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.
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
Samantha Kovacs is the Programs and Development Manager 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.
Brenda Luna Macedo
Brenda Luna Macedo is the Fall ‘17 intern here at PLEN. Her main focus is to provide supplemental support in planning upcoming PLEN seminars for students to come. A native Californian, Brenda grew up in the heart of the Silicon Valley and can frequently be heard humming Frank Sinatra’s classic I Left My Heart in San Francisco. As a first generation college student from Foothill-De Anza College, Brenda along with many of her fellow Puentistas, went on to successfully transfer into the university of her choice. She spent the last two years of her undergrad career hiking to class through the grand redwood forest at the University of California, Santa Cruz. As a Sociology major, she spent a quarter of her final year in University of California’s Washington Center located in our nation’s capital where she fell in love with the city. Two years later, Brenda finds herself missing her father dearly since making the lone move to DC in efforts to pursue a career in advocacy work. On her off time you can find her on her phone with her council of women strategically plotting away next moves.