Our Staff

Liz Liz Schrayer, President & CEO
Liz Schrayer serves as President & CEO of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC), a broad based coalition of over 400 businesses and NGOs that supports a smart power foreign policy. Under her leadership, the USGLC has grown to a nationwide network of advocates in all 50 states and boasts a bipartisan Advisory Council, chaired by General Colin Powell which includes every living former Secretary of State, and a National Security Advisory Council consisting of over 150 retired three and four-star generals and admirals. In addition to running the USGLC, Ms. Schrayer serves as President of Schrayer & Associates, Inc., a nationwide political consulting firm founded in 1994, which works on a wide range of domestic and international issues. Ms. Schrayer currently serves on USAID’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACFVA), as well as several advisory boards and committees for the University of Michigan including the Ford School of Public Policy, George Washington University, and Lockheed Martin. Prior to starting her own firm, Ms. Schrayer served as the national Political Director of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) for more than a decade. She worked on Capitol Hill, founding the Congressional Human Rights Caucus and in state government. She has traveled across the country organizing citizen advocates in every state. Ms. Schrayer has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and resides in Maryland with her husband Jeff Schwaber, a Maryland attorney who helped in the launch of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.
Will Davis, Executive Director Will Davis, Executive Director
Will Davis serves as the Executive Director of the USGLC and oversees the day-to-day operations of the growing coalition and staff. He joins the USGLC after holding key leadership positions with the U.S. government and in international organizations, including the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). During his tenure with the UN, Mr. Davis served as the Director of the UN Development Program’s Washington Office, and prior to that as the Director of the UN Information Center in Washington. In these roles, he was the UN’s key liaison with the Administration and Congress as well as think tanks, NGOs, media, and the academic, diplomatic, and business communities. Mr. Davis also has extensive experience in the executive branch, serving both with the State Department and the National Security Council. With the OECD, Mr. Davis led the organization’s public affairs efforts in Washington and then served as Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the OECD’s headquarters in Paris. Mr. Davis began his career working in the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Administration, along with assignments at the Treasury Department and the Department of Defense. He graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and also earned his Master’s in Public Policy Studies from Duke. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and lives in Bethesda with his wife and two children.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS TEAM

Meghan Simonds, Deputy Government Relations Director
Meghan has served as USGLC’s Deputy Government Relations Director since June of 2010. She previously spent four years working for Senator Susan Collins (R-ME). Meghan served as Senator Collins’ Legislative Assistant for foreign affairs, transportation, and housing issues. Prior to her Legislative Assistant position, Meghan served as Senator Collins’ Legislative Correspondent for foreign affairs, defense, and veterans affairs. She graduated summa cum laude and with high honors with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Maine in Orono.
Emily Morgenstern, Government Relations Associate
Emily has served as Government Relations Associate since joining USGLC in January 2014. She previously spent two years working for Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) as Staff Assistant; Deputy Communications Director; and Staff, Special Projects, and Correspondence Assistant. Emily received her B.A. in European Studies, with a minor in Music, from Vanderbilt University, where she was an editor of the Vanderbilt Political Review. She is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honorary Society and Delta Phi Alpha, Nationale Deutsche Ehrenverbindung. Emily is a native of New York.

