June 7 2023

Carly Coaty Appointed as TSF’s First Director of Programs

Carly Coaty, an experienced program manager and event planner and former Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Program Manager, joined TSF’s staff on May 15, 2023, as The Security Foundation’s (TSF) first-ever Director of Programs.

Carly oversees TSF’s new focus on creating its own programs for the security industry and managing TSF’s work in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. Post merger with the Domestic Security Partnership, TSF is adding programs to its portfolio of support for the security profession, while continuing to fund the Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC) and OSAC and smaller, security-related nonprofits through the ISF Grants Program.

Carly with the team (l. to r.): Siobhan Clune, Director of Development; Evelyn Nastos, Accounting Manager; Peggy O’Neill, Executive Director; Carly; Sarah Achenbach, Director of Communications. Not pictured: Julie Bennett, Special Events Manager.

Carly’s expertise is an excellent fit with TSF and its vision to create a safer, more secure world by helping to protect U.S. citizens and interests at home and abroad through education, information sharing and funding security-related organizations. She has experience in various sectors including government, defense, security, diplomacy, human rights, teaching and nonprofits.

“Carly is an excellent addition to TSF’s team and brings a wealth of experience, talent and deep connections to our community,” notes Peggy F. O’Neill, ISF Executive Director. “She joins us at an auspicious time as TSF moves from a funding organization to one that funds outside programs and creates and hosts its own programs for the industry. Carly’s creativity and vision, coupled with her exceptional program management skills, bode very well for what TSF will accomplish to help further our important work.”

Welcome, Carly!


  • Former OSAC Program Manager, U.S, Department of State; managed Faith-Based Sector Committee, Pan-Asia Regional Committee and approximately 30 country chapters in East Asia and the Pacific; Led planning for OSAC’s Travel Safety & Security topical forum alongside strategic partners for more than 250 attendees from the security industry
  • International Program Junior Analyst, Program Executive Office (PEO) Unmanned and Small Combatants (USC)
  • Max Kampelman Communications Fellow, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission)
  • English Teaching Assistant, Ministère de l’Éducation nationale, Lycée Pierre Lescot Paris, France
  • Program Assistant, Summer Sisters Exchange Program, American University
  • The Collaboratory Intern, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
  • Program management experience through internships with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, The Atlantic Council and the U.S. House of Representatives
  • B.A. in strategic communications with focuses in international studies and French language from American University

Contact Carly at [email protected].