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.

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

2022 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.

Bobbi Fitzsimmons
Quilt Coordinator
Bobbi Fitzsimmons
Quilt Coordinator

Bobbi has lived and worked in many countries.  She spent most of her professional life in education as a teacher, professor, administrator, and international consultant.  She established a graduate program for federal teachers in Europe and was a founding member of a women’s crisis center in Germany.  She is also an award-winning quilter and fiber arts teacher, having taught quilting and embroidery in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.  She has completed over a dozen quilts for the Advocacy Project and has curated two exhibitions at US museums.  She seems to have finally found her ‘why’ in life (re: Nietzsche) by helping others.  Though it doesn’t show in this brief bio, she has a well-developed sense of humor and a daring spirit. She loves words, good food, baseball, and life in general – but not necessarily in that order.

Maria Downey
Ukraine Fellow
Maria Downey
Ukraine Fellow

Maria Downey is a senior at the University of Maryland-College Park where she is majoring in Government & Politics International Relations, Economics, and French, as well as minoring in International Development and Conflict Management. Maria has also studied Peace & Conflict through the Fred Cuny Summer Program located in Pristina, Kosovo. She has also interned remotely for a government consulting firm based in Kyiv, Ukraine, and is currently continuing her advocacy efforts as a Government Affairs Intern for Razom for Ukraine. As a first generation Ukrainian, she is looking to apply her experience in advocacy and conflict resolution to aiding Ukraine in its ongoing efforts to defend itself in its war against Russia.

Delaney Rogers
Project Manager
Delaney Rogers
Project Manager

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.

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.

Jonathan Bramell
Creative Consultant
Jonathan Bramell
Creative Consultant

Jonathan Bramell is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland, having earned his BA in Medieval and Modern European History and minor in International Development and Conflict Management. He began working with AP in 2020 as a Creative Consultant and currently designs charity catalogs for the Sister Artists 2 and COVID Artists initiative as a Peace Fellow. In his free time, he runs a Conflict News page and shares Open-Source Intelligence findings on conflicts around the world, with his most recent focus centering on Ukraine. Jonathan is passionate about human rights and documenting the experiences of those affected by poverty and conflict and is excited to be part of the team at AP to help marginalized peoples.

Gill Rebelo
Gill Rebelo

Gill Rebelo was born in U.K. and holds dual citizenship of both U.K. and Kenya, having lived in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, since 1971. She holds a University of London Teachers’ Certificate in Home Economics, Needlework and English and has taught in London, Hong Kong and Nairobi. In 1997 Gill was one of the founder members of The Kenya Quilt Guild and she has been an active member of the Committee for over 20 years. She was also a co-founder of The Kenya Embroiderers’ Guild and served as Guild secretary for a number of years. Gill is a South African Quilters’ Guild (SAQG) Accredited Judge and a SAQG Recommended Teacher and has exhibited her quilts in Kenya, Canada, France and South Africa. In 2019 Gill was approached by The Advocacy Project to lead the training of a team of under privileged women to make a quilt for the UNFPA Summit in Nairobi. This resulted in the Woman’s World Quilt. Since then the team has made several Covid quilts many embroidered animal blocks which have been made into small quilts by quilting partners in the US under the Sister Artists scheme.

Kyle Aloof
Uganda Fellow
Kyle Aloof
Uganda Fellow

Kyle is a master’s student at Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University where he focuses on conflict & development, international economic development, and international nongovernmental organizations. Prior to Bush, Kyle spent several months in Honduras during the Coronavirus pandemic teaching English to students and adults and building educational computer activities. Prior to his experience in Honduras, Kyle spent the summer of 2019 in Kroo Bay, Sierra Leone teaching English and math at the We Yone Child Foundation Primary School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Editing, Writing, and Media from Florida State University and a minor in International Affairs. During his undergraduate, he served as President of the university Rotaract Club, Secretary of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, and Treasurer of the Caring & Helping in Community Service (C.H.I.C.S) Club. Kyle is an avid traveler and has visited a dozen countries in the last three years. Some of his favorites include Tunisia, Guatemala, Turkey, and Israel. One of his proudest accomplishments is being awarded a $25,000 grant from an essay writing competition and using the entirety of the funds to build a library/children’s center in Kroo Bay, Sierra Leone. Kyle is very much looking forward to working with GDPU in Uganda and learning more about the important work they do.

