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.

Talley Diggs
Talley Diggs

Talley works in the Africa Practice at McLarty Associates in Washington DC, where she advises 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. She 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

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

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.

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

Sam Nass
Programs Assistant
Sam Nass
Programs Assistant

Sam is a rising senior at the University of Maryland pursuing a B.A. in International Relations and a Master’s degree in Public Policy, with hopes to work permanently in fields relating to human rights and international development. Sam has prior experience in human rights advocacy both in Maryland and abroad, including Cairo, Egypt. He has also completed academic work relating mainly to geopolitical issues in the Middle East and North Africa, though he is interested in the history and politics of all regions. Now, Sam is joining the Advocacy Project as a Programs Assistant, where he is excited to learn about ongoing humanitarian issues around the globe while gaining firsthand experience in nonprofit administration. Email: snass@advocacynet.org

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Nathan Charles
Admin and Advocacy Quilt Assistant
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Nathan Charles
Admin and Advocacy Quilt Assistant

Nathan is a rising junior at Pomona College pursuing a major in international relations and a minor in anthropology. He has experience engaging with marginalized groups through his work as an English teacher for refugees in the D.C. area and southern California. He is so excited to be joining the AP team this summer, where he will be managing administrative duties and advocacy quilt projects. Nathan is looking forward to getting hands-on experience with international development work and community-based social change initiatives, as well as supporting the Peace Fellows as they further AP’s mission around the world.

Rachel Wright
Fellowship Assistant
Rachel Wright
Fellowship Assistant

Rachel Wright is currently a rising senior at the University of Kentucky pursuing a dual-degree in International Studies and Political Science with a minor in Spanish. Within these fields of study, Rachel’s coursework is focused in the areas of international development and Latin America. Her experience in the field of human rights advocacy includes a previous internship in Guayaquil, Ecuador as well as her involvement with Kentucky Refugee Ministries and the International Rescue Committee. This summer, Rachel will join The Advocacy Project as a Fellowship Assistant where she hopes to further her passion for the advancement of women's and migrants' rights in addition to learning about non-profit management.

Emily Schroen
Fundraising Assistant
Emily Schroen
Fundraising Assistant

Emily Schroen is a rising senior at Wheaton College with a passion for international reconciliation and global development. She has recently completed an immersive semester abroad program in Sevilla, Spain and is approaching fluency in Spanish. Furthermore, Emily is well versed in international affairs, most notably in the Mediterranean region, East Asia and the Middle East. In December 2018 she visited Israel through the Passages Israel program and studied contemporary political and religious conflict on the nation’s borders. Emily also has ample professional and leadership experience. She is the president of a mental health community and advocacy group on campus, and helped pioneer and run the campus’ annual “Mental Health Matters” event. Furthermore, she has volunteered with two separate refugee resettlement agencies in Illinois and California and has a particular interest in the effects of trauma and international conflict on the human psyche. She aspires to get an advanced degree in psychology and pursue policy making in this groundbreaking field.