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As PLEN’s Executive Director, Sarah Bruno 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 is the proud “mother” of a 1.5 year old pit bull named Dorrie.

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Hayley Humiston is a Program Coordinator 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.


Samantha Kovacs is a Program Coordinator for PLEN. She helps plan the logistics of each seminar and works on fundraising and development. Born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Samantha is a recent graduate of the George Washington University with a B.A. in International Affairs, concentrating in Conflict Resolution, and a minor in Women’s Studies. She spent a semester at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, United Kingdom studying gender, international development, and Arabic. Samantha has held internships in government relations, politics, communications, and online outreach. Outside the office, Samantha is always on the lookout for new recipes to cook and rooftops on which to read fiction.

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Development Intern

Sophie Alphas is a summer Development Intern with PLEN this summer, where her responsibilities include assisting with fundraising and development. Sophie attended the PLEN Women, Law and Legal Advocacy as a sophomore in the fall of 2014. She is from Weston, Massachusetts and recently graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology and a minor in European Studies with an overall focus in Gender Systems. At HWS, Sophie was part of PLEN’s active chapter on campus, which held bi-weekly lunches and brought in guest speakers with the mission to celebrate and share PLEN’s values. Before joining PLEN, Sophie worked for the William Smith Dean’s Office for 4 years, the Boys and Girls Club for 3 years, and previously interned at The Lionhearted Foundation. She is passionate about human rights, women’s issues, urban youth studies and education. During her free time you can find her cooking up a new recipe or taking long walks around the new city she calls home.

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Marketing and Communications Intern

Rebecca Jacobs is a summer marketing and communications intern at PLEN. On a daily basis she designs promotional material for seminars, searches for interesting content to post on social media, edits articles for The Plenary, and so much more. Rebecca is a senior at American University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in Gender, Race, and Politics and a minor in Sociology. Rebecca spent last semester abroad in Brussels, Belgium, where she studied the most pressing policy issues affecting the European Union as well as international security and defense policy. Her greatest passions are education, women’s issues, and combating inequality in the workplace- making PLEN the perfect place for her. Rebecca calls New Rochelle, New York her home and spends her free time reading historical fiction and searching for new ramen restaurants around DC.