Rebekah Williams Lovorn

Rebekah Williams Lovorn


Executive Director

Prior to joining NGS in 2010, Rebekah served in the Department of Homeland Security. In 2006, she accepted an assignment with the Department of State Global Outreach team in Iraq. While there she coordinated multinational press corps events throughout Iraq, and worked directly with Ambassadors, military commanders, Iraqi Ministers, and local Iraqi leaders on communication outreach strategies. Rebekah began her career at The White House Office of Communications.  

A native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Rebekah received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Marketing from Mississippi State University. She lives with her husband and children in Northern Virginia. 

Kanon Carlson

Kanon Carlson


Director of Foundation Operations

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2011, Kanon was an International Operations Manager for Security Enhancement Program at L-3 Communications. Her previous experience was at the Department of Homeland Security as the Senior Advisor to the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Congressional Affairs. In support of the White House, Kanon traveled to military bases both domestic and international, including travel throughout the Middle East. She has worked extensively with the Department of Defense, Department of State; including Ambassadors, government leaders, and foreign leaders; and has experience coordinating both international press and the White House Press Corps.  

Kanon is from Houston, Texas, and received a bachelor’s degree in biology and minor in chemistry from Baylor University. Her husband, Mark, is a former officer in the United States Marine Corps. Kanon and Mark live with their children in Texas.

Kelley Sanabria

Kelley Sanabria


Program Director

Prior to joining NGS in 2019, Kelley served as a marketing consultant at the DC-based customs and trade consulting firm CT Strategies. Prior to that she worked as an international trade specialist at U.S. Customs and Border Protection. She also owned her own company, Femworking, and has also worked as a high school Spanish teacher. She started her career at a grassroots lobbying firm in Virginia.

Kelley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Geography from Florida State University and a Master of Arts in International Affairs with a focus in Economics also from Florida State University. She completed her freshman year of college in the Republic of Panama and is fluent in Spanish.

 

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