|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.
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS TEAM
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 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 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 lead 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.
|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.
|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, 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 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.
|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, 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.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS TEAM
|Lynne Weil, Public Affairs Director
Lynne Weil is Public Affairs Director for the USGLC, where she leads the organization’s efforts to educate the public on the importance of America’s engagement in the world. She previously served as Director of Communications and External Affairs for the Broadcasting Board of Governors. She joined the BBG in 2012 after spending two years with the U.S. State Department, first as Press Director and Spokeswoman for the U.S. Agency for International Development, then as a Senior Advisor for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. She also served the U.S. Congress as a legislative fellow, as Press Secretary for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during and after 9/11, and as Communications Director for the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Before entering public service, Weil was a contributing journalist for domestic and international media. She spent nearly nine years as a foreign correspondent before earning a Master’s in Public Policy at Princeton University.
|Emily Benovitz, Deputy Program Director
Emily Benovitz joined the USGLC in September 2011, coordinating 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 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 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.
|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.
|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 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.
|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.
EXTERNAL AFFAIRS AND OPERATIONS
|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.
|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.