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 communications 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.

Talley Diggs
Talley Diggs

Talley, a former AP Peace Fellow, works for the UN's World Food Programme in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, to support Rohingya refugees. Talley coordinates outreach to the private sector the Africa. Prior to the UN Talley worked at the McLarty Associates in Washington DC, where she advised Fortune 500 companies on doing business in African markets. Prior to joining McLarty Associates, Talley served as an AP Peace Fellow in 2017. Through AP, she worked in Nairobi with Children Peace Initiative Kenya to build peace between pastoralist tribes in northern Kenya. Talley has also worked with Chemonics’ East and Southern Africa Office, the UN Foundation’s Better World Campaign, and in the Senate as a Congressional Foreign Policy Fellow. Before moving to Washington DC, Talley worked with the World Food Programme in Dar es Salaam and served as an English teacher in France. Talley obtained her MA in International Affairs from George Washington University’s Elliott School, where her studies focused on security and development issues in Sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally, her Capstone research took her to the South Caucasus to investigate Russian influence in Azerbaijan and Armenia. She received her undergraduate degree in International Affairs, French, and English at the University of Mississippi.

Barbara Fitzsimmons
Barbara Fitzsimmons

An enthusiastic supporter of AP's quilt program, Barbara (Bobbi) is a retired educator who has taught at all levels of education from preschool through graduate school. She has a BA in history from Old Dominion University and an MSED and Ed.D. from the University of Southern California. As a curriculum specialist, she developed training programs for USC in Germany, for the US Navy in Newfoundland, Canada, and a graduate program for the Overseas Federation of Teachers for teachers in the DoD Dependents Schools on three continents. In the US, she has been an associate professor at Lasell College (Newton, MA) and Morris College (Sumter, SC). She was also Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the North Kingstown, RI school district. As an educational consultant, she worked with a team to improve the national education programs of Pakistan, Egypt, and the UAE. Now retired, Bobbi is an outside evaluator of dissertations and education papers for Pakistan universities and education journals. She is also a docent and children’s program educator at the Cameron Museum of Art in Wilmington, NC. She is an award-winning quilter who has conducted workshops and made presentations about quilting to schools, libraries, educational conferences, and guilds. Since 2010, she has made quilts for the Advocacy Project from Kosovo, Uganda, Palestine, Nepal(3), and Syria.

Devin Greenleaf
Devin Greenleaf

A former AP Peace Fellow, Devin 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.

Karen Delaney
Karen Delaney

Karen, a Brazilian national, served as Executive Director at AP between 2018 and 2019, before stepping down to join the AP Board and move back to the UK. Karen 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. As Executive Director of AP Karen's responsibilities covered administration, fundraising, partnerships, human resources and fellowship program. Karen now lives in the UK where she works in the Private Sector.  Email: kdelaney@advocacynet.org

2021 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 recently stepped down as an adjunct professor at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, where he taught human rights. Email: iain@advocacynet.org

Abby Hack
Administrator
Abby Hack
Administrator

Abby is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois. She is a Global Studies and History major with a focus in human rights. She speaks French and is in the process of learning Arabic. Abby studied in Paris in spring of 2020 where she had the opportunity to learn and interact with the different immigrant communities there. She is very passionate about global issues and is excited to use this time at the Advocacy Project to tackle some of these issues in a concrete way.

Mary Ellen Cain
Financials
Mary Ellen Cain
Financials

A native of Arkansas, Mary Ellen graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis with a bachelor’s degree in music and from The Catholic University in DC with a master’s degree in vocal performance. She has done administrative work at several local churches and has also been the alto section leader and soloist at the National Presbyterian Church and Washington Hebrew Congregation for many years. In September 2019, she began working at The Advocacy Project as a part-time financial manager. She lives in Silver Spring, MD and, when not working or singing, enjoys visiting with friends and with her four grown children and grandson who all live in the metro area.

Cara Adams
Zimbabwe Fellow
Cara Adams
Zimbabwe Fellow

Cara Adams is a junior at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign studying law, sociology and political science. She plans to utilize those subjects to craft an interdisciplinary approach to societal problems facing underprivileged communities. Cara has always been passionate about implementing innovative solutions to social issues and that is what brought her to The Advocacy Project. Cara is very excited to be working with young women to improve hygeine and resist child marriage in Zimbabwe, and is looking forward to helping women tell their stories through advocacy quilts.

