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.

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.

Colleen Denny
Colleen Denny

Colleen graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with a Masters in International Public Policy with an affiliation in Conflict Management. Colleen is a native of Buffalo, NY and graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science and a commissioning as an Ensign in the U.S. Coast Guard. Immediately following graduation, she served on the Coast Guard Cutter FORWARD. In January 2010, the FORWARD responded to an earthquake that struck Port Au Prince, Haiti. As a responder, she led the first shore excursions into Port Au Prince to provide medical care and deliver humanitarian supplies. She was also responsible for coordinating helicopter medical evacuations in and out of the harbor. In 2011, she sailed with the FORWARD to Western Africa where she trained the newly created Liberian Coast Guard, Senegalese Navy, and Sierra Leone Navy. After completing another at-sea assignment and then a shore-side special staff assignment, in 2015, she transferred to serve as the Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Cutter DONALD HORSLEY, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. While captain of the ship, the crew netted over $7 million in illicit narcotics, successfully interdicted multiple human smugglers, and conducted Search and Rescue operations in the Caribbean which resulted in seven lives saved.

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.

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.

Josh Levy
Josh Levy

A graduate of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and Florida State University, Josh has a background in economics and project management. While attaining his Master's Degree, Josh held a temporary appointment as a consultant for The World Bank, and was selected for the United Nation's prestigious internship program. After graduating, he joined The Advocacy Project as a Peace Fellow in Uganda and worked with the Gulu Disabled Persons Union to build the first accessible toilet for Tochi Primary School. Since then, AP and GDPU have continued to scale up the accessible toilet program. After completing his fellowship, Josh moved to India where he managed a micro-finance program targeting female entrepreneurs as well as an agricultural economic development program for rural farmers suffering from drought. Today Josh is the Chief Operating Officer for Levy Realty Advisors Inc., his family's real estate firm which has a portfolio of over 3.5 million square feet of commercial and industrial properties in South Florida.

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.

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.

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.

2019 AP Team

Karen Delaney
Executive Director
Karen Delaney
Executive Director

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
Deputy Director
Iain Guest
Deputy 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

Ruhee Singh
Fellowship Assistant
Ruhee Singh
Fellowship Assistant

Ruhee Singh is a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in Political Science and Pre-Law, with a minor in Philosophy. In 2018,she served as Phi Mu’s Executive Philanthropy Chair as well as Alpha Chi Sigma’s Pledge Educator. Before moving to Washington, she interned at Seiller Waterman, LLC in Louisville, Kentucky. Ruhee's passion for humanitarian issues and advocating for those without a voice motivated her to apply to intern for The Advocacy Project. She is excited to join the team as the Fellowship Assistant this Spring!

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.