Lisa Rice

Interim Managing Director

Lisa Rice

Lisa Rice brings a long career as a political and external affairs strategist working in Washington, DC to PLEN. Over her decade of experience in public affairs, Lisa has established strong, effective relationships with members of Congress and staff in managing fundraisers and other political events. She provided strategic guidance for aligning political action committee (PAC) support and effective lobbying within Congress.

An active member of the Women’s High Tech Coalition, Women in Government Relations and the MIT Legislative Advocacy Network, Lisa has been a featured speaker and facilitator at multiple Public Affairs Council PAC conferences; the 2013 Public Affairs Support Services’ User Conference; the 2014 Women in Government Relations’ PAC, Politics and Grassroots Conference; and the upcoming Professional Women in Advocacy Conference.

She has extensive experience managing Federal PACs and directing political compliance matters. In both the trade association and corporate sectors, she has served as the point person for PAC disbursements and coordinated fundraisers for House and Senate incumbents. Previously, as the manager of political and external affairs for Citigroup, Lisa also directed presidential fundraisers at the company’s New York headquarters.

A native Washingtonian, Lisa earned her Master of Science degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Newcomb College of Tulane University.


Jillian Lopez

Program Coordinator

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Jillian Lopez is the Program Coordinator of the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), the only national organization with the sole focus of preparing college women for careers in public policy.  Based in Washington, D.C., Jillian is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of PLEN program initiatives and recruitment of college women nationwide.

Jillian previously interned with Women’s Information Network (WIN), DC’s premier professional, political, and social network dedicated to empowering young, pro-choice, Democratic women. As their intern, Jillian’s responsibilities included managing the daily operations of the organization, serving as the initial point of contact with membership, functioning as the only staff in the office during business hours and supporting WIN’s 12 member Executive Committee.

Jillian graduated from Truman State University in 2010 with a BA in Spanish and Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Global Development.  After graduating, she was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship and worked as an ESL assistant at a university in Venezuela for ten months.