Executive Director


Ryan Drysdale


Mr. Drysdale is the Associate Director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for Civic Nation. His work, travel, and volunteering has led him to experiences on six continents. Mr. Drysdale has worked with community development and civic engagement organizations in Southeast Asia and the United States. In 2010, Mr. Drysdale was the first Global Playground Fellow, teaching English in Mae Hong Son, Thailand, and served on the Board of Directors until 2013. He then worked with Operation Groundswell in Thailand and served with AmeriCorps in the Pacific Region. Prior to joining Civic Nation, Mr. Drysdale was a Regional Manager for Inspire U.S., a youth civic engagement program in 11 states.  

Mr. Drysdale received his BA in International Relations at the University of Iowa and completed his Master’s in International Relations at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, including coursework in Chile. He is a 2017 Denver New Leaders Council Fellow and has served on the advisory board for the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition. 


Board Members


S. Douglas Bunch


S. Douglas Bunch

Mr. Bunch is a partner at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC. He holds a law degree from the William & Mary School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Classical Studies from the College of William & Mary, where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Additionally, he holds a Master’s degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. In addition to being Co-Founder and Chairman of Global Playground, Mr. Bunch is Founder and a member of the Board of Directors of Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes the study of Latin and Greek in the elementary and middle school classroom; and a member of the Board of Directors of Virginia21, an organization that advocates on behalf of college and university students in Virginia. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, an organization that promotes the study of foreign languages more broadly. In 2016, the Governor of Virginia appointed Mr. Bunch to the Board of Visitors of the College of William & Mary, the university’s governing board.

Edward F. Branagan III

Vice Chairman

Edward F. Branagan III

Mr. Branagan is currently the Regional Director of Operations for Northern Europe at the Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE). He previously served as Associate Dean, Finance and Student Affairs at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary where he helped establish the new graduate school of Public Policy. He was also previously a Project Manager and an Internal Consulting Analyst at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in New York, New York. He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations, with a concentration in Conflict Management, from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, from the College of William & Mary. Mr. Branagan has studied in San Jose, Costa Rica, taught English to students in Zenica, Bosnia, studied at Johns Hopkins University’s Bologna Center in Bologna, Italy, and completed a one-year David L. Boren Fellowship in Russia.

Jason J. Maga


Jason Maga

Mr. Maga has had numerous opportunities to visit developing countries, where he has seen firsthand the tangible difference that small organizations like Global Playground can make in people’s lives. Prior to his involvement with Global Playground, Mr. Maga served as Treasurer and a founding Board member of One Acre Fund, a nonprofit now serving 400,000 farm families in rural Africa. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the College of William & Mary. Mr. Maga is Director, Host Railroads at Amtrak, where he leads initiatives to improve on-time performance of passenger train services nationwide.

Kendall Lorenzen

Kendall Lorenzen

Ms. Lorenzen is a first grade teacher at Walker Jones Education Campus in Washington, D.C where she previously served as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Ms. Lorenzen is a 2015 graduate of the College of William & Mary with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Public Health. In August 2015, Ms. Lorenzen became Global Playground’s Global Fellow, and in August 2016, the Board of Directors of Global Playground promoted Ms. Lorenzen to the rank of Deputy Executive Director. Over the duration of her time with Global Playground, she has lived and worked in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Honduras, Uganda, and Kenya. Ms. Lorenzen was elected Executive Director of Global Playground in July 2017.

A. Joseph Jay

Joe Jay

As a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Sheppard Mullin, Mr. Jay represents corporations and individuals in a wide range of criminal and regulatory matters before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, federal Inspectors General, and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices.  He conducts internal and independent investigations for a wide range of organizations -- ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to public and private universities.  Mr. Jay is also a seasoned international trade attorney with expertise in advising corporations and financial institutions in economic sanctions and related matters, as well as representing buyers and sellers in covered transactions before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.  Mr. Jay earned his law degree from the William & Mary School of Law, where he was honored with the Phoenix Award for service to the university.  He received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from the College of William & Mary, where he was recognized for his leadership, scholarship, and service by election to Omicron Delta Kappa.

Jayne W. Barnard

Jayne W. Barnard

Professor Barnard is the James Goold Cutler Professor of Law Emerita at the William & Mary School of Law in Williamsburg, Virginia.  She currently serves as the Coordinator of Academic Events for the 100th Anniversary of Women at William & Mary (2018-19).  She also serves on the boards of WHRO Public Media, the FINRA Foundation for Investor Education, and the Williamsburg Farmers Market.


Global Playground Volunteers

Our Unique Model


Global Playground operates with a staff of dedicated volunteers spanning the globe from the U.S. to the Philippines. These volunteers, some students themselves, work with Global Playground to achieve our mission, allowing nearly all donations to go directly to Global Playground programs.


Garrett Keating


Mr. Keating is the Senior Web Developer at the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation. He has been an IT professional for over twelve years working in both real estate and the nonprofit sector. Mr. Keating has several technology awards for his nonprofit work including “Developer of the Year” from Blackbaud, a nonprofit technology company, and runner up in the NPower “Technology Innovation Award.” Prior to his work at the U.S. Naval Academy, he was the IT Director for a medium-sized real estate company.

Adam Lupu

Director of Learning and Development

Mr. Lupu runs an independent consultancy practice dedicated to decoding the language of learning in all contexts. He is a certified facilitator of Equity-Based Critical Friends Groups and has helped train professionals and manage teams for small businesses, non-profits, and schools throughout California. Before consulting, Mr. Lupu taught Math and Science to middle and high school students in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He recently completed a year-long coaching program focusing on leadership, consulting, and development, and he is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University. Mr. Lupu holds Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Diann Gully

Curriculum Development Specialist

Dr. Gully is a retired educator with 35 years of experience teaching students with disabilities and gifted children, pre-K through 12, and five years of experience administering the gifted program in Alexandria, Virginia. She completed her masters in Special Education at Vanderbilt University and her doctorate in Gifted Education at the College of William & Mary.  At William & Mary, Dr. Gully had the opportunity to work with the top curriculum developers in gifted education and assist in the administration of the Center for Gifted Education’s Summer Enrichment Program.  Her work also includes gifted program evaluation, research on gifted children with disabilities, teacher preparation, and the development of a handbook for parents of gifted children.

Billy Binion

Staff Writer

Billy Binion is a freelance journalist as well as editor and content director of AllSides.com where he writes about politics and media. His work has been featured in HuffPost, Washington Examiner, Reason, The Saturday Evening Post, and The Virginian-Pilot, among others. Previously, Billy worked as a communications consultant in support of NATO. In that capacity, he served as a writer and editor for several publications and assisted with media and video design efforts for multiple international exercises. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia with degrees in Global Development Studies and Music.


Our Mission

We believe strongly that education is the most promising means to eliminating poverty, violence, intolerance, and misunderstanding in our world.