Paul Carroll, Director

Paul Carroll is a seasoned professional with broad experience in the nongovernmental and philanthropic sectors.

As the Director of C&SN he is responsible for overall organizational management of the network, its staff, and strategy setting with respect to its issues and policy advocacy.

Paul spent seventeen years at the Ploughshares Fund, a public foundation that works to eliminate the risks from nuclear weapons. He has also served in leadership roles in the philanthropic community, significantly contributing to the growth, collaboration, and efficacy of funders in the peace and security arena through his participation in the Peace and Security Funders Group.

More recently, Paul served as the Director of Nuclear Security Partnerships at N Square, a funders collaborative that seeks to foster innovation and collaboration into the nuclear security sector. Paul provided content expertise to members of this growing network and facilitated introductions and connections across different professional sectors to spark partnerships and creative ideas to reduce nuclear threats.

Outside of work Paul is an avid cyclist, having completed two cross-country bike rides. He also earned a Private Pilot license in his teens, though he is now among the legion of non-current “frustrated pilots.” Paul has a BA in Political Science and History from Rutger University, and a Masters of Public Management in National Security Studies from the University of Maryland.

Learn more about Paul on his LinkedIn.

Ashleigh Subramanian-Montgomery, Associate Director, Policy & Advocacy

Ashleigh Subramanian-Montgomery is a policy, peacebuilding, and advocacy professional. She is an experienced researcher, analyst, and strategist. As the Associate Director, Policy & Advocacy with C&SN, she is responsible for supporting the organization’s policy goals through advocacy, research, collaborative efforts with partner organizations, and outreach.

Ashleigh started her career in social service roles supporting women experiencing homelessness and abused children in the U.S., which developed her drive to close the gaps between policy and those most impacted by policy. 

She has since built extensive experience in international affairs, including: comparative evidence of inclusion best practices in peace processes with Afghanistan women’s civil society; qualitative research and recommendations to support the foundations of the Namibian International Women’s Peace Centre; advocacy and implementation of gender provisions in the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) 2018 with a South Sudanese civil society coalition; research and policy recommendations on UN peacekeeping operations in Palestine, Israel, and Syria; policy and advocacy recommendations to the UN Security Council for Iraq’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security; access to justice and rule of law programming in Nigeria; sustainable development and resource advocacy with the indigenous San community in Botswana; and program design for gender equity projects in Burundi and Timor-Leste. She has also co-developed an organizational Women, Peace, and Security strategy.

Ashleigh approaches her work through a collaborative, inclusive, intersectional, and decolonial lens. 

She holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, specializing in Women, Peace, and Security, and Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a Minor in Theatre, from the University of California, San Diego.


Gabe Murphy, Communications and Outreach Manager

Gabe Murphy is a communications and foreign policy specialist and a longtime peace advocate. As the Communications and Outreach Manager for C&SN, he is responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s internal and external communications strategies.

Prior to joining C&SN, Gabe spent over 5 years working at Peace Action, a national grassroots peace organization, where he developed a wealth of experience in foreign policy, peace and conflict issues, and political advocacy. He’s also worked on a number of electoral campaigns—most recently on the Jaime Harrison for U.S. Senate campaign in the lead up to the 2020 election.

Gabe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz, and a Master’s degree in Global Studies from UC Berkeley with a regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa. As a graduate student, he worked as a teaching assistant for a course on global poverty and a course on political transitions in the MENA region. His work has been published in a range of news outlets, including Responsible Statecraft, Common Dreams, Truthout, and the East Bay Times.