Legislative Manager for the Prevention of Violent Conflict
Allyson Neville coordinates the Prevention and Protection Working Group (PPWG), a coalition of human rights, religious, humanitarian and peace organizations dedicated to the reduction of violent conflict, prevention of atrocities, and protection of civilians. Since its creation in late 2008, PPWG has successfully advocated on these issues through outreach to Congress and various administrative agencies.
Since joining FCNL in March of 2014, Allyson has supported efforts to introduce the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act; ensure full funding for critical accounts within the U.S. Budget that work to prevent violent conflict; organized numerous briefings and roundtables between government officials and civil society organizations; been published in several news outlets; and traveled to Central African Republic to learn about peacebuilding efforts in the country.
From 2006 to 2012, Allyson held government and media relations roles at United to End Genocide (formerly Genocide Intervention Network) where she led the organization’s efforts to pass comprehensive legislation on Sudan, conducted a successful fact-finding trip to bring attention to attacks against civilians in Burma/Myanmar, and advocated for increased U.S. government capacities to prevent mass atrocities. In addition to Burma and Sudan, she has worked to support an end to violence against civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, South Sudan and Syria. Between 2012 and 2014, she served as an advocacy and communications consultant, working with Fairtrade America and The Aegis Trust.
Allyson graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. with a BA in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government. She received her MA in International Affairs from American University where her studies focused on violent conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes region and issues related to reconciliation after genocide.