Staff

Libby Rosenbaum

CEO

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.

lrosenbaum@acypl.org
(202) 448-9331

Shannon Billings

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.

sbillings@acypl.org
(202) 448-9321

Emily Levy

Director of Special Programs

Emily serves as Director of Special Programs for ACYPL and also supports outreach and engagement. She previously produced the bi-annual Professional Fellows Congress for ACYPL in partnership with the US Department of State from 2015-2019, as well as oversaw ACYPL’s second Active Citizens’ Summit in Chicago in 2014 for 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, three young daughters, 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.

elevy@acypl.org

Peter DeAnna

Senior Program Manager

Pete DeAnna joined ACYPL in April 2016 and currently serves as the Senior Program Manager, overseeing the program team as well as managing ACYPL’s programs for young professional fellows from South East Asia and their American mentors.

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.

pdeanna@acypl.org
(202) 448-9328

Christina Gill

Development and Special Projects Manager

Christina joined ACYPL as the Program Coordinator in February 2018, before becoming the Development & Special Projects Manager in 2020. 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 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.

cgill@acypl.org
(202) 207-0008

Rob Smalley

Program Officer

Rob Smalley joined ACYPL in June 2019 as a Program Officer. He interned with ACYPL during the Summer of 2018 before completing his undergraduate work. In this role, Rob develops and implements international, educational exchange programs for next generation American and foreign political and policy leaders.

Rob graduated from the University of Georgia in December 2018 with a bachelor’s in international affairs and political science and a minor in public policy. He studied abroad in Cortona, Italy in 2017.

Outside of work, Rob enjoys spending time with family and friends. He loves following the Georgia Bulldogs, world soccer, playing guitar, and snow skiing each winter.

rsmalley@acypl.org
(202) 448-9327

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.

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