Named one of Nonprofit HR’s “7 Inspiring Nonprofit Women to Watch in 2018,” Sarah Bruno is the Executive Director of the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN.) As PLEN’s Executive Director, Sarah provides program and administrative oversight to the organization. Prior to PLEN, Sarah consulted with nonprofit organizations to help them improve their operations and fundraising strategies. From 2010 through 2015, Sarah served as the Chief Operating Officer at the Truman National Security Project & Center for National Policy, where she was responsible for the overall day-to-day operations and human resource management of the organization. She previously served as the organization’s Director of Development. Prior to joining the Truman Project, Sarah served as the National Development Director at America Votes and a Development Writer at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Before coming to Washington D.C., Sarah worked as Development Coordinator at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A lifelong feminist and long-time advocate for social justice, Sarah holds a Masters degree in macro social work from Boston University and a B.A. in Anthropology with a Women’s Studies concentration from Haverford College. In her free time, Sarah volunteers with various other organizations and political campaigns, and sings with the Congressional Chorus. She grew up in New Hampshire and is a die-hard Red Sox fan. Sarah lives in Washington, D.C., with her dog Dorrie.
PROGRAMS AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Hayley Humiston is the Programs and Communications Manager for PLEN, where her main focus is to plan the logistics of each seminar. She is also responsible for marketing, communications, and social media outreach. Hayley is originally from Lake George, New York, and recently graduated from St. Lawrence University with a B.A. in Government and African Studies and a minor in French. In January 2014, she attended the PLEN Women in Public Policy Seminar and was a PLEN Student Ambassador at St. Lawrence. Before joining the PLEN team, she worked in a District Attorney’s office, on Capitol Hill, and at NGOs in Washington, D.C. and Dakar, Senegal working on sustainable development and women’s empowerment. Outside work, you can usually find Hayley knitting, drinking coffee, and looking for dogs to play with.
Programs and Development Manager
Sujan Sedhai is the Programs and Development Manager for PLEN. In this position, she is responsible for managing logistics for seminars and implementing fundraising goals, including grant writing, donor tracking, and alumni engagement. Prior to PLEN, Sujan served as the Program Coordinator and Scheduler to the Deputy Director of DC Public Charter School Board, where she was responsible for managing calendars, procurement and SRA policy oversight for 112 campus, and organizing quarterly conferences for external stakeholders, board chairs, and community members. From 2013-2016, Sujan worked with the Girl Scouts Council of Nation’s Capital. During her time there, she served as a Program Specialist overseeing grant-funded programs, and as a Membership Specialist managing, recruiting, and retaining over 1,100 volunteers from Western Prince William County. Born in Nepal, Sujan emigrated to Virginia at the age of 7. She is a proud first-generation college student graduating from Radford University with a B.A in English Literature and a minor in Women’s Studies. A strong advocate for women’s equality and equity, and a self-diagnosed expert on dumplings, Sujan is excited to carry out PLEN’s mission and expand its reach.
Ana Marku is a recent undergraduate student from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor’s Degree In International Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies. Ana moved to the USA when she was fifteen years old. Originally from Albania, she was born and raised in the capital city of Tirana. Prior to interning for PLEN, Ana was interning at the Virginia General Assembly. She was working with Virginia legislators and learning more about how the House and the Senate work together to pass laws that positively affect people’s lives. As a Women’s Studies minor, she learned how to be a better activist and use her voice for those without one, and she was given many hands-on opportunities through workshops and internships such as the Refugee Resettlement Program. This field of study has helped her better understand how gender, race, and socioeconomic status are all intertwined and effect our daily lives. Outside work, Ana enjoys playing volleyball, going to the beach and outdoor activities.
Rita is an upcoming senior at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania pursuing her B.A degree in Political Science while minoring in History and Public Administration. From Barcelona, Spain, Rita moved to the U.S. to further her education after high school and to play field hockey at a collegiate level. She speaks English and is a native Spanish and Catalan speaker. Rita is passionate about different cultures, international affairs and for promoting a healthy environment as part of the Health Ambassadors club at her university.