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.

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.

Karen Delaney
Karen Delaney

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. She later became the Executive Director of AP, and took charge of the administration, fundraising, human resources and fellowship program. Karen now lives in the UK where she is pursuing her Masters degree. Email: kdelaney@advocacynet.org

2020 AP Team

Oriana Betancourt
Peace Fellows Recruitment & Social Media Assistant
Oriana Betancourt
Peace Fellows Recruitment & Social Media Assistant

My name is Oriana Betancourt and I am a fourth year Legal Studies major at UC Santa Cruz. I am currently participating in the University of California Washington Program (UCDC) and was lucky enough to begin working with AP. AP’s mission to center the experiences of people who live within marginalized communities themselves is what attracted me to their organization because, too often, other non-profits forget to include the voices of those they are advocating for in the discourse surrounding social justice issues. Therefore, I am excited to work with an organization that works to promote the voices of marginalized communities and help strengthen them. My role in AP is the Social Media and Fellowship Program Assistant, but my tasks go beyond those. Due to the small staff here at AP, we all take part in multiple responsibilities which include updating the website, helping with fundraising and taking on tasks wherever it is needed. 

Riley Toennies
Administrative & Fundraising Assistant
Riley Toennies
Administrative & Fundraising Assistant

My name is Riley and I’m a sophomore at the University of Illinois majoring in Political Science and Global Studies with a minor in Spanish. I'm studying in Washington for the semester with the Illinois in Washington program, where I intern Monday through Thursday and take classes on Friday. I was initially drawn to working with the Advocacy Project because of my interest in development projects, especially those that benefit women and girls in the Global South. When I read more about AP's projects and initiatives, I saw how much they truly change the lives of so many individuals and knew I would be at home with this organization. In the AP office, I’m kind of a catch-all as far as office responsibilities - I work with managing receipts and bookkeeping, keeping up with the donor databases and organizing fundraising, generally keeping Iain in line, and really anything else that gets thrown my way. The current AP team is outstanding, and we have so much fun collaborating on projects and working with each other!

Milagros Karamanos
Media Historian
Milagros Karamanos
Media Historian

My name is Milagros Karamanos. I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and have lived and traveled all around North and South America. I am currently a junior at the University of Maryland studying Government and Politics with a concentration in International Relations. I am also double minoring in Spanish and International Development & Conflict Management. It was from my IDCM minor, that I learned about the work the Advocacy Project does. As an intern at the Advocacy Project, I get to play a small role in the important work the AP does. I will be working on different digital platforms such as Flickr and Picmonkey, editing and uploading the content to showcase some of the work we are doing to help those in all parts of the world. I am proud to be working with such driven and dedicated people and excited about what's to come.

Luisa Beltran Rey
Communications & Research Assistant
Luisa Beltran Rey
Communications & Research Assistant

My name is Luisa Beltran Rey and I was born in Bogotá, Colombia and moved to the United States when I was eight years old. I’m a senior at the University of Maryland studying Government and Politics with a concentration in International Relations, along with two minors: French Studies and International Development and Conflict Management (IDCM). It was through the IDCM minor that I learned about the valuable support that the Advocacy Project provides to developing and vulnerable nations and their respective marginalized communities. AP greatly aligns with my interest in international development and has provided me the opportunity to really engage with its microprojects so far. I'll be supporting AP with website management, content development and other related internal and external communication developments, including the Peace Fellows training. I’m extremely eager to devote my skills, and develop some new ones along the way, to helping those who need it the most!

Jonathan Bramell
Creative Development Assistant
Jonathan Bramell
Creative Development Assistant

My name is Jonathan Bramell and I am a student at the University of Maryland pursuing a B.A in History. I am currently minoring in International Development and Conflict Management, and through my coursework, I had learned about the Advocacy Project. As an administrative and creative assistant, I have assumed a wide variety of duties, ranging from finances to working on the graphic design of financial reports and catalogs. The AP’s commitment to marginalized communities is what attracted me to the organization, and it’s an amazing privilege to work alongside such a passionate 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