Staff

Mark Overmann

Mark Overmann

Executive Director

Mark Overmann joined the Alliance as Executive Director in 2022, after having served as Assistant Director and Deputy Director from 2009-2015. Mark has nearly 20 years of experience in the NGO, association, federal, and university sectors. He excels at association management, government relations, including extensive work with the U.S. Department of State and Congress, strategic communications, and organizational development.

Mark also served as a Senior Manager at Accenture Federal Services supporting global health and diplomacy programs; Vice President of External Affairs at InterExchange; Director of College Communications at Georgetown University; and Program Associate for Communications at Global Ties U.S.

Mark has a bachelor’s in English from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s in International Communication from American University’s School of International Service. He is co-author with Sherry Mueller of Working World: Careers in International Education, Exchange, and Development (Georgetown University Press, 2008, 2014). He studied abroad during college in Angers, France, and taught English in Yanji, China, along the North Korean border.

Mark is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Laine Cavanaugh

Laine Cavanaugh

Director of External Affairs

Laine Cavanaugh is our Director of External Affairs. She joined in June 2016 after graduating from American University with a M.A. in International Communication and a concentration in Transnational Education. During her time in graduate school, Laine completed internships at IREX and World Learning. She also traveled to Kenya to conduct original fieldwork in non-formal schools surrounding Nairobi. Prior to graduate school, Laine participated in City Year, an AmeriCorps program, where she was a mentor for underserved youth in West Philadelphia. As an undergraduate at Ursinus College, Laine had the opportunity to study abroad in Wollongong, Australia while pursuing her B.A. degree in Media & Communication Studies.

Laine is originally from Reedsville, Pennsylvania, and has achieved research proficiency in Arabic.

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Andrea Bodine

Andrea Bodine

Senior Manager for Policy and Government Relations

Andrea Bodine joined the Alliance for International Exchange in early 2018. Prior to joining the Alliance, she was a transatlantic community analyst intern at The Streit Council for a Union of Democracies, a small international affairs think tank. She holds a Master’s degree in European Studies from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium with a focus on European foreign policy and globalization. Andrea had previously studied abroad at KU Leuven while pursuing her B.A. in Global Studies and Economics at Loyola University Maryland, where she was a Presidential Scholar.

Andrea is originally from Hagerstown, Maryland.

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Gabrielle Cascio

Gabrielle Cascio

Senior Associate, External Affairs

Gabrielle Cascio originally joined the Alliance as a Program Fellow and then Program Assistant in 2019. Prior to her return to the organization, Gabrielle was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Sliven, Bulgaria and an Internship Placement Specialist at 2U. She completed her B.A. in English and International Affairs at The George Washington University, where she participated in and helped facilitate cultural exchange programs.

Gabrielle is originally from Frenchtown, New Jersey.

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Caroline Fox

Caroline Fox

Program Fellow

Caroline Fox joined the Alliance as a Program Fellow this year. She graduated in May from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Political Philosophy, Policy and Law. In 2020, Caroline was an exchange student in History and Media Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin, where she expanded her interests in activism and international studies. She speaks German and is passionate about creative writing.

Caroline is originally from Alexandria, Virginia.

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