NATIONAL OUTREACH TEAM

Derek Gianino, National Outreach Director
Derek was most recently Deputy National Coalitions Director at the Romney for President campaign; overseeing national outreach efforts to veterans, sportsmen, and farmers. In this capacity, he directed efforts to recruit and mobilize activists in more than 15 targeted states and liaised with prominent veteran, business, and civic leaders. Previously, he was an Account Executive at Howard Consulting Group and served as Deputy Field Manager at DDC Advocacy, a national full-service public affairs firm. A Michigan native, Gianino graduated from Kalamazoo College, and received his Master of Public Policy from The American University. He has also lived and studied at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Carey Carey Campbell, Deputy National Outreach Director
Carey comes to the USGLC from her previous position as Chief of Staff to the South Carolina House of Representatives Deputy Minority Leader James Smith, where she oversaw all political and legislative priorities. Her previous experience includes serving as South Carolina Deputy Political Director for the Hillary for President campaign during the 2008 primaries and a former lobbyist for a South Carolina education organization. Carey has worked on numerous political campaigns at the local, state, and presidential level overseeing field, fundraising, and policy development. She graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina, where she focused on Political Science. She is a native of Native of Decatur, AL and spent several years in Nashville, TN.
Andrew Andrew Xifos, Veterans Outreach Director
Andrew joins the USGLC from Concerned Veterans For America, where he served in dual roles as Deputy State Director in Virginia and Director of Louisiana Operations for the 2014 election cycle. In this capacity he worked on several national policy issues, including major reform at the Department of Veterans Affairs. During the election cycle, he co-led efforts to recruit and mobilize activists who contacted over one million voters. Previously, he led Virginia field operations for Generation Opportunity, staffed two Virginia State Delegates, and supported the Federal Government Relations team at Amerigroup. Andrew served four years in the U.S. Navy as an aviation specialist and crewmember, and graduated from Old Dominion University, where he focused on Political Science and International Affairs.
Andrew Andrew Kraus, Veterans Outreach Manager
Andrew joins the USGLC from Wounded Warrior Project, where he worked in the Washington DC office. In this role, he provided support to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and helped build a network of veterans throughout the Mid-Atlantic. During this time, he served as the Howard County Chamber of Commerce Director of Legislative Affairs, working with state and local partners to improve the business climate in Maryland. Andrew spent five years on active duty, and continues to serve as a Marine with the 2nd Civil Affairs Group in Washington, DC. He graduated from Catholic University with a B.A. in Politics.
Leia Lineberger Leia Lineberger, Central Regional Outreach Director
Leia Lineberger joins the USGLC after managing a successful public affairs and advocacy business in Texas, where she conducted several initiatives for both statewide and national organizations. Prior to that, she served as a Policy Advisor to Governor Rick Perry, where she was responsible for policy analysis and advocacy, as well as securing funding for a Special Budget Initiative on behalf of the Governor. Leia also has several years advocacy and governmental affairs experience, having worked in a diverse array of organizations ranging from a startup to a Fortune 500 company. Additionally, she holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Pepperdine University with specializations in International Relations and American Politics, and a B.A. in Political Science from Chapman University. Leia is a native of Orange County, CA and currently resides in Dallas, TX.
Ash Harden Ash Harden, Western Regional Outreach Director
Ash Harden joins the USGLC from the Colorado Democratic Party’s Coordinated Campaign, where she was the Regional Field Director for southeast Colorado. Previously, Ash worked as a Program and Marketing Manager for the Business Council for Peace, where she supported and provided training to entrepreneurs in post-conflict countries, such as Rwanda and Afghanistan. Ash also served as a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Before CFR, Ash lived and worked in Udaipur, India training locally elected village representatives on leadership skills. She holds a MSc in Gender, Globalization, and Development from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Emory University in Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies and International Relations, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Karl Beckstein, Northeastern Regional Outreach Manager
Before joining USGLC, Karl was Coalitions Coordinator for Romney for President, where he oversaw the national youth outreach operations, leveraging volunteers to make over four million voter contacts. During the 2012 Republican primaries, Karl served the Romney campaign as State Director in Delaware and Maine. He worked on several other campaigns including that of Sen. Scott Brown, for whom he also served as a district office intern. Karl was also an active member of the College Republican National Committee, serving as Northeast Vice Chairman and also as Chairman of the Massachusetts Alliance of College Republicans. Karl holds a degree from Suffolk University.
Ashley Bradford Ashley Bradford, Midwestern Regional Outreach Manager
Ashley comes to the USGLC with deep experience in international relations and politics. She has lived and worked overseas in Moscow with New Life Russia and in Brussels, Belgium with the EU-Ukraine Business Council promoting global trade. Additionally, she worked in Tennessee at the Marshall Fund and at Hope Presbyterian Church in Cordova. Ashley received her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University and her M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from the School of International Service at American University. Ashley is a member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, the Washington Area Bicyclists Association, and is a native of Plano, Texas.
Jonathan Fredi Jonathan Fredi, Texas Field Manager
Prior to joining the USGLC, Jonathan worked in Texas as a member of Senator John Cornyn’s staff with a focus on Department of State and Department of Homeland Security issues. Prior to his time in a congressional office, Jonathan lived and worked in Barcelona, Spain. After earning his M.A. in International Relations from the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals, he worked with the Global University Network for Innovation to advocate for higher education reform as well as working on reestablishing higher education systems in areas affected by conflict or upheaval. He earned his B.A. from Louisiana State University and is a proud native of Nashville, Tennessee.
Adelana Lopez Adelana Lopez, Field Associate
Adelana comes to the USGLC after receiving her Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Miami, where she focused on U.S.-Latin American relations. While in graduate school, she held an internship in the Congressional Affairs Office at the U.S. Southern Command. Previously, Adelana spent over a year working as a Legislative Correspondent on Capitol Hill. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and History from Florida State University, and studied abroad in Valencia, Spain. Adelana is a native of Orlando, Florida.
Kayla McAfee Kayla McAfee, Field Associate
Kayla comes to USGLC after working with the successful Bera for Congress campaign, where she worked as a Finance Assistant in Sacramento, California. Prior to that, she worked with the California Democratic Party as a Regional Field Director, managing and motivating a staff of Field Organizers, interns and hundreds of active volunteers, for the 2014 campaign cycle. Kayla is a South Florida native but is currently residing in the greater DC area. She graduated from Florida State University with a dual degree in Political Science and International Relations, where she was involved with the National Collegiate Honor Society and Phi Eta Sigma.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS TEAM

