Advisors and Partners

PLEN Advisory Council

Lara Brown, Director, Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), George Washington University

Esther Barazzone, President Emerita, Chatham University

Nancy Dietz, Former Senior Consultant, Coxe Curry & Associates

Maryann Hunter, Former Deputy Director, Division of Bank Supervision and Regulation, Federal Reserve Board

Lynn Smith Fox, Former Senior Adviser, Federal Reserve Board

Ruth Mandel, Director, Eagleton Institute of Politics

Veryl Miles, Professor of Law, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America

Georgia NugentPresident Emerita, Kenyon College

Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President, AARP Foundation; Former President of Wells College


Graduate School Partners

The Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University
 As the pioneer school in the study of applied politics, GW’s Graduate School of Political Management is committed to providing a real-world understanding of how politics works. Our Washington, D.C. connections mean our students learn not only in the classroom but in campaign offices, legislative suites, lobbying shops, and news bureaus that shape politics here and abroad. The GSPM offers Master’s Degrees in Political Management, Legislative Affairs and Strategic Public Relations and offers Graduate Certificate Programs in Campaign Strategy, Community Advocacy, Online Politics, PAC Management and Public Relations.

Partner Organizations



Teach For America corps members commit to teach for two years in 46 regions across the country.  They work relentlessly to lead their students to the academic success that can put them on a dramatically different life path.


She Should Run is a non-partisan 501(c)3 organization expanding the talent pool of future elected female leaders. She Should Run started as a project in 2008 and has evolved to become a movement working to create a culture that inspires women and girls to aspire towards public leadership. We believe that women of all backgrounds should have an equal shot at elected leadership and that our country will benefit from having a government with varied perspectives and experiences.

At the PLEN Women in Public Policy and Women and Congress seminars, She Should Run presents a modified-incubator program to prepare PLEN students to run for office.

The mission of the Washington Internship Institute is to foster students' intellectual, personal, and professional development through individually tailored, quality internships and challenging academic coursework that take full advantage of the opportunities available in the nation's capital and reflect the best practices of experiential learning and liberal education.

The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) and the Washington Internship Institute have established a partnership to enhance their current programs and reach more students, institutions, and organizations. The partnership provides the organizations access to the other's partner institutions and guarantees discounts to students from those institutions for the organizations' programs.

Women in Government Relations, Inc.
 is one of the most respected non-profit, non-partisan government relations associations in the Washington metropolitan area. WGR’s over 750 members include women and men at all professional levels representing corporations, trade associations and professional societies, law firms, lobbying firms, non-profit groups and federal, state and local governments.


Contact us today if you're interested in partnering with PLEN.