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Seth Green|Founder
Seth Green 200x172Seth Green is the founder of Americans for Informed Democracy. He is currently the executive director of Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.), a non-profit in Illinois that works to ensure every young person has the opportunity to succeed. With a $4.3 million annual budget and 65 highly trained staff, Y.O.U. empowers over 1,350 youth every year through high-quality services including after-school enrichment, summer learning, parental engagement, mentorship, mental health counseling, and crisis intervention. Before joining Y.O.U., Seth led the Job Opportunity Investment Network (JOIN) and was a consultant at McKinsey and Company. Seth has also worked at the American Prospect, the Brookings Institution, and Lazard LLC.

Seth has presented on his work at the U.S. House, U.S. Senate, World Bank, and U.N., and he served as a plenary speaker at the 2011 White House conference on Connecting Communities for the Common Good. He has also been a guest on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, the Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox, and MSNBC, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, and Marie Claire. Seth received the Search for Common Ground Award for International Understanding, and Utne Reader named him one of 50 “Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”

A Marshall Scholar, Seth has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and Oxford, and a law degree from Yale. Seth and his wife Caitlin Fitz, an assistant professor of history at Northwestern, live in Evanston, Illinois, and are proud parents of two adorable girls: Sojourner and Lundy.

Karen Showalter | Executive Chairman
Showalter headshot croppedKaren served as the Executive Director of Americans for Informed Democracy from 2010-2012, and orchestrated the relaunch/rebrand as AMP Global Youth. When not in G+ Hangouts with AMP leaders, she’s a Campaign Director for the Food Justice Team at MomsRising.org. Karen has served as the Advocacy Manager for Oxfam International’s Education for All Campaign in Mali, a network strategist for Netcentric Campaigns, a Communications Coordinator for the Bank Information Center, and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger. She has spoken about networks, new media, and social change at Ford Foundation, Connect US Fund, Miami-Dade College, True Spin, Millennium Campus Network, Physicians for Social Responsibility and numerous other conferences. She has a Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University, and is an avid gardener, food justice activist and mom to two wild and crazy kids.

Eric Gardner | Treasurer
Eric Gardner 200x200Eric Gardner is the Academic and Data Analysis Advisor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University where he was a colleague of Leslie Whittington, who, along with her family, was on American Airlines Flight 77 on 9/11. His brother, Jeffrey Brian Gardner was killed at the World Trade Center. His family established the Jeffrey Brian Gardner Memorial Scholarship Fund at Habitat for Humanity International in Jeffrey’s memory. They also supported the building of a house with the Newark, NJ chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Family and friends continue to volunteer there annually around Jeff’s birthday. Eric was a member of the board of directors of Our Voices Together an organization that merged with AMP Global Youth in 2008. He holds a BA in History from Rutgers College and a MPP from Georgetown University. He lives in suburban Washington, D.C. with his family.

David Devlin-Foltz

David Devlin FoltzDavid Devlin-Foltz directs the Advocacy Planning and Evaluation Program (APEP). Since 1999, David Devlin-Foltz has directed efforts to strengthen advocacy on global issues by commissioning and helping organizations to apply tools for effective message framing, planning and evaluation. Devlin-Foltz brings to APEP some twenty-five years of experience in funding, managing and evaluating public education, international exchange, and constituency building efforts in East Africa, southern Africa and the United States.

Before coming to the Aspen Institute in 1993, he worked for the Institute of International Education, the School for International Training and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Devlin-Foltz was responsible for Carnegie’s South African human rights grantmaking from 1984 to 1988, and devised Carnegie’s strategy for building public understanding in the US of international development issues.

A Peace Corps volunteer at the National University of Rwanda from 1979 to 1981, Devlin-Foltz has also taught and managed programs in France, Spain, and Zimbabwe. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale College and holds graduate degrees from the Sorbonne and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He took his hyphenated name on marrying the former Betsy Devlin; they are the proud but occasionally perplexed parents of two fine young men.

Robert T. Coonrod
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Bob has had a varied public service career. After Foreign Service assignments in Italy and what was then Yugoslavia, he spent several years working on Central European matters for the U.S. Information Agency.  He later focused his attention on American libraries and American Studies abroad and educational and cultural exchanges. His interest in media led him to the Voice of America, where he served as its Deputy Director during the wind down of the Cold War, the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the rise of China as a global economic power.  Shifting to a domestic focus in the mid-1990’s, he joined the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and served as its President and CEO for seven years. He later served as President of the Board of the Public Diplomacy Council for several years, and as COO of Meridian International Center, a DC-based not-for-profit that promotes global leadership through the exchange of ideas, people, and culture. Later he headed InterMedia, a not-for-profit research and consulting group whose work spans a broad topical and geographic spectrum, and focuses on providing strategic program guidance and impact evaluation. Its key practice areas are financial inclusion; global health communications; and global public engagement for conflict resolution. These days he studies French and provides strategic advice to two for-profit entrepreneurial efforts that will improve access to internet services and increase the utility of stored data.

Frank Fredericks
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Frank Fredericks is the founder of World Faith, a global movement of interfaith youth tackling global poverty, and Mean Communications, a digital strategy and communications consultancy.  After graduating from NYU, Frank worked in the music industry, managing artists such as Lady Gaga.

After consulting Park51 (wrongly called the “ground zero mosque”) on PR and social media, Frank co-founded Religious Freedom USA with Rabbi Joshua Stanton, mobilizing 1,000 people in the Liberty Walk in support of Park51, and remains engaged in local activism around issues of religious freedom.

Frank is an active blogger, contributing to blogs on issues ranging from business, technology, religion, and music, and is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post’s Religion section.  As a thought leader on about interfaith action, social entrepreneurship, and digital strategy, Frank has spoken around the world, at the United Nations, and has been interviewed on Good Morning America, NPR, New York Magazine, and many others.  He is an alumnus of the IFYC Fellowship, YouthActionNet Fellowship, The AMENDS Fellowship at Stanford University, Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship, and the Soliya Network Fellowship.  Frank has been recognized as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum.

Cody Hartley
Cody HartleyCody Hartley is an enrollment marketing veteran with deep roots in higher education and an extensive background in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. He is director of admission for UnCollege, a self-directed experiential learning program, and director of marketing for High Sierra Workshops, an education company that combines adventure travel and practical instruction for photographers.

For five years, he directed enrollment and marketing for the Semester at Sea global education program at the University of Virginia. There he managed communication efforts launching a new educational voyage with a curriculum rooted in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

He is a member the board of directors for the alumni association of California Lutheran University where he previously served as director of marketing for graduate programs and associate director for undergraduate admissions, leading creative campaigns and contributing to strategy that saw enrollments double in five years. An educator at heart, Cody has lectured at high schools, community colleges, and universities both in the U.S. and abroad. He was also head coach of a semi-pro baseball team in Viersen, Germany. Cody received a B.A. in psychology from California Lutheran University. He lives in Santa Barbara, CA, with his wife and two children.

Patricia Langan
Patricia LanganPatricia Langan currently serves as Managing Director of Unity Productions Foundation, a non-profit that promotes peace through the media. UPF makes documentaries broadcast on PBS that help Americans better understand Muslims and Islam.