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

2020 AP Team

Brigid Smith
Adminstrative Assistant
Brigid Smith
Adminstrative Assistant

Brigid is a rising junior at the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota majoring in Political Science, with an interest in international studies. Having grown up in Germany, Saudi Arabia, and El Salvador, Brigid hopes to continue working in various countries, especially within the sector of international development. Additionally, with experience as a peer writing tutor and activities volunteer at a health and rehab center, Brigid is drawn to projects where she can collaborate and learn from those around her. She was especially drawn to the Advocacy Project because of their unique, community-based approach for development, which she is particularly interested in.

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

Ezoza Ismailova
Website and IT Assistant
Ezoza Ismailova
Website and IT Assistant

Ezoza recently finished her junior year as a second-year resident advisor (RA), and first-year RA section leader. During her time being an RA, she received the Mid-Atlantic Association of College and University Housing Offices Academic Excellence Award. Her other involvements include historian of the History/International Affairs Club and PR co-chair of the Student Alumni Association. Most recently, she was part of the student planning committee for the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford's 2020 Presidential Inauguration Ceremony. Ezoza has utilized her past summers and breaks to intern at Duvall Rueter and Pruyne Law Firm, to job shadow the house representative for the 110th district, and to serve as a judge at previous National Speech and Debate Tournament and tournament qualifiers.

Mary Ellen Cain
AP Administrator
Mary Ellen Cain
AP Administrator

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 administrator. 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.

Grace McGuire
Social Media Assistant
Grace McGuire
Social Media Assistant

Grace is a rising 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 

Taylor Rudtner
Social Media Assistant
Taylor Rudtner
Social Media Assistant

Taylor is a rising junior at Elon University where she is double majoring in Political Science and International and Global Studies with minors in Italian and Peace and Conflict Studies. She became interested in advocacy work through her deep desire to make a difference in the world. Taylor studied in Ireland this past January and is planning on studying in Italy next spring where she will pursue research in the field of immigration policy. Despite not being in person, she is excited to be working with AP and to gain more knowledge regarding advocacy work.

Abby Hack
Administrative Assistant
Abby Hack
Administrative Assistant

Abby is a senior at 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 last spring 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.

Abby Stuckrath
Video Assistant
Abby Stuckrath
Video Assistant

Abby recently graduated from Denver School of the Arts in Denver, Colorado. This past year she served as an International Thespian Officer, where she represented more than 100,000 theatre students across the world. In this position she traveled across the nation to teach leadership and arts advocacy workshops to students, teaching them how they can use their passion for theatre to advocate for change. Abby has spent the last four years lobbying and advocating for arts education and funding, on a local, state, and federal level. Her passion for arts education, enacted her interests for social justice and women's rights. She is currently pursuing a BA in political science at American University with the hopes of joining the PeaceCorp after college.

Malien Tingpalpong
Project Assistant
Malien Tingpalpong
Project Assistant

Malien Tingpalpong is a freshman at American University, planning to major in journalism and political science. She is a part of the Mentorship Program DC. As a part of AP, she hopes to cultivate lasting relationships with the team and contribute as much hard work and dedication as possible to helping marginalized communities tell their stories.