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Lori Hausegger, PhD

Director, NEW Leadership Idaho

This is my seventh year of NEW, and fifth year as Director. Each year I’m impressed with how awesome our students make this program. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, I came to the United States to earn a Ph.D from Ohio State University. My first job as a professor was at Louisiana State University in Baton


Cathe Scott

Project Coordinator, NEW Leadership Idaho

This is my sixth year managing NEW Leadership Idaho and each year is amazing/fun/different! I love organizing things and that’s basically what I do for a living. I have a degree in Marketing from New Mexico State University and a background in a variety of Sales and Public Relations roles. I enjoy NEW Leadership because


Annie Guadagnino

Program Coordinator, Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics

Annie Guadagnino is the Program Coordinator for the Center. Before joining PCWP’s staff in 2012 she was a Campaign Director for Fund for the Public Interest and a Campus Organizer for the Public Interest Research Group. Annie is a 2009 graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in Environmental Studies and a minor


Jessica Friss

Outreach Coordinator, Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics

Jessica Friss is a current AmeriCorps member with Public Allies Pittsburgh and is serving as the Outreach Coordinator for the PCWP during her 10-month national leadership development program. Jessica has recently graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science from Robert Morris University. She has a passion for environmental sustainability, photography, and Twitter.


Dr. Dana Brown

Executive Director, Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics

Dr. Dana Brown began her tenure as the executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics and assistant professor of political science at Chatham University in July of 2010. Dr. Brown earned her doctorate in American Politics and Women and Politics at Rutgers University where she also received her master’s degree in political


Kara Kurtzman

Project Coordinator Staff

Kara is an attorney and graduate of the Gender Leadership and Public Policy graduate certificate program at UMass Boston. She spent many years as an advocate working with survivors of domestic violence, and her more recent work focuses on creating equity in our communities through public policy and community building. Kara lives in Milton with


Shannon Sylvester

Shannon Sylvester received her B.A. in Political Science and International Studies with a dual-minor in Sociology and Gender and Sexuality Studies from Stonehill College in 2019. Ms. Sylvester is a recent graduate of the McCormack’s Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies’: Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy Program. Ms. Sