Our Team

Student Leadership

Bridget Killian // State Board Chair

Nick Sengstaken // State Board Representative

Deepak Venkatasubramanian // State Board Representative & Democracy Protection Campaign Coordinator

Our Staff

Hannah Picknell  //  Organizing Director

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Hannah is the Organizing Director for NCPIRG Students, based in Chapel Hill. She got her start as a chapter student at the University of Oregon and has worked as Campus Organizer in a number of states including Oregon, California, and Massachusetts. She enjoys camping and hiking in the Pacific Northwest.

Gabriel Fields  //  Campus Organizer

Gabriel is the Campus Organizer for UNC Chapel Hill’s NCPIRG chapter. A recent graduate from the university, double majoring in Classics and Political Science, Gabriel volunteered throughout his four years at the institution with NCPIRG, working on the New Voters Project campaign as well as the Campus Sustainability project. In his free time, Gabriel loves to travel, and is an avid boxer.

Katie Craig  //  Campus Organizer

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Katie runs our Community College Civic Engagement Program for NCPIRG Students. Last year, Katie organized a team of interns on campaigns to make UNC Chapel Hill more sustainable, increase student access to voting, and make college more affordable. Katie graduated 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.

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.