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Senior Advisory Council Member

Lovesun is a transformational global leader specializing in gender, social inclusion, and organizational capacity development. Ms. Parent’s experience spans over a decade of designing & implementing programs, providing strategic guidance & technical support across sectors, coordinating & delivering specialized services to women, girls, youth, and persons with disabilities. Additionally, she has extensive international fieldwork experience, working in humanitarian contexts (crisis/post-conflict). Ms. Parent has worked in Afghanistan, Egypt, Haiti, Liberia, and Canada for various donors, including USAID, UN, EU, and GIZ. Ms. Parent holds a distinguished graduate degree in International Affairs from The New School in New York City. She is currently attending the top-ranked University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education, pursuing a Doctorate in Education (EdD) in Organizational Change and Leadership.



Senior Advisory Council Member

Allison Green is originally from Belize in Central America but is currently residing in the US. Her educational and professional experiences in International Affairs have been challenging, varied, and gratifying altogether over the last eight years. She received her MA in International Studies from National Chengchi University in Taiwan, Republic of China, and she is now pursuing a MAS in Humanitarian Health from Johns Hopkins University. Her work includes managing the HIV/TB project at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-Global Fund (GF) Belize and thereafter transitioning to the Consulate General of Belize in New York. While she is presently working in a diplomatic capacity, she is a Project Manager by profession. Allison is passionate about changing the health outcomes for those most vulnerable through her work in HIV/AIDS in developing countries.



Senior Advisory Council Member

Bethany McGann, is a Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace, leading the Africa research portfolio with the RESOLVE Network, the research component of the Countering Violent Extremism team within the Center for Applied Conflict Transformation. She leads the design and implementation of multi-year USAID funded desk and field studies focused on; Sahelian sub-state hybrid armed actors, militias, and local security assemblages; the role of women in armed community mobilization in East and West Africa; and local peacebuilding mechanisms in violent extremism affected contexts. Bethany is a 2020 Shawn Brimley Next Generation National Security Leaders Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Bethany holds an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, and a B.A. in Government and International Affairs from Smith College.

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Senior Advisory Council Member

Dionne Whitby is a change agent and transformative leader with more than ten years of experience growing and improving organizations and supporting national security and international programs as a program manager. Ms. Whitby has supported over 700 senior international military and civilian leaders from 70+ countries throughout her career while managing Department of Defense security assistance and cooperation programs. She is a first-generation college graduate from Philadelphia, PA, and received her B.A. in International Politics from Penn State University and M.A. in Strategic Security Studies from the National Defense University as a South and Central Asia Program scholar. As a Boren Scholar, Ms. Whitby spent a year studying Arabic in Jordan, and she is also a recipient of the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal recipient.