Emily Emily Benovitz, Deputy Program Director
Emily Benovitz joined the USGLC in September 2011, where she coordinates event programming across the country. Prior to this, she spent over two years at AIPAC, The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, in the Political Department. While there, she managed lobbying activity for hundreds of AIPAC’s top activists, and helped educate members of Congress and their staff on the importance of a strong U.S. – Israel relationship. Emily received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and is a native of Louisville, Kentucky.
Joy Joy Ross, Deputy Communications Director
Joy comes to USGLC from FleishmanHillard where she served as a Managing Supervisor, leading a wide array of national advocacy and behavior-change campaigns. During her nearly seven years at the international communications agency, Joy provided strategic communications, media relations and brand reputation management counsel to clients looking to engage target audiences and effectively tell their story to key constituents. Joy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in business marketing and communications from Florida State University, and is a native of Bronx, NY.
Jonathan Nicholas Moenck, Communications Associate
Nick comes to the USGLC from the Senate Agriculture Committee, where he served as the Communications Associate. He previously interned in the office of Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters’ campaign. He earned a B.A. in Political Science with a focus on American Public Policy from the University of Michigan. While there he was a two-time Big Ten Conference Champion Lincoln Douglas debater and member of the editorial board of the Michigan Journal of International Affairs. Nick received a M.S. of Communication with a focus on political and crisis communication at Northwestern University, where he graduated at the top of his class.
Emily Emily Jennings, Field Events Manager
Emily Jennings comes to the USGLC after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from American University, where she specialized in U.S. foreign policy and national security. While in college, she held internships with The British Embassy and Vital Voices Global Partnership, an NGO that empowers up-and-coming women leaders around the world. Emily spent a semester studying abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia and loves finding any excuse to practice her Russian language skills. Hailing originally from Burlington, Vermont, Emily has lived in the District since 2007 – and doesn’t see herself ever leaving!
Kellie List, National Events Associate
Kellie List joined the USGLC in February 2013 after serving as the Senior Operations Assistant for Organizing for America – FL, where she was responsible for daily operations in Tampa Headquarters, and for assisting with planning statewide Get Out The Vote Efforts. In addition to working for Organizing for America, Kellie has worked on multiple campaigns, and interned with the Democratic Party of Georgia. Kellie graduated cum laude from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Political Science, and is a proud native of Rockford, Illinois.
Jena Santoro, Field Events Associate
Jena comes to the USGLC from Bendixen & Amandi International, where she assisted in political polling initiatives for candidates running for office in various Latin American countries. She spent one summer working as the Special Political Assistant in the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis, Mauritius where she helped orchestrate a nation-wide Women’s Political Empowerment Conference. She has also completed two fellowship programs at the Project for Nuclear Awareness and Citizens for Global Solutions. Jena received her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Political Science from the University of Miami, where she also competed in Division 1 Track & Field. She is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