Julia Holladay
Kenya Fellow
Julia Holladay
Kenya Fellow

Julia is a graduate student at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs pursuing a Master of Arts in International Affairs with a concentration in development and global gender policy. Her interests lie primarily at the intersection of migration, climate change, and humanitarian action. Prior to her fellowship with the Advocacy Project, Julia was a Climate Displacement intern at Refugees International where she executed research for the Climate Displacement Program, and wrote blogs and policy briefs connecting migration and climate change and awareness around gender-based violence perpetrated against Eritrean women refugees in Tigray. Julia has also worked in communications, public relations, and advocacy on a variety of issues including immigration and national security. As a Peace Fellow, Julia will support the Children’s Peace Initiative Kenya by helping them develop a survey to integrate more climate-related programming into their work and develop the outlines of a 3-year program.

Dawa Sherpa
Zimbabwe Fellow
Dawa Sherpa
Zimbabwe Fellow

Dawa Sherpa (she/her/hers) is a master’s student at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. She is pursuing an International Affairs degree concentrating in Women, Peace, & Security, and Conflict and Development. Dawa is originally from Nepal and moved to the United States 10 years ago to pursue further education. Before starting graduate school last year, she worked in the financial industry for five years in New York. Dawa is passionate about advocating for women's education and empowerment. Growing up in a patriarchal society, education played a central role in Dawa’s life to overcome gender biases and stereotypes. Aside from studying, she is currently working on building her passion project, an education non-profit that will provide scholarships to girls in marginalized communities of Nepal. After graduation, she is excited to be part of international development projects that focus on gender equality through women's education and entrepreneurship. Dawa believes that every girl deserves a quality education and the opportunity to lead a life of choice, independence, and freedom. 

Daniel Gurevitch
Kenya Fellow
Daniel Gurevitch
Kenya Fellow

Daniel Gurevitch is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Political Science and Psychology with a minor in Computer Science. His interests currently lie in Peace and Conflict Resolution, an area of study he hopes to learn more about through his work as a Peace Fellow at the Advocacy Project with the Children's Peace Initiative Kenya. Daniel has experience traveling and working abroad, visiting the United Kingdom, Mexico, France, and more as well as virtually interning with the Moroccan Center for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship. As the grandson of immigrants forced to leave Egypt due to religious persecution, Daniel has a deep interest in pursuing a career path that will allow him to help defend individuals’ rights in ways his grandparents were not afforded.

Aimee Benitez
Zimbabwe Fellow
Aimee Benitez
Zimbabwe Fellow

Aimee Benitez (she/her) was born in Guatemala, where she lived for the first four years of her life before migrating to the U.S. She is currently at UCLA double majoring in International Development Studies and Public Affairs. Throughout her time at UCLA, Aimee has served in a wide variety of leadership roles including being a student advocate for undocumented immigrants and as a policy fellow for the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Institute where she further connects her passions for mobilization, data analysis, and research to create sustainable policy change. Between her background as a student of global relations, interests in grassroots advocacy, research experience, and incessant advocacy for development she finds that they all contribute to her deep commitment to the Advocacy Project's mission.

Therese McCarry
Nepal Fellow
Therese McCarry
Nepal Fellow

Therese McCarry is studying international development and pursuing a certificate in gender, peace, and security as a graduate student in the Master of Science in Foreign Service program at Georgetown University. Previously, she obtained her bachelor degree in business and anthropology from the University of Notre Dame. As an undergraduate student, she interned with the Foreign Commercial Service at the US Mission to the EU in Brussels. After graduation, she oversaw community engagement for a refugee resettlement agency in New York City before joining the Peace Corps in North Macedonia in the community development sector. 

Evan Cranmer
Bangladesh Fellow
Evan Cranmer
Bangladesh Fellow

Evan is a sophomore undergraduate at the University of Maryland - College Park, majoring in Government & Politics and minoring in LGBTQ+ Studies. Recently, he has enjoyed volunteering with the Terps for Change program, where he assisted the Seabury Resources For Aging program. He is excited to join The Advocacy Project Team and support the River Gypsy community in Bangladesh this summer.