PLEN Transition Announcement

Dear PLEN Community,

We hope this message finds you well. After five years of extraordinary service, our Executive Director Sarah Bruno will be stepping down from her role to pursue another opportunity. Her last day with PLEN is Friday, March 19, 2021.

Over the past five years, Sarah has led more than 1,400 students through 30 seminars. She spearheaded our 40th Anniversary programming in 2019 and most recently ensured PLEN's continued success in spite of a global pandemic by introducing innovatvie, virtual programming for students around the country. In 2020 alone, PLEN hosted 2 in-person seminars (in January) and 4 virtual seminars, with 305 students participating. Under Sarah's leadership, PLEN has expanded its programming to include a new Women of Color Influencing Washington seminar and launched a number of programs to engage our 4,800+ alumnae. She has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in new funding and leaves the organization on solid financial footing.

The PLEN Board of Directors has launched a search to fill this important role. During this transition, we're pleased to announce that Nancy Bocskor will serve as our interim Executive Director.

Nancy is a PLEN Board member and most recently the Director of the Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, where she launched its programs to promote civic engagement and leadership in public service. An adjunct professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management, an author, fundraiser and world renowned "Democracy Coach," Nancy has dedicated her entire career to helping women get a seat at the table in public policy discussions, political campaigns and parliaments around the world. We are grateful to have her lead us through this pivotal transition.

You can find the Executive Director job description here. Help us spread the word and share with your networks far and wide.

Please join us in thanking Sarah for her service. Because of her leadership, hundreds of young women are poised to become the next generation of public policy leaders.

Thank you for your continued support of PLEN.


The Executive Committee (Rachna Choudhry, Caitlin Donahue and Vanessa Kermick)

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