Directors

Mary Louise Cohen

Mary Louise Cohen is a founding partner of the law firm of Phillips & Cohen LLP, and has represented whistleblowers for more than 20 years in lawsuits to recover fraud damages for the United States Treasury. Before founding the law firm, Ms. Cohen spent many years in public service positions, serving as counsel and chief counsel to the Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice of the US Senate Judiciary Committee; legislative director for a national public interest organization working with law enforcement on gun safety issues; and counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Monopolies and Business Rights focusing on drug safety and business ethics. In 2007, Mary Louise joined with Beninese singer and songwriter, Angelique Kidjo to form the Batonga Foundation to support secondary education for girls in five African nations. She also serves as Chairman of the Opportunity Fund which supports health and education efforts abroad and on the Board of Directors for the INCTR. Mary Louise graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School where she was a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.

Devin Greenleaf

Devin Greenleaf is an editor with Al Jazeera, based in the Gulf. He served as an AP Peace Fellow in Nepal with the Jagaran Media Center in 2007, where he helped to develop the JMC’s national network of Dalit reporters. Devin became a long-time enthusiast for combining media arts and social justice while working with documentary filmmakers and in his hometown of Salt Lake City. He holds a Masters degree in international politics from American University, focused on global human security and international communication.

Lawrence M. Ingeneri

Lawrence M. IngeneriLarry Ingeneri earned a Bachelor’s degree from the US Naval Academy and served on submarines from 1982-1986 before earning an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Between 1988 and 1985, Larry was a Vice President for Corporate Finance at the Salomon Brothers Bank in New York. He then joined the senior management team which restructured Ascom Timeplex in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. Between 1996 and 2002, Larry served as Chief Financial Officer at the COLT Telecom Group in London, with operations in 13 countries and revenue of $1.5 billion. Between 2003 and 2015 he served as Chief Financial Officer at MindSHIFT Technologies, an IT service provider based in Waltham, Massachusetts. The company was sold to Ricoh Americas Holding Inc in 2014. Larry lives in Middletown, Rhode Island.

William Lorié

Lawrence M. IngeneriWilliam Lorié earned his PhD. from Stanford University in Education in 2001 and has worked at Rand Corporation, Stanford University, CTB/McGraw-Hill (Director of International Research and Development), the World Bank (Senior Education Specialist), EduMetrica (Founder and Director), Metrica Research Associates (Co-Founder and Managing Director), and Questar Assessment (Director of Education Research). Until recently he was also a Senior Research Scientist for Pearson. Will serves as a State Assessment Peer Reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education. He is well published, is a classically trained painter, and is also fluent in Spanish. In addition to his support for The Advocacy Project, Will also supports the Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop. He is a Member of the American Psychological Association, the American Educational Research Association, the National Council on Measurement in Education, and the Psychometric Society.

Bayo Oyewole

Bayo Oyewole has been with the World Bank Group since 1984. He served for several years as adviser, then senior adviser, in the office of the Executive Director where he represented the interests of 21 African countries on the World Bank’s executive board. He joined the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank’s private sector arm, in 2001, where he has managed IFC’s relationship with the international donor community and foundations. Bayo currently works in IFC’s Infrastructure Advisory Department where he advises African governments on how to structure effective public-private partnerships in the health sector. Before joining the World Bank Group, Bayo worked in the Nigerian affiliate of Deloitte and Touche in Lagos, Nigeria. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and an MBA from the University of Maryland, College Park. Bayo is married with two boys.

Christy West

Cristy West has a BA from Barnard College (American Studies); an MFA from Columbia University (School of the Arts); an MA from George Washington University (Art Therapy); and a PhD, from the Union Institute (Arts in Education).  Over the years she has held jobs as an editor, writer, teacher, arts therapist, storyteller, and visual artist. Her special interests and concerns are:  the environment; education and empowerment of marginalized women worldwide; and arts as a vehicle for personal healing and social transformation. In 2010, Cristy received the National Storytelling Network’s Oracle Award for her role in donating the Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling. Cristy runs a private family foundation – the Brimstone Foundation – and has donated generously to AP for the past eight years. She is particularly interested in our work with advocacy quilts.

Team

Iain Guest, Founder and Executive Director

Iain HeadshotIain has an extensive background working with civil society in countries in conflict. He was a Geneva-based correspondent for the London-based Guardian and International Herald Tribune (1976-1987); authored a book on the disappearances in Argentina; fronted several BBC documentaries; served as spokesperson for the UNHCR operation in Cambodia (1992) and the UN humanitarian operation in Haiti (2004); served as a Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace (1996-7); and conducted missions to Rwanda and Bosnia for the UN, USAID and UNHCR. He is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, where he teaches human rights.

Email: Iain@advocacynet.org

 

Karen Delaney, Fellowship Coordinator

Karen, a Brazilian national, graduated from The University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA degree – Major in Global Studies and Minor in History. Her work with The Advocacy Project started in 2015 when she interned as a Development Assistant. Now her responsibilities include administration, fundraising, and human resources. Karen also coordinates the fellowship program and supervises the interns in the DC office.

Email: kdelaney@advocacynet.org

 

 

Kirsten Drew, Marketing and Outreach Assistant

Kirsten recently graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies. She is currently attending American University through their Graduate Professional Studies program focusing in Diplomacy, Defense, and Development. Kirsten plans to attend graduate school next fall and earn her Master’s degree in Development Studies. Prior to her involvement with the Advocacy Project, she has studied and worked abroad generating her interest in international affairs, specifically population, environmental, and women.

Email: kdrew@advocacynet.org

 

Day Alvira Vidal, Program Assistant

Day Alvira Vidal is a recent graduate of Georgetown University with a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies concentrating on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution. As a graduate student, she served in Colombia’s Office of the High Commissioner for Peace, supporting the inclusion of the ethnic chapter in the final peace accord between the government and the FARC. She has also conducted extensive research and data analysis as a fellow with Georgetown’s Latin American Initiative. She has knowledge analyzing and designing public policy with a human rights and gender approach.

Email: dvidal@advocacynet.org

 

Langston Alexander, Administrative Assistant

Langston is native to the D.C. area, growing up in Takoma Park, MD. He currently attends University of Maryland in College Park studying Government and Politics with a concentration in International Development and Conflict Management. When he’s not at UMD or the Advocacy Project he enjoys hiking, rock climbing, or white water kayaking.  Langston is excited to join the Advocacy Project team this semester and learn what it takes to run an amazing international development non-profit!

Email: lalexander@advocacynet.org

 

Elifnaz Caliskan, Fundraising and Outreach Assistant

Elifnaz is a Government and Politics major from Izmir, Turkey, with a minor in International Development and Conflict Management. She is also working towards her joint Master’s degree with the School of Public Policy and specializes in International Security & Economic Policy and International Development Policy at the University of Maryland. She is certified in Multi-Track Diplomacy: Transforming Violent Conflict. She is the treasurer for the Turkish Student Organization and organizes events around Turkish food and culture. Elifnaz is fluent in four languages and loves to travel.

Email: ecaliskan@advocacynet.org

 

 

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