PLEN Impact

Many past participants see the effects of their PLEN experience well into their careers. See what some PLEN alumnae have to say about PLEN’s impact on their professions:


“PLEN opened the door and I give it all the credit for getting me here.”

Alex Ceja
Alejandra (Alex) Ceja

Women & Public Policy 1995
Executive Director
White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
BA, Political Science, Mount St. Mary’s College
MPA, Public Administration, Baruch College,
City University of New York


“PLEN is the best thing I ever did.”

Jona Van Deun
Women & Public Policy 1991
Director of Coalitions
Koch Industries
BA, Government and Communications
College of St. Benedict


“In Washington, it means something to say you were a PLEN student.”

Kristin HaffertKristin Haffert
Women & Public Policy 1996
President and Founder
Haffert Global
BA, Political Science, minor in Women’s Studies
Douglass Residential College, Rutgers University


“I wouldn’t have my job or career path without PLEN. Everywhere I turn, it has influenced my career.”

Naomi Senkeeto
Women, Law & Public Policy 2001
Senior Policy Manager
BlueCross BlueShield Assocation
MA, Public Policy, George Washington University
BA, Political Science
Douglass Residential College, Rutgers University