Kerri Hannan, President
Kerri Hannan joined the Foreign Service in 2001. She is currently in language studies at the Foreign Service Institute in preparation for her onward assignment, and was previously the Director of English Language Programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She previously served in Argentina, Afghanistan, India, and Bolivia, along with tours in the State Department Operations Center, the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs front office, and as a public diplomacy desk officer for the Balkans. She was the Vice President for State for GLIFAA from 2007-2009, a period when historic gains for global LGBTI rights and LGBTI employees were made at the State Department. Kerri is originally from Florida.
Cedric Pulliam, Vice President for State
Cedric Pulliam serves as the Multilateral Program Officer at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy (S/GAC), which leads and coordinates the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). He is the lead portfolio manager of PEPFAR’s relationship with the United Nations agencies and supports the multilateral team by assisting on projects focused on the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Global Fund) and World Health Organization (WHO). He is also the 2016 S/GAC UNGA Coordinator Previously, Cedric served at USAID where he worked as a Program Analyst in the Bureau for Global Health, Office of HIV/AIDS, Division for Strategic Planning, Evaluation and Reporting. He led logistics and management for the world’s first-ever Measurement and Accountability for Results in Health Summit that was co-convened by USAID, the World Health Organization and the World Bank. Prior to that he served as the Program and Research Specialist in the Bureau for Policy Planning and Learning – Office of Donor Engagement where he worked as a member of the Development Finance team and focused on United Nations, MDG to SDG planning, and served as a USAID UNGA Coordinator during UNGA 69 in 2014. Pulliam has worked in various capacities at the Department of the Air Force, Federal Highway Administration, Congressional Research Service, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, United Nations, and UNHCR.
Cedric was born in Burlington, NC and raised in Woodbridge, VA. Pulliam earned his bachelor’s degrees in international studies and political science from Elon University. He received his MSc in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. He recently graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service with a master’s in German and European Studies. Pulliam is currently pursuing an online doctoral degree (PhD) in Psychology with a focus on Gender and Diversity Studies with a dissertation focusing on the Psychological Analysis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the View of a Gay African-American Male. He currently resides in Alexandria, VA.
Daniel Bailey, Vice President for USAID, FCS, FAS, Peace Corps & MCC
Originally from Oregon, Daniel Bailey joined USAID in 2012 as an Agriculture Development Foreign Service Officer. While at his first post in Guatemala, he served as GLIFAA post rep and advocated to allow unmarried LGBTI LES staff and family take advantage of the Visa Referral program. While serving as USAID VP, he is working with the Office of Human Capital and Talent Management to provide training to staff on considerations for LGBTI families, equal access to the bidders matrix, and single stall privacy bathrooms. He and his husband live just outside of DC and are hoping to have children next year!
David Glietz, Secretary and Treasurer
David Glietz currently works at the Department of State in the Executive Office for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. Previously, he was a Pathways Intern in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. Prior to joining the State Department, David was an intern in the Office of Chief Information Officer at the Executive Office of the President. In addition to serving on the GLIFAA Board, David also serves on the Board of Directors for the Highwood Theatre; a non-profit theatre based in Silver Spring, Maryland. At Highwood, he serves as Board Treasurer and occasionally fills in at the box office.
Originally from Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, David moved to the National Capital Region in 2010 to attend George Mason University. He graduated from George Mason in 2014 with a BS in Public Administration. While attending university, David was a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society and served as a Resident Advisor. In 2012, he spent a summer in China studying Mandarin Chinese at Beijing Language and Culture University. David currently resides in the District of Columbia.
Lucia Piazza, Policy Director
Lucia Piazza serves as Deputy Director of the Operation Center’s Office of Crisis Management and Strategy after a year-long assignment at the National War College. She previously served as a Special Assistant to the Undersecretary for Management. Lucia has served overseas in Uganda, Togo, Nigeria, and Tunisia. She completed domestic tours in the Bureau for Near Eastern Affairs and the Bureau for African Affairs. She speaks Arabic, French, Italian, and Spanish. Lucia and her wife have five children.
