Ed Elmendorf most recently served as President and Chief Executive of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), he served in that position until the end of February 2011 during UNA-USA's strategic alliance with the United Nations Foundation.
Elmendorf started his international career in the U.S. Foreign Service at the U.S. Mission to the UN under Adlai Stevenson, and has been deeply engaged with international institutions since. After working at the U.S. Mission, he became a staff member at the UN, and followed that with a 30-year career at the World Bank.
Most recently, Elmendorf served four years as the President of the largest local Chapter of UNA-USA, the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA). He was elected in June 2009 by UNA-USA members as Chair of the UNA-USA Council of Chapters and Divisions (CCD).
Elmendorf's long career at the World Bank, where he started in 1970, focused on policy planning, loan programming, and project development with African countries. He was also involved in personnel management, country assistance strategy and lending, and macroeconomic policy in Ethiopia, Somalia, and Sudan, as well as in Indian Ocean countries.
In addition, Elmendorf has worked and written on health strategy and policy, largely in Africa, for the World Bank and other organizations, and was a co-author of the book Better Health in Africa, published by the World Bank in 1994.
Since retiring in 2000, Elmendorf has taught at The Johns Hopkins University and consulted for the World Bank, World Health Organization, UN Development Programme, and the U.S. Institute of Medicine. He has been an officer or a board member of UNA-NCA for about 15 years, with responsibilities for strategic planning, development, the Advisory Council, and programs. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in German literature from Yale University; has a master's degree in economics from George Washington University; and a master's in public health from The Johns Hopkins University. Elmendorf is married with three children and has five grandchildren.