Our Staff

Liz Liz Schrayer, Executive Director
Liz Schrayer serves as the founding Executive Director of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, responsible for the overall direction and strategy for the influential and well-respected broad-based coalition. Ms. Schrayer also serves as President of Schrayer & Associates, Inc., a nationwide political consulting firm specializing in grassroots organizing. Prior to beginning 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 and on various issues. Ms. Schrayer currently serves as a member of ACVFA (Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid). She has a Bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan in Political Science and American Studies and serves on the Michigan in Washington Advisory Board.
Beth Beth Neary, Chief of Staff
Beth Neary serves as the Chief of Staff for the USGLC and is responsible for overseeing USGLC programming, events and institutional advancement. Prior to joining the USGLC, she served as External Relations Manager and Senior Grant Writer at Citizens for Global Solutions. Ms. Neary received her Master’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Nicholas Rogacki, Special Assistant to the Executive Director
Nick Rogacki currently serves as the Special Assistant to the Executive Director, having first joined the USGLC as its Impact 2012 Policy Fellow. Nick earned his M.A. in International Affairs from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University where he focused on transnational crime and security, and helped design curriculum for National Defense University graduate courses on civil-military relations and contemporary Islam. Prior to coming to D.C., Nick lived and studied in Morocco, Israel, the West Bank and Nepal. He previously worked as a traveling archaeologist and illustrator for the New York State Museum. Nick also holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Political Science from the University of Albany, and is a proud native of Buffalo, New York.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS TEAM

Tod Tod Preston, Government Relations Director
Tod Preston has served as the USGLC’s Director of Government Relations since Sept. 2009.  He has twenty years of government relations and public policy experience in Washington, spanning Capitol Hill, the Administration, and the international development community.  Prior to joining the USGLC, he served as Vice President for U.S. Government Relations at Population Action International (PAI) and as a congressional liaison and speechwriter at the U.S. Department of Commerce.  He worked on Capitol Hill for seven years as a legislative aide and legislative director in the House of Representatives, including four years for Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY). Mr. Preston graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in government from Connecticut College.
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.

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.
Megan Megan Nathan, Western Regional Outreach Director
Megan Nathan joins the USGLC after completing her Master’s degree in government with a specialization in counter-terrorism and homeland security from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel. While there, she served as a researcher for the International Institute of Counter-Terrorism studying homegrown radicalization in the United States. Previously, Megan worked at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington, DC as a Senior National Field Organizer. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Brendan Brendan Flynn, Veterans Outreach Director
Brendan Flynn comes to the USGLC from the Truman National Security Project, where he served as advocacy program manager, and previously, as a regional field director of the “Operation Free” campaign, which mobilized Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in support of protecting national security by ending foreign oil dependence. Prior to his time at the Truman Project, he served in various capacities for Congressman Patrick Murphy, the first Iraq war veteran in Congress, including as Military and Veterans Affairs Director in his Bristol, PA district office. Brendan is a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy and a native of Meadville, PA.
Karl Beckstein, Northeastern Regional Outreach Associate
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 Associate
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 MA 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.

COMMUNICATIONS TEAM


Andy Richard Parker, Communications Director
Richard Parker joins the USGLC after serving as Director of Communications for the Peace Corps. At the Peace Corps, Mr. Parker oversaw the creative, Internet, marketing, press, and video production offices within agency. Previously, Mr. Parker served at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he was Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary focusing on international health issues and positive youth development. He also served as Deputy White House Liaison for the department. Prior to his time at HHS, Mr. Parker was the Director of Public Affairs for the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Before his service in government, Mr. Parker worked in communications and marketing for the American Red Cross and Levi Strauss & Company. Mr. Parker holds a Master’s degree in public policy from Regent University and a Bachelor’s degree in business management from North Carolina State University.
Jonathan Jonathan Ewing, Digital Communications Manager
Jonathan Ewing joins the USGLC from Action on Smoking and Health where he built grassroots support for national tobacco control policies as communications coordinator.  At The George Washington University, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political communication while researching the shift in national attitudes toward capitalism and socialism after the 2008 recession.  Jonathan is a member of the United Nations Association and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, and is originally from Los Angeles, California.
Taylor Johnson, Communications Assistant
Taylor Johnson joins the USGLC after graduating summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis where she received her bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a minor in Political Science. She is also currently working towards her master’s degree in International Affairs with a focus on U.S. foreign policy at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. During her studies, she was the Marketing and Communications Intern for the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth and spent a semester abroad in London, United Kingdom studying UK immigration policy.  Taylor is a native of Dallas, Texas.

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-web2 Zach Silberman, 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 his B.A. from Miami University with a double major in History and Journalism.  He is currently working towards a master’s degree in Global Security Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Advanced Governmental Studies.

PROGRAM & MEMBERSHIP TEAM

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.
richardcrespin_web Richard Crespin, Director of Business Outreach
Prior to joining the USGLC, Richard served as the Executive Director of the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association and as President of SharedXpertise Media, the publishers of Corporate Responsibility Magazine. During his career, Richard has worked across the private, public, and civil sectors. He founded The Delve Group, Inc, a premier market research firm, and worked at American Management Systems and KPMG. He is also a serial entrepreneur, having started several small businesses and non-profits. Richard is an alumnus of both The George Washington University and Harvard Business School. He also currently serves as a Senior Fellow for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
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. She has also worked on a number of campaigns and in political fundraising.  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.
Emily Emily Benovitz, Program Manager
Emily Benovitz comes to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition from AIPAC, The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, where she served as the Political Assistant. In this role, 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.
Emily Emily Jennings, Program Assistant
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, Office and Database Manager
Kellie List joins the USGLC staff after serving as Senior Operations Assistant for Organizing for America – FL. While in Florida she helped run daily operations in Tampa Headquarters, planned logistics for statewide Get Out The Vote efforts, and aided in coordinating the shutdown of all statewide offices. Prior to working with OFA, Kellie served as an Assistant Field Director on an Attorney General campaign in Georgia, as well as having served as intern to the Executive Director of the Georgia Democratic Party. Kellie graduated cum laude from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Political Science, and is originally from Rockford, Illinois.

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