosta Inc.
Communications Specialist, Texas Computer Education Association
Jessica Webb (Ex-Officio)
Social Studies Staff Developer, Pinellas County Schools