TAP Network Secretariat

John Romano


John is the Coordinator of the TAP Network, based in New York. Prior to joining the TAP Network, John worked at Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), coordinating global advocacy campaigns around the UN’s Post-2015 sustainable development agenda. He has also worked for the UN Secretariat with UNDESA’s Division for Sustainable Development, where he helped facilitate the engagement of civil society in the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, and coordinated the UN’s social media coverage for the conference. John has a M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Geography from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Email: romano@tapnetwork2030.org

Ellery Wong

Ellery Wong

Communications and Outreach Officer

Ellery is the Outreach and Communications Officer of TAP Network and based in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to joining TAP Network, Ellery worked at the United Nations Division for the Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on strengthening stakeholder engagement and partnerships for the 2030 Agenda.  Ellery has an M.A. in Environmental Studies from Tel Aviv University (Israel) and a B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity from the University of Michigan. 

Email: wong@TAPnetwork2030.org

Alonna Despain

Advocacy Fellow

Alonna is the Advocacy Fellow at the TAP Network, based in the New York City area. Prior to joining the TAP Network, Alonna has worked for both the U.S. and Canadian governments as well as several non-profit human rights organizations. Additionally, she worked at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights where she supported human rights related meetings of the General Assembly and worked on a human rights-based analysis of the Sustainable Development Goals. Alonna holds an M.S. in Global Affairs from New York University and a B.A. in International Area Studies from the University of Oklahoma. 

Email: despain@tapnetwork2030.org