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.

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. 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. 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.

William Lorié

Lawrence M. IngeneriWilliam 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 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.

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.

Scott Zeman

ZEMANTHUMBNAILScott 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.


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.



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.




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.



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.



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!



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.




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