Dr. Nancy Stalowski
Executive Director

Dr. Nancy Stalowski is the Executive Director of the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN). Nancy brings more than a decade of experience working in higher education and leadership development. For most of her career, she has worked with underrepresented students including women, first-generation, minority, and DACA students. Prior to this position, Nancy managed the Southern Management Leadership Program at the University of Maryland for almost seven years. Nancy received her doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration at The George Washington University. She has presented her research on educational policy concerning, higher education finance, philanthropy, and equity at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), The Council on Public Policy in Higher Education (CPPHE), and will be presenting at American Educational Research Association (AERA) next spring. She also received an M.A. in History and B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.

Nancy is a highly motivated individual with a real passion for helping students who face additional barriers to success. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, and fishing. Nancy lives in Maryland with her husband and dog.

Marwa Odeh
Senior Program Manager

Marwa Odeh is the Senior Program 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.

Alice Schyllander
Assistant Communications and Program Manager

Alice Schyllander is the Assistant Communications and Program Manager of the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), where she is responsible for marketing, communications, social media outreach, and seminar planning and logistics. She is experienced in nonprofit management, program management, communications, research and policy analysis. Alice has worked and interned in various capacities for a wide range of social justice organizations, including Micro Rainbow International Foundation, Vital Voices Global Partnership, the Tahirih Justice Center, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, and the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, among others. Alice holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs with concentrations in Global Gender Policy and International Law & Organizations from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. During Alice’s time in graduate school, they served as a Founding Executive Board Member of both the DC Student Consortium on Women, Peace and Security and OUT in International Affairs. They also received a B.S. in International Affairs from Eastern Michigan University.

Alice is excited to help mentor, inspire and train the next generation of public policy leaders through PLEN. In her free time, Alice enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and candle making.