Our Team

Student Leadership

Bridget Killian // State Board Chair & UNC Chapter Chair

Nick Sengstaken // State Board Rep & UNC Vice Chair

Christian Lutz // State Board Rep & UNC Campus Sustainability Campaign Coordinator

Deepak Venkatasubramanian //State Board Rep & UNC Democracy Protection Campaign Coordinator

Our Staff

Kristen Carver  //  Organizing Director

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Kristen got her start in political organizing after graduating from UNC Chapel Hill in 2016. She has since worked on campaigns with Environment NC and NCPIRG to stop the rollbacks of some of our bedrock environmental protections, helped restore $11 million back to our NC State Parks budget, and helped secure a significant win for public health by convincing Bojangles to commit to stop serving meats raised on routine antibiotics. Kristen currently works as the Organizing Director for NCPIRG Students where she works to build up student leaders and advocates within the campus community on issues like protecting our environment and public health, and promoting a fair democracy.

Katie Craig  //  Campus Organizer

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Katie works with the NCPIRG Students chapter at UNC Chapel Hill. At Chapel Hill Katie has organized a team of interns on campaigns to make UNC more sustainable, increase student access to voting, and make college more affordable. Katie is a recent graduate from UNC- Chapel Hill herself, where she was a student in the chapter and served as the Chapter Chair and State Board Chair. During her time as a student, Katie lead an initiative to partner with UNC’s Department of Housing and created a program to provide Voter Registration forms and assistance filling them out to over 10,000 students each fall when they move into their dorms.

Erin Dooley  // Field Organizer

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Erin works as a Field Organizer, primarily with students at Durham Technical Community College. During her first semester organizing on that campus she has worked with students on a making textbooks more affordable and making the campus more sustainable. Before working with the Student PIRGs, Erin was working on getting out the vote in Raleigh, North Carolina and in Denver Colorado. Erin is a graduate from UNC Asheville and a North Carolina native.

Leigh-Anne Cole // President, Board of Directors

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Leigh-Anne is President of the Board of Directors for NCPIRG. She coordinated the Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project from 2008 to 2012, which registered more than 300,000 people to vote and made more than 1 million “get-out-the-vote” contacts. As Director of Recruitment for The Public Interest Network, she recruited thousands of candidates to apply to join our network, hundreds of whom have found jobs or careers here, while others have gone on to pursue other public interest positions. Leigh-Anne lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, where she loves to go hiking with her dog, Aspen, and her daughter, Rosie.

Dan Xie  //  Political Director

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Dan directs the national political strategy and grant fundraising for the Student PIRGs. Dan has managed successful campaigns from coast to coast to cap global warming pollution, fight the high cost of higher education, and make voting more accessible for students. She has recruited and trained hundreds of students and staff on public interest campaigns. Dan lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she is an avid cyclist and climber.