Directors

Scott Allen
Scott Allen

Scott is a private investor and consultant, active in US politics, national security issues and with several non-profit organizations. He is the former US Director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a Senate confirmed appointment, during the second term of President Obama. For 23 years, he worked in international capital markets at several investment banks in NY, Tokyo and London, leaving his last position as a Managing Director in Credit & Rates at JP Morgan in London in 2004. Prior to his banking career, he spent six years as a merchant seaman. He earned an undergraduate degree from Sophia University in Tokyo in 1978 and a MS in International Business from Georgetown in 1982.

Scott Zeman
Scott Zeman

Scott Zeman, PhD, is Vice President for Academic Affairs at Alverno College. Prior to joining Alverno College, Zeman served as Provost at Salve Regina University, Dean of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at St. Thomas University, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at New Mexico Tech University. Originally from Scottsdale, Arizona, Zeman earned his PhD in History from Arizona State University. His areas of scholarly interest and research are American popular culture and the history of nuclear technology.

Christy West
Christy West

Cristy West has a BA from Barnard College, an MFA from Columbia University , an MA from George Washington University, and a PhD from the Union Institute. Over the years she has held jobs as an editor, writer, teacher, arts therapist, storyteller, and visual artist. Her special interests and concerns include: 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. She runs a private family foundation, the Brimstone Foundation, and has donated generously to AP. She is particularly interested in our work with advocacy quilts.

Bayo Oyewole
Bayo Oyewole

Bayo Oyewole holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Ibadan and an MBA from the University of Maryland. He has been with the World Bank Group since 1984. Bayo served in the office of the Executive Director where he represented the interests of 21 African countries. 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. Prior to the World Bank Group, Bayo worked with Deloitte and Touche in Nigeria.

William Lorié
William Lorié

William Lorié has held various roles in test publishing and human development organizations, including McGraw-Hill (Director of International Research and Development), the World Bank (Senior Education Specialist), and Pearson (Senior Research Scientist). He is Principal at Capital Metrics, a DC-based technical consulting firm. Will earned his PhD and MS from Stanford University. He is a former classroom teacher and a classically trained painter. 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, and the Psychometric Society. He chairs the Publications Committee of the National Council on Measurement in Education.

Lawrence M. Ingeneri
Lawrence M. Ingeneri

Larry 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. 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.

Devin Greenleaf
Devin Greenleaf

Devin Greenleaf is an executive producer for news planning with VICE Media. Previously, he was 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 with a focus on global human security and international communication and a Bachelors degree in English from the University of Utah.

Mary Louise Cohen
Mary Louise Cohen

Mary Louise is a founding partner of Phillips & Cohen LLP and has represented whistleblowers for more than 25 years in lawsuits brought to remedy fraud against the United States. Her firm has recovered more than $11 billion for state and federal governments in cases filed under the False Claims Act. In 2007, Mary Louise and singer Angelique Kidjo created the Batonga Foundation to support secondary education for girls in Africa. In 2010, together with Dr. Aziza Shad, she founded the Aslan Project to improve survival rates for children with cancer in the developing world. Mary Louise graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

2018 AP Team

Marianne Sangare
Fundraising and Outreach Assistant
Marianne Sangare
Fundraising and Outreach Assistant

Marianne grew up in Austria. In addition to English, she speaks German and French. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in government and politics. Prior to the Advocacy Project, she was involved in the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc (CLINIC). Marianne is passionate about reading, soccer, playing the saxophone, visiting museums, watching plays and movies.   Email: msangare@advocacynet.org

Lana Zimmerman
Fellowship Assistant
Lana Zimmerman
Fellowship Assistant

Lana is a Political Science major with an emphasis in Politics and Government from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and she is minoring in Sustainability. Lana has served as a mental health peer educator for The Blues Project, a group that works to promote positive mental health. She has also served as the secretary for the CSUN Associated Students Sustainability Committee. Working to empower other people, particularly those given less opportunities for advancement in any society, is something that Lana is very passionate about. Lana is honored to spend her semester in Washington D.C. interning with the Advocacy Project. Email: lzimmerman@advocacynet.org

Day Vidal
Program Assistant
Day 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

Karen Delaney
Program Manager
Karen Delaney
Program Manager

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

Iain Guest
Executive Director
Iain Guest
Executive Director

Iain 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

Associates

Manita Basnat
CONCERN Associate
Manita Basnat
CONCERN Associate

Manita Basnet is originally from Kathmandu, Nepal. She is on her last year of her Bachelors in Social Work at Canvas International College, Tribhuvan University (TU). Manita started working as a volunteer for CONCERN-NEPAL in October 2016, being referred by one of her professors. She is excited to be now an AP Associate and to be able to keep contributing to this organization. She mostly enjoys doing field visits for CONCERN, as she wants to dedicate her professional career to help vulnerable children. On her free time, Manita likes reading novels and traveling to new places.

Anisa Alawi
CRP Associate
Anisa Alawi
CRP Associate

Anisa Alawi completed her Master’s (MSc) degree in Global Migration at University College London in 2014, specialising in refugee law and protection. She has volunteered and interned for numerous organisations including the Council of Europe and British Red Cross where she volunteered as a refugee caseworker before arriving in Jordan. In her spare time, she plays tennis, enjoys rock climbing and is a freelance web developer.

Prabal Thapa
NEFAD Associate
Prabal Thapa
NEFAD Associate

Prabal Thapa is a student at Kathmandu University majoring in Development Studies. He is particularly interested in Economics and has been working with NEFAD since 2015. He initially served as a volunteer and worked in a logistical capacity with various victim and family networks alongside Ram Bhandari, founder of NEFAD and his mentor. Since then, his role as developed to translation of interviews and program assistance. He is now the first NEFAD Associate and will be responsible for a variety of tasks including website management and coordination of the Bardiya Embroidery Cooperative.

Barbara Maina
CPI Associate
Barbara Maina
CPI Associate

Barbara has recently joined the team as an AP Associate and as CPI Kenya’s communications director. She has just completed her degree in Social Communication with a major in print and web media from Tangaza University College. She has a diploma in administration and management from Strathmore University. She has over ten years of experience as an administrator and has previously worked in the banking industry, for a presidential campaign, and for various private consultancies in Kenya.

Mary Paul
GDPU Associate
Mary Paul
GDPU Associate

Mary studied at Gulu University and has a bachelor degree in business administration where she focused on accounting. She’s interested in seeing a society where every women , child and people living with disability human rights are respected and they are included in the political , social, and economic activities of the country. With her financial background she would love to see a society where value for money is exhibited and would like to acquire more skills in accounting up to management level. Her hobbies include making new friends, trying new things, and caring for others especially children.

Tien Dat Tren
AEDP Associate
Tien Dat Tren
AEDP Associate

22-year-old Tien Dat Tran has previously served as a volunteer at the SOS Children’s Village, a program that provides foster care and social programs for needy kids here in his hometown of Dong Hoi; he spent last summer at the village as a volunteer martial arts teacher. Dat’s instinct to care for and teach children and his experiences with disabled people drew him to work at AEPD.