Libby Rosenbaum serves as the chief executive officer overseeing the ACYPL’s fundraising, communications, grants management, new business development, and strategic planning. Libby previously served as the vice president of programs and communications.
Prior to this, Libby served as the education partnerships manager at the British Council where she promoted and established US-UK university research collaborations and planned international summits devoted to higher education best practice. She also served as the major gifts officer at the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank, and as a fundraiser on the US Senate campaigns of Ken Salazar and Joe Hoeffel.
Libby graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science and received an MSc in Politics and Government of the European Union from the London School of Economics. Libby lives in Washington, DC with her husband and twin sons.
Chief Financial Officer & Chief of Staff
Shannon Billings is ACYPL’s chief financial officer and chief of staff and handles a wide range of matters of organizational importance, including financial and strategic planning, human resources, and office operations. She has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit and political organization as well as program and financial management. Prior to joining ACYPL, Shannon served as Director of Advocacy Programs at Alliance for Justice, Senior Regulatory Compliance Officer at the Sierra Club, Director of Public Affairs for the Investment Company Institute, Controller for EMILY’s List, and in the controller’s office at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Shannon has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with minors in Russian and French from Bates College.
Shannon comes from a long line of political hacks and journalists and worked her first political campaign at age 6. In her spare time, she does yoga, hikes, and serves on the Board of Community Bridges of Maryland.
Kaylee Boalt joined ACYPL in July 2016, serving the organization as a Program Officer, the Professional Fellows Program Manager, and now Program Director as of January 2019. In her role, Kaylee liaises with ACYPL’s international and domestic partners and oversees the program team in the implementation of global exchange programs.
Prior to joining ACYPL, Kaylee was the Director of Student Programs at the National Council on US-Arab Relations where she administered leadership development programs and facilitated short-term exchanges for American professors and students studying the Arab World.
Kaylee graduated from Converse College in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in politics and music. During her time at Converse, she performed in opera productions in the US and Italy and realized her passion for educational exchanges during a study visit to Saudi Arabia in 2012. Kaylee’s go-to karaoke song is Jolene by Dolly Parton.
Outreach & Engagement Director
Jacqueline joined ACYPL in 2016 and manages the delegate nomination and selection process, maintains ongoing alumni relations, and works closely with our partners and board members. She completed her undergraduate degree at Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, with a double major in Political Science and International Relations, concentrating on international security, diplomacy, and Middle Eastern studies.
Before joining ACYPL, Jacqueline spent four years in the Obama Administration working in the White House office of Legislative Affairs, the office of Presidential Correspondence, and as an intern in the office of the First Lady. Jacqueline also worked at ONE, an international campaigning and advocacy organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty and preventable disease.
Jacqueline tends to spend her free time comparing ticket prices and plotting her next trip abroad.
Director of Special Programs
Emily serves as Director of Special Programs for ACYPL and has been responsible for producing the bi-annual Professional Fellows Congress in partnership with the US Department of State since 2015. Emily previously managed ACYPL’s second Active Citizens’ Summit in Chicago in 2014 hosting social entrepreneurs from 22 Middle East and North African countries.
Prior to this, Emily worked for the Center for American Progress, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, US Congress, Boston University, and community non-profit organizations working to make change in the fields of education and mental health. She specializes in program development and management, fundraising, and event planning.
Emily has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania with a minor in Middle East studies. She lives outside Boston with her husband, two-year-old daughter, and Puerto Rican rescue puppy. In her spare time she likes to hike, cook, and volunteer with Coaching4Change, a non-profit working to provide opportunities and a pathway to success for youth in low income communities.
Development & Special Projects Director
Cameron joined ACYPL as the Development Manager in September 2015, before becoming the Development & Special Projects Director in 2018. In this role, Cameron is responsible for managing fundraising initiatives, donor stewardship, corporate partnerships, and ACYPL events.
Additionally, in partnership with the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Exchange, Cameron works with the Director of Special Programs to produce the bi-annual Professional Fellows Congress—a conference for over 600 emerging leaders from around the world.
Cameron graduated from George Mason University in 2013 with a double major in global affairs and conflict analysis and resolution. Before joining the ACYPL team worked with the International Executive Service Corp (IESC) and as a Program Assistant at JASS, a women’s rights organization. In her spare time, she enjoys checking out live music, comedy, and theatre in the DC area.