Margaret McElligott, Communications & Outreach Director
Margaret McElligott is currently desk officer for Uganda after a tour as a Watch Officer in the State Department’s Operations Center. She previously served in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Bamako, Mali. Before joining the State Department, she worked as home page producer and mobile editor at WashingtonPost.com and assistant managing editor at AllAfrica.com. She holds a bachelor’s in International Studies and a master’s in International Development from American University. Margaret is originally from Freeport, IL, and lives with her partner in Washington, DC.
Lisa Fischer, Social Director
Bio to come.
Members of the Governing Committee
Skyler Dobert, Peace Corps Representative
Skyler Dobert has served as Peace Corps Representative for GLIFAA since 2013. Originally from Alaska, Skyler is currently living in Washington DC and working at Peace Corps headquarters as an Assessment Specialist. Skyler serves on the board of Peace Corps’ LGBTQA employee resource group, Spectrum, as the Domestic Liaison and on the Governing Committee of GLIFAA, the State Department’s LGBT+ organization, as the Peace Corps Liaison. He has helped in the development of numerous LGBTQ training documents and resources while at Peace Corps.
Skyler served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo as a Natural Recourses Management and Food Security Extension Agent. While in Togo Skyler developed and coordinated a LGBTQ focused conference bringing people from Togo, Ghana, Mali, Benin and Burkina Faso together to discuss LGBTQ issues and how they affect the Peace Corps.
Jon-Christian (JC) McCahill, Millenium Challenge Corporation Representative
Jon-Christian (JC) McCahill serves as the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) representative for GLIFAA. JC is a Program Officer supporting agency operations in east and southern Africa, working specifically on open data programming in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to this role, he supported implementation of the Zambia Compact, a water supply, sanitation, and drainage program in Lusaka. Throughout his career, JC has worked supporting a variety of projects in Uganda, Thailand, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Lesotho, and Kenya. He is excited to join GLIFAA and advance the discussion on LGBT rights in the interagency, and help in building a more inclusive and diverse work environment.
JC grew up in St. Augustine Florida, and holds his MS in Peace Operations Policy from George Mason University, and his BA in Political Science from the University of Florida.
John Shaw, U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) Representative
John is currently working at the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center (ITEC) of USTR as the Senior SPS Advisor. John is SFS, level of Counselor. He tells people that he comes from the “Agency of Moses” – all the plagues of Egypt. APHIS deals with all manner of animal and plant diseases, their prevention, control and eradication, and their impact on international trade.
John’s most recent overseas tour was as the US Director of the Commission for the Prevention and Eradication of Screwworm, a sterile insect barrier managed at the Panama-Colombia border together with the sterile insect production plant in Pacora, Panama. His other US tour was during the bird flu years of 2005-2008, where he headed the planning section for all USDA overseas projects. His career has spanned a quarter of a century as a Foreign Service Officer in the Caribbean, the Andean countries, Central America, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.
John is married; he lives in (of course) the Shaw neighborhood in DC where he is involved in historic preservation, local government, weaving, and fine and decorative arts.
Jeff Dutton, U.S. Department of Commerce Representative
Jeffrey Dutton currently serves as Policy Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for China in the Global Markets unit of the International Trade Administration (ITA). Prior to joining the China office at ITA, Jeff was Director of the Office of the Pacific Basin at ITA. A Commerce employee since 1998, he has also held export promotion and trade policy positions in ITA’s Office of NAFTA and Inter-American Affairs and Office of Automotive Affairs.
Jeff received his M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1997. A native of Arkansas, he received his B.A. in Spanish and International Studies from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1996. He has studied in Spain and Mexico and attended Waseda University in Tokyo in 1994-1995.
From 2001-2005, Jeff co-led Commerce GLOBE, LGBT employee group at the Department of Commerce, and fought against the Bush Administration’s refusal to recognize June as Pride Month at Commerce. He is President of GATT, a networking group for LGBT professionals in international trade. Jeff has been legally married in DC since 2010 to Mr. Kei Koizumi, Assistant Director for Federal R&D at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.