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 is a recovering Anglophile who enjoys cooking, bad TV, Michigan football, and traveling.
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.
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 Active Citizens’ Summit 2.0 in Chicago in 2014 hosting social entrepreneurs from twenty-two Middle East and North African countries.
Since 2005, Emily has 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.
Outreach & Engagement Manager
Jacqueline joined ACYPL in June 2016 as their outreach and engagement manager. In this role, Jacqueline manages ACYPL’s delegation nomination and selection process, maintains ongoing alumni relations, and works closely with our partners and board members.
Jacqueline graduated from Syracuse University with a double major in political science and international relations, concentrating on international security and diplomacy and Middle Eastern studies. Since then, she spent four years serving the Obama Administration first as an intern in the Office of the First Lady, then as an employee in the offices of Presidential Correspondence and Legislative Affairs. Jacqueline also worked at ONE, an international campaigning and advocacy organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.
Jacqueline tends to spend her free time comparing ticket prices and plotting her next trip abroad.
Development & Special Projects Manager
Cameron joined ACYPL as the development + special projects manager in September 2015. In this role, Cameron is responsible for managing fundraising initiatives, donor stewardship, and coordinating ACYPL events.
Cameron has worked in various capacities in the nonprofit sector and prior to joining the ACYPL team worked with the international development NGO International Executive Service Corp and as a Program Assistant at JASS, a women’s rights organization.
Cameron graduated from George Mason University in 2013 with a bachelor’s in global affairs and conflict analysis and resolution. In her spare time, she enjoys checking out live music, comedy, and theatre in the DC area.
Alex Rich joined ACYPL in March 2016 as the communications manager. In this capacity he manages ACYPL’s social media presence and promotes ACYPL’s work to alumni and prospective delegates. He is also heading the AlumniStories Project, celebrating the organization’s 50th Anniversary.
Prior to joining ACYPL, he served as the Communications Assistant for Congressman Bill Foster from Illinois. He has also worked for the National Foundation for Women Legislators as the group’s Director of Operations.
He earned his BA in Journalism from Loyola University Chicago. He enjoys watching the Chicago Cubs and debating whether or not the Designated Hitter is a good thing for baseball (it’s not).
Elliot joined ACYPL as a program officer in March 2013, 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. During his time at GW, Elliot studied abroad at Royal Holloway University of London. He received his master’s degree in Public Policy from American University, where he served as president of the graduate student body. Elliot serves on the Historic Alexandria Resources Commission and is an avid fan of both the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.
Professional Fellows Program Manager
Kaylee Boalt joined ACYPL in July 2016 as a Program Officer and became the Professional Fellows Program Manager in August 2017. In her role, Kaylee designs and implements international exchange programs for American political leaders and counterparts around the world. She is also responsible for managing ACYPL’s YSEALI Professional Fellows Program, in which young leaders from Southeast Asia complete a month-long individual fellowship in an American office.
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 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 visit to Saudi Arabia in 2012. In her spare time, Kaylee enjoys baking cookies, pies, and the occasional cheesecake.
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.
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.