POLICY TEAM

John K. Glenn, Policy Director
John K. Glenn is Policy Director of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. He joins the USGLC after serving as Director of Foreign Policy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, where he led Transatlantic Trends, an annual survey of foreign policy attitudes in the United States and Europe, and oversaw GMF’s foreign policy grantmaking and programming. His background also includes academic expertise as executive director of the Council for European Studies and project manager at the Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. He is adjunct faculty at the Elliott School for Public Affairs at George Washington University and has written numerous books, articles, and policy briefs, as well as appears in the media regularly as a commentator on international affairs. Dr. Glenn holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College.
Ashley Chang, Deputy Policy Director
Ashley Chang comes to USGLC from Vital Voices Global Partnership, where she helped to launch the Global Ambassadors Program, an innovative development initiative designed to build capacity through mentorship. Previously, she worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she focused on the role of public-private partnerships in post-conflict and humanitarian disaster environments, publishing several reports and articles on both civilian and defense development programs. Ashley earned an M.S. in Global Politics from the London School of Economics, M.A. in U.S. History, with a concentration in foreign policy, from George Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. In addition, Ashley was a world ranked swimmer and an official alternate for 1996 U.S. Olympic team.
Zach Zach Silberman, Public Policy Manager
Zach Silberman comes to the USGLC after covering Capitol Hill, the 2012 Presidential election, and other foreign policy issues as a staff reporter on joint assignment for the Washington Jewish Week and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Prior to his work for these publications, he served in government as a staff assistant in the Congressional Liaison Office of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Zach also worked as a legislative assistant for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) where he handled general foreign policy legislative issues and matters pertaining to nuclear proliferation. Zach earned an M.A. in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.A. from Miami University with a double major in History and Journalism.
Zach David Stein, Policy Associate
David Stein comes to the USGLC from the Blum-Kovler Foundation, a family philanthropic foundation where he served as a Program Officer. In this position, he identified potential grant recipients and reviewed grant proposals from local and international non-profits with a focus on criminal justice reform, refugee support efforts, and anti-poverty programs in Washington, DC. Prior to this, he was a member of the field team for Representative Mark Pocan’s (D-WI) campaign, where he assisted in voter outreach and volunteer recruitment efforts. David received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin. He also spent a year studying as an exchange student at Sciences Po, a political science university in Paris, France. David is a native Washingtonian.

ADVANCEMENT AND OPERATIONS

Beth Jessica Mueller, Director of Strategic Advancement
Jessica Mueller joins the USGLC from the United Nations Foundation, where she served as Operations Director and Chief of Staff for the Global Partnerships team, responsible for streamlining pan-Foundation partnership and outreach efforts and driving collaboration across functions to achieve acquisition goals. Previously, Jessica served as the Chief Operating Officer for the International Stability Operations Association, where she was charged with strategy development, program implementation, Board relations and daily operations. Jessica received a B.A. in International Studies and Economics from Western New England University and, while earning an M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University, she completed coursework in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford. Jessica currently serves on the Board of Directors for the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, is a member of the Washington Canoe Club, and lives in Arlington, VA with her husband, son and dog.
Beth Melissa Lieberman, Director of Development
Melissa Lieberman joins the USGLC after nearly 10 years of political fundraising experience at the Presidential, Senatorial, and Congressional levels including with the campaigns of Senator Joe Lieberman, Senator Frank Lautenberg, and former Congressman Martin Frost. Melissa previously served as director of development for MedStar Washington Hospital Center where she was responsible for overall fundraising strategy and execution, and before that as director of development for the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC). Melissa graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
dularniyangoda_web Dular Niyangoda, Director of Finance & Administration
Prior to joining USGLC, Dular served as the Senior Director of Finance/CFO at The Optical Society (OSA). During his career, he worked in executive leadership roles across the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, assisting organizations in building sustainable operations. As an entrepreneur, he founded a number of small businesses promoting organic and natural products. Dular lives with his wife and two children in Washington, DC.
Rachel Levin, Development Manager
Rachel Levin joins the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition with several years of development and political advocacy experience. Rachel spent nearly five years working with bipartisan groups – including AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee – starting as a fundraiser in their Denver office and moving to Washington, D.C. to work with their National Board of Directors and political activists. Rachel received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is a native of Colorado.
Julia Marvin Julia Marvin, Special Projects Associate
Julia Marvin joined the USGLC after serving as an intern in the offices of Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Representative William Enyart (D-IL). Prior to her time on the Hill, Julia worked with the Center for Strategic and International Studies and on the Policy team at USGLC. Julia graduated cum laude from Loyola University Chicago with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Psychology. During her time at Loyola, she studied abroad in London and Tunisia and is particularly interested in the Middle East-North Africa region of the world. Julia is a proud Chicagoan and also calls Rockford, Illinois home.
Marcela Aguirre, Office & Database Assistant
Marcela Aguirre comes to the USGLC from the Office of Congressman Beto O’Rourke (TX-16), where she was a legislative intern working primarily on foreign policy and U.S.-Mexico border issues. Prior to interning on the Hill, she worked as a summer research assistant at The Fund for Peace, where she supported assessment on the 2014 Fragile States Index report, and as an intern at the USGLC. Marcela holds a M.A. in International Affairs from Boston University and a B.A., summa cum laude, in Communication Studies with a minor in French from The University of Texas at El Paso. Marcela is a proud native of Texas.

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