Staff

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 Programs and Development Manager

Marwa Odeh (she/her) is the Senior Programs and Development Manager for the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), where she is directing and executing seven powerful, multi-speaker, web-based seminars annually regarding national public policy to allow college women nationwide to pursue public policy careers, especially in Washington, DC. She is also responsible for implementing fundraising goals, including grant writing, donor tracking, and alumni engagement. Marwa, who is originally from New York, currently lives in DC, has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a minor in Arabic from An-Najah National University. Marwa is a Fellow of the New Bridge Program at Atlantik-Brücke located in Berlin. Acting as a U.S. Diplomat, Marwa has discussed and built transatlantic relations with Members of the German Parliament, Tech companies, and various organizations throughout Germany and Belgium. Marwa has also been recognized by the Middle East Policy Council, as a “40 under 40” awardee, an award aimed at recognizing change makers in U.S./Middle East policy. As a Palestinian-American, woman of color, and a proud daughter of working-class parents, Marwa is passionate about improving our democracy through increasing political representation and engagement for the most marginalized voices. She has experience working for nonprofits, political campaigns, and the federal government. Marwa has traveled to six countries and numerous states, addressing hundreds of bodies of students, politicians, and politically active groups to share her personal story and influence policy at every level.

Alice Schyllander
Communications and Program Manager

Alice Schyllander (they/them) is the Assistant Communications and Program Manager of the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), where they are responsible for marketing, communications, social media outreach, and seminar planning and logistics. They are 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 D.C. Student Consortium on Women, Peace and Security and OUT in International Affairs. Alice was featured on the 2021 National Security and Foreign Policy LGBTQIA+ New Voices List by New America and Out in National Security. 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 their free time, Alice enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and candle making.