Director of Programs and Operations
Dawn Culpepper is the Director of Programs and Operations 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, Dawn is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of leadership in public policy programs and recruitment of college women nationwide.
She was formerly an Americorps*VISTA Fellow at Turning the Page, a Washington, D.C. educational nonprofit aimed at increasing parental involvement in public schools. Dawn’s responsibilities at Turning the Page included designing and implementing leadership curriculum; working with government officials, school administration/staff, and parent leaders; and overseeing grant implementation for a school-wide health and wellness program. She also worked at Appleseed, a nonprofit network of 17 public interest justice centers, where she oversaw more than 300 pro bono legal volunteers from top firms across the national capital region.
Dawn graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia in 2010 with a BA in Government. She focused her studies primarily on gender and the political process. Dawn was involved with both the Women’s Center and the Young Women Leaders Program throughout her college career.
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.