As PLEN’s Executive Director, Sarah Bruno provides program and administrative oversight to the organization. Prior to PLEN, Sarah consulted with nonprofit organizations to help them improve their operations and fundraising strategies. From 2010 through 2015, Sarah served as the Chief Operating Officer at the Truman National Security Project & Center for National Policy, where she was responsible for the overall day-to-day operations and human resource management of the organization. She previously served as the organization’s Director of Development. Prior to joining the Truman Project, Sarah served as the National Development Director at America Votes and a Development Writer at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Before coming to Washington D.C., Sarah worked as Development Coordinator at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A lifelong feminist and long-time advocate for social justice, Sarah holds a Masters degree in macro social work from Boston University and a B.A. in Anthropology with a Women’s Studies concentration from Haverford College. In her free time, Sarah volunteers with various other organizations and political campaigns, and sings with the Congressional Chorus. She grew up in New Hampshire and is a die-hard Red Sox fan. Sarah is the proud “mother” of a 1.5 year old pit bull named Dorrie.
Jennifer Muns is a Program Coordinator for PLEN. She helps plan the logistics of each seminar and is in charge of social media outreach through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Jennifer grew up in southern New Hampshire, but has been in Washington, D.C. for over six years. Before coming to PLEN, she received her B.A. in Print Journalism and her M.A. in Political Communication from American University. In addition, Jennifer worked as an intern on Capitol Hill and for several political and labor union organizations in Washington. She also interned at a media organization in London, United Kingdom while studying abroad in the city in the Spring of 2012. Outside work, Jennifer loves to devour books about public policy, feminism, gender, and issues impacting women, as well as visit various gardens and parks in Washington.
Stephanie Scholz has been a Program Coordinator for PLEN since October 2015. Stephanie is responsible for coordinating the seminars that PLEN hosts throughout the year, as well as student and speaker recruitment. Stephanie is a recent transplant to the D.C. area. Prior to her work at PLEN, she managed an after-school program and taught preschool in her home state of South Carolina for a little over a year. She has worked at several nonprofits both in the US and abroad and is fluent in French. In the spring of 2015, Stephanie graduated with her Masters degree in International Humanitarian Action from the Network on Humanitarian Action program, based at the University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland, and Université Catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. She holds a BA in Global Studies and French & Francophone Studies from Appalachian State University.
Programs and Operations Manager
Caitlin Spinelli-Moore is the Programs and Operations Manager of the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN). Prior to taking on this role, she was the programs intern and consultant for the organization. Caitlin is responsible for daily operations and management of the nonprofit, program development, and student and speaker recruitment. She also has worked behind the scenes, managing operations for federal Congressional races in Washington D.C. and New York. Prior to moving to D.C., Caitlin spent six years working for an international product sourcing firm in Los Angeles as an Account Manager. Caitlin graduated from the University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communication with B.A. in Communication. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Policy at American University.