Executive Director

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.

Mackenzie Kuhl
Programs and Communications Manager

Mackenzie Kuhl 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. Mackenzie is originally from Dubuque, Iowa, a daughter of two teachers, and recently graduated from College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University with a B.A. in Political Science and minors in Economics and Spanish. While at Saint Ben's, she attended PLEN's 2016 Women in Global Policy Seminar and worked in the Experiential and Professional Development (XPD) Office to coordinate the institution's Bonner Leader Program. Before joining PLEN, Mackenzie was a co-director for a traveling student documentary film team called Extending the Link. She has worked in New Jersey, Minnesota, and D.C. in positions related to leadership, access to higher education, wellness, and communication. Mackenzie hopes to expand access to PLEN's resources through new mediums of communication. When not working, Mackenzie enjoys running, thrift shopping, painting, and scouting out new music. 

Sujan Sedhai
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.

Callie Hilgenberg
Programs Intern

Callie Hilgenberg is a junior in the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice, with a minor in Global Terrorism. Before attending the University of Maryland, she attended the College of Southern Maryland in Huntingtown, Maryland. Callie began her associate degree while in high school and earned nineteen credits as a senior there, and then finished her remaining forty-three credits in one year before transferring to the UMD. During high school, Callie was a dual varsity sport athlete all four years, the captain of both teams her senior year, winning a total of four 3A regional championship, two 3A state finalist, and one 3A state champion titles. While at UMD, she participates in the club softball team and is also the Marketing Officer for the team. If not doing school work, you can find her reading a book, somewhere on a beach, or with her golden retriever Emmie.