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) multiple years and will be presenting more research for The Council on Public Policy in Higher Education (CPPHE) this fall. 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.

Cierra DeVos
Programs and Communications Manager

Cierra DeVos is the Programs and Communications Manager for PLEN, where she is responsible for marketing, communications, and social media outreach. She also assists with planning the logistics of each seminar. Cierra is from Massachusetts and studied Political Communication at Emerson College in Boston. She has focused much of her career and studies on women's rights and empowerment, specifically in a political or public policy context. She has experience working for campaigns, nonprofits, and women's organizations. In her free time, Cierra enjoys hiking, cooking, and watching women's soccer.