Elliot joined the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) in March 2013 as a Program Officer, and became Program Manager in May 2017. In this role, he manages ACYPL’s international exchange programs for young political and policy leaders from the United States and around the world. He is also responsible for the day-to-day oversight of program development and implementation.
A native of Massachusetts, Elliot spent a number of years working on state and local campaigns, and took an active part in the Obama-Biden campaigns in 2008 and 2012, serving as a Field Organizer in Florida during the re-election effort. For five summers, Elliot worked for Summer Discovery at the University of Pennsylvania, an academic program for high school students from around the country and the world.
Elliot graduated from The George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in American studies in 2008. During his time at GW, Elliot studied abroad at Royal Holloway University of London, and was active in the International Affairs Society, Model United Nations, and the Student Association. He received his master’s degree in public policy from American University, where he served as President of the graduate student body. Elliot is an avid fan of both the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.
Professional Fellows Program Manager
Pete DeAnna joined ACYPL in April 2016 as a program officer. In his role, Pete designs and implements international exchange programs for American political leaders and counterparts around the world. He also assists in ACYPLs YSEALI Professional Fellows Program, in which young leaders from Southeast Asia complete a month-long individual fellowship in an American office.
Pete graduated from the University of North Carolina Asheville in 2014 with a bachelor’s in international studies and studied abroad in the Netherlands his junior year.
After graduating, he interned at the Jazz and Heritage Foundation’s archive in New Orleans before returning to Washington to pursue his interests in foreign affairs. In his free time, you might find Pete at a Washington Nationals baseball game or enjoying some live music at the 9:30 Club in downtown Washington.
Gabriel Bastomski joined ACYPL as communications manager in July 2018. In this capacity he works to advance ACYPL’s mission through strategic communications. He also contributes to outreach, engagement, and fundraising.
Previously, Gabriel served as communications director for U.S. Representative Steve Russell (R-OK).
Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, Gabriel graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2015 with a degree in Political Science.
During downtime, Gabriel enjoys watching The West Wing, traveling, and exploring Washington.
Ashley Aniton joined ACYPL in February 2018 as a Program Officer. Prior to joining ACYPL she worked at George Washington University as a Program Assistant, assisting with the security studies master’s program.
Ashley graduated from George Mason University in 2015 with a bachelor’s in government and international politics and in 2017 from The George Washington University with her masters in international affairs. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, watching new shows on Netflix, and trying out new restaurants.
Natalie joined ACYPL in March 2018 as a Program Officer.
Natalie graduated from Fordham University in 2015 with a BA in International Studies. She then completed an M.Phil in Public History and Cultural Heritage at Trinity College, Dublin, and has worked in Irish heritage institutions including Kilmainham Gaol and the American Irish Historical Society. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her cat, following Ravens football, and exploring museums and commemoration events.
Christina began working with us in February 2018 as our Program Coordinator, a new position at our office. She is responsible for supporting all program activities as well as coordinating ACYPL’s various international professional and cultural exchange programs, conferences and events.
In her early professional career, Christina worked as an executive assistant at IBA, a company focused on implementing proton cancer therapy centers at hospitals on the East coast. Christina also worked as a canvasser for Amnesty International and Senator Mark Udall.
Christina recently graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a B.A. in International Affairs and French, with a concentration in Latin American relations. Christina spends evenings working part time at a local non-profit for Hispanic youth in the Tysons Corner, VA area. In her leisure time Christina enjoys live music, cooking and taking her boston terrier to the dog park.
Support Our Work
Your tax-deductible gift will help make ACYPL international exchange opportunities possible for the next generation of political and policy leaders around the world. We invite alumni and friends to support our global work.
ACYPL international exchanges would be impossible without the enthusiastic support and active participation of our alumni around the world. From organizing programs for visiting international delegations in their home states, to nominating professional colleagues for future programs, attending ACYPL events, and lending financial support, alumni help make our programs happen.
ACYPL encourages all American alumni to join the ACYPL Alumni Council. It’s a great way to stay involved with our work, continue to explore international affairs, and ensure our future success.LEARN MORE