Directors

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.

Cristy West
Cristy 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.

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.

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.

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.

Tom Carver
Tom Carver

Tom Carver is the CEO of AfricaWorks, a social enterprise developing a platform for African expertise as a key resource for the development community. Having lived in Africa for three years as the BBC’s correspondent, he has maintained contact with the continent as a consultant to international institutions and major corporations. Tom is a former British Army officer who became one of the BBC’s top foreign reporters, working as the BBC correspondent in Africa, Balkans, London, Russia and Washington. After leaving the BBC, he ran the Washington office of Control Risks, where he advised on reputational, political and operational risk in emerging markets. He built the first ever human rights compliance program for the International Finance Corporation (IFC). He was hired by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace to overhaul their engagement with stakeholders. During his time, he helped to win numerous awards for the organization, including top North American Think Tank, and Think Tank Publication of the Year. Carnegie’s external relations team was ranked #1 out of 6,500 think tanks worldwide. He has also been a senior vice president at Chlopak, Leonard & Schechter, one of Washington’s leading strategic communicaitons consultancies. Tom is a former board member of VSO, the UK’s Peace Corps. He has a BA Honors in Modern History, and attended the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

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.

2018 AP Team

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

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

Francesca Cepero
Graphic Designer
Francesca Cepero
Graphic Designer

Francesca is a first-generation college student at Saint Xavier University studying for a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and has studied abroad twice. Her work with the Advocacy Project is facilitated by a selective program that brings students to Washington DC in order to experience their field. She is interested in humanitarian efforts and cultural exchange. She has worked closely with Habitat For Humanity, and have traveled to Costa Rica in efforts to clean beaches, build sidewalks and paint schools. My professional goals include the use of art and design to cause a positive change.

Katie Dallimore
Fellowship Assistant
Katie Dallimore
Fellowship Assistant

Katie is a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park, and is currently studying Women’s Studies and International Development and Conflict Management. She has a BA in Government and Politics and has previously interned at the Darfur Women Action Group and United Way of Frederick County. Her travel experience includes studying abroad in Chile and she is originally from Wales. This fall, Katie will be interning as the Fellowship Assistant, where she will be evaluating the fellowship programs and services offered to our partners from the summer. She is passionate about advocating for women’s rights and sustainable international development.

Connor Reitler
Outreach and Fundraising Assistant
Connor Reitler
Outreach and Fundraising Assistant

Connor is currently studying at American University seeking a bachelor’s degree in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG), while being a member of an accelerated program known as Politics, Policy, and Law (PPL). This fall he will be interning as the Outreach and Fundraising Assistant, where he will be working on supporting our campaigns through seeking donor and public support. He is passionate about sustainable humanitarian aid that aims to empower the local population, more specifically in removing the financial barriers that limit one’s ability towards achieving care. He has experience working with international topics, for he has spent time at the US Embassy in Dakar, Senegal as a Communications Liaison intern. Connor is excited to work for these causes and begin to make a difference in the world.

Alexandra West
Development Associate
Alexandra West
Development Associate

Ali is a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park, and is studying History, International Development, Conflict Management and Spanish. She is passionate about the advocacy of human rights on an international scale, and especially interested in the rights of women, refugees, and indigenous peoples. She has previous peacekeeping and development experience in Israel/Palestine and Honduras. This past summer she had the wonderful opportunity to assist the Advocacy Project with its fundraising operations, in which she will managed donations that ultimately promoted social change for people in marginalized communities. Now, Ali is working on website and IT, and is managing grant opportunities at AP.  She is excited to continue working with an organization that empowers local change-makers all over the globe.

Princia Calida Vas
Program Associate
Princia Calida Vas
Program Associate

Princia, born in India and raised in United Arab Emirates, is a second year Master of Public Policy candidate at the University of Maryland-College Park focusing on International Development and Social Policy. She is passionate about issues pertaining to human rights, advocacy, conflict resolution and peace building. As Program Associate at AP, Princia will be help support two main programs centered around Ending Child Labor in Nepali Brick Factories and resolving conflict between Pastoralists in Kenya . She will also work on developing a model to support international community-based organizations through technical services.

Associates

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.

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.