Ryan Pham
Vietnam Fellow
Ryan Pham
Vietnam Fellow

Originally hailing from Orange County, California, Ryan is finishing his final year as an undergraduate student at the University of California, Riverside. He is a public policy major with concentrations in both foreign policy and policy processes. During his studies, he was involved in the Adversity and Adaptation Lab as a research assistant as well as a current committee member of the Highlander Action Committee, a student advocacy organization. He was interested in working for The Advocacy Project in order to help spread awareness of unheard voices around the world. His interests include running and cooking.

Dan Alpert
Uganda Fellow
Dan Alpert
Uganda Fellow

Dan Alpert is a senior marketing major and international development and conflict management minor at the University of Maryland. Throughout his time at the university, Dan has served in a wide variety of leadership roles on campus and currently serves as the Student Body President. In other roles, Dan has served as a marketing intern at an international non-profit operating in 40+ countries, the community service chair in different organizations on campus, and as the Student Liaison to the College Park City Council. In his capstone to international development class, Dan had the opportunity to consult a community-based organization in Kenya looking to expand his capacity building trainings which spurred his interest in the intersection of business and development.

Delaney Rogers
Kenya Fellow
Delaney Rogers
Kenya Fellow

Delaney Rogers is a senior at the University of California-San Diego, majoring in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. Having a mother who fled her home country due to religious persecution, human rights is incredibly important and personal to her. She hopes to pursue a career that advocates for tolerance.

Anastaseya Kulikova
Uganda Fellow
Anastaseya Kulikova
Uganda Fellow

Anastaseya is a first generation Ukrainian-American living in Chicago, IL. She is a sophomore studying Political Science and Public Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her past political experiences include volunteering for political campaigns and interning for Champaign County Clerk, Aaron Ammons in Champaign, IL. Anastaseya joined the Advocacy Project because she is inspired by the work the organization has done to uplift communities and raising awareness for issues like sexual assault and gender inequality. 

Savannah Kopp
Uganda Fellow
Savannah Kopp
Uganda Fellow

Savannah Kopp is a senior economics major with a minor in international development and conflict management at the University of Maryland. She is passionate about using economic development to stabilize communities experiencing conflict. Savannah is excited to be working on projects to increase sanitation in schools, as all children should have the opportunity to pursue their dreams and increase their economic stability.

Gio Liguori
Video
Gio Liguori
Video

Gio is a currently a junior at The George Washington University, majoring in political science and criminal justice with a minor in history. He began working with AP early in 2020 as a Video Production Assistant, editing and producing two films highlighting projects in Uganda and Zimbabwe. Working closely with AP after his tenure as an intern, Gio has continued his involvement with the team throughout the year, recently editing a film on the acceptance of a $31,960 grant to prevent child marriages amongst young women in Zimbabwe. Through his time with AP, he has found a passion for nonprofit and humanitarian work and may pursue this interest in the future. He looks forward to his continued partnership with the Advocacy Project and creating films showcasing the fantastic work AP does!

Prabal Thapa
Nepal Fellow
Prabal Thapa
Nepal Fellow

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.

Grace McGuire
Nepal Fellow and graphic design
Grace McGuire
Nepal Fellow and graphic design

Grace is a senior at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland. At Whitman, Grace is a member of the student government and has raised funds and awareness for several charities including Children’s National and the National Suicide Hotline. Grace is the co-President of the Whitman Chapter of Girl Up, a charity that creates advocacy and awareness for adolescent girls in places where it is hardest to be a girl. Last summer, Grace participated in Girls Who Code summer immersion program. Grace is very interested in social justice and the rights of adolescent girls. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Grace has been making face masks and selling them to raise funds for Kakenya’s Dream. Grace's face mask making efforts were recently featured on the PBS NewsHour. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/mask-shortage-spurs-americans-to-action-with-their-sewing-machines 

Jeremiah Gatlin
Senegal Fellow
Jeremiah Gatlin
Senegal Fellow

Jeremiah is a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. At Fletcher he seeks to understand how international and domestic law impact the migration process within West Africa and the various strategies that migrants utilize throughout their journeys. Originally from Wisconsin, he received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. After college, Jeremiah volunteered with AmeriCorps as an Employment & Education Navigator at CAPI USA in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he worked with immigrants and refugees to better understand the US job market, access trainings, and develop the skills necessary to achieve their career goals. After AmeriCorps he volunteered with Peace Corps Guinea for two years as an Agroforestry Extension Agent. During this period Jeremiah developed working relationships within his host community to support the creation of a cashew cooperative. Jeremiah hopes to continue learning and growing in order to appropriately and effectively support migrant communities within and from West Africa. 

