Named one of Nonprofit HR’s “7 Inspiring Nonprofit Women to Watch in 2018,” Sarah Bruno is the Executive Director of the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN.) As PLEN’s Executive Director, Sarah 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 lives in Washington, D.C., with her dog Dorrie.
Programs and Communications Manager
Mackenzie Kuhl 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. Mackenzie is originally from Dubuque, Iowa, a daughter of two teachers, and recently graduated from College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University with a B.A. in Political Science and minors in Economics and Spanish. While at Saint Ben's, she attended PLEN's 2016 Women in Global Policy Seminar and worked in the Experiential and Professional Development (XPD) Office to coordinate the institution's Bonner Leader Program. Before joining PLEN, Mackenzie was a co-director for a traveling student documentary film team called Extending the Link. She has worked in New Jersey, Minnesota, and D.C. in positions related to leadership, access to higher education, wellness, and communication. Mackenzie hopes to expand access to PLEN's resources through new mediums of communication. When not working, Mackenzie enjoys running, thrift shopping, painting, and scouting out new music.
Programs and Development Manager
Marwa Odeh is the Programs and Development 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.
Ariana Rodriguez is the Summer Communication Intern for PLEN, where her main focus is to assist the Programs and Communications Manager. Ariana is from South Texas, and recently graduated from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi with a Master’s in Public Administration. Ariana’s academic achievements earned her induction into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Alpha Alpha, the Global Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. Before joining PLEN, Ariana worked as a Graduate Assistant for a University grant, where she developed content for diversity and inclusion education programs. During her university experience, Ariana founded the Islander Feminists, served as the chapter leader for Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity (URGE), and the PR chair for PERIOD Corpus Christi. In her free time, Ariana enjoys reading, yoga, and playing Animal Crossing.