Matthew Nyanplu
Liberia Fellow
Matthew Nyanplu
Liberia Fellow

Matthew Nyanplu is currently on a Peace Fellowship to Liberia, his home country, for The Advocacy Project. His peace fellowship is focusing on learning recovery lessons from survivors of the 2014-2016 Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in Liberia to inform recovery and policy for persons and communities recovering from covid-19 in the global south. He is working with the National Ebola Survivors Network of Liberia to carry out his activities in the next three months. A graduate student in Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University’s Fletcher School, Matthew has immense interest in pursuing justice for vulnerable populations and is excited that the AP opportunity enables him to do just that.

Avyan Mejdeen
Liberia Fellow
Avyan Mejdeen
Liberia Fellow

Avyan Mejdeen is currently heading into her senior year at Concordia College in Moorhead. She is majoring in political science and global studies with a concentration in international affairs and a minor in interfaith studies. After undergrad, she looks forward to spending a year abroad with a human rights organization or governmental agency as part of her gap year before heading to law school. Avyan wants to specialize in international human rights and civil rights law. Before pursuing the legal profession Avyan was committed to becoming a physician. Her experiences, which included a forced marriage changed her outlook and passion towards the career she wanted to pursue. She is dedicated to helping victims of international domestic violence and forced marriage, especially when it comes to child marriage. Her traumatic experience turned out to be a blessing because it not only allowed her to broaden her scope on life but also to make an impact in the field where many legal professionals were not readily available to help her at the time. Joining The Advocacy Project for Avyan meant she could gain experience in helping individuals when it came to human rights issues/violations. The experiences that The Advocacy Project offers are crucial to expanding knowledge and skills in this field, as well as getting Avyan prepared for a career as an international human rights attorney and advocate.

Miriam Correia
Quilt Fellow
Miriam Correia
Quilt Fellow

Miriam Correia is working on her Masters in Public Administration at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut. Her background has been in nonprofit administration and she is hoping that her future will be in public policy and international relations.  She is excited to be working with the Advocacy Project because of all the good it does in marginalized communities throughout the world.

Saliha Gozel
Uganda Fellow
Saliha Gozel
Uganda Fellow

Saliha is a Master's Candidate at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service through the Pedro Arrupe Scholarship for Peace. The events of the past few years in her home country have shaped her experiences and solidified her interest in sustainability, development, and peace. Toward this goal, she has concentrated her studies on Science, Technology, and International Affairs. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Relations at Bogazici University in Istanbul. She also studied abroad at Sciences Po Paris with the Erasmus Program. Her interests include film analysis and wood carving.

Sarina Maini
Zimbabwe Fellow
Sarina Maini
Zimbabwe Fellow

Sarina is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences, with a minor in international development and conflict management. As an aspiring physician, she is passionate about experiential learning opportunities that integrate her interests in global health with advocacy for social justice in countries with a history of conflict, poverty, and violence.  Born and brought up in New Delhi, India, she was deeply involved in promoting public awareness about good hygiene and communicable diseases. At the Advocacy Project, she is very excited to work with the courageous women of Zimbabwe to promote women empowerment and sanitation in their communities through sustainable and meaningful practices.

Nina Thakur
Outreach Fellow
Nina Thakur
Outreach Fellow

Nina Thakur is a rising Junior at South Forsyth High School. She is passionate about human rights, community service, and art. At South, she is Co-President of Vibha club, and has organized multiple fundraisers and community service projects within her community. During Covid19, she organized a grocery delivery drive to bring food to families facing food insecurity. She is also Vice President of her school’s chapter of National Art Honors Society, and the founder of art2inspire, a project that aims to increase access to visual arts in underserved communities. Through art2inspire she has delivered art supplies to 250 local students, as well as 85 students in India. She looks forward to working for the Advocacy Project to increase access to education for girls in Zimbabwe, and contribute to other projects.

Beliz Aluc
Kenya Fellow
Beliz Aluc
Kenya Fellow

I am Beliz and I was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. I am a rising junior at Pomona College majoring in International Relations and minoring in History. I have always been involved with advocacy work in my communities both in the U.S. and in Turkey. Especially in Turkey, I have been part of so many organizations that help Syrian refugees to settle in Turkey. My experience with Syrian refugees changed my perspective on global issues and what got me into international relations. I am really excited to work with the Advocacy Project and offer my knowledge and perspective to my partner organization. 

Anna Braverman
Uganda Fellow
Anna Braverman
Uganda Fellow

Anna (she/her) is a Master's Candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University studying public international law and human security. Her research centers around the international human rights regime and the implementation of universal human rights in local contexts. Prior to Fletcher, Anna did a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Puebla, Mexico, where she founded the first women's soccer team at her partner institution. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Colby College in 2019 with a double major in History and Classical Civilization. In her free time, Anna enjoys playing Fletcher Fútbol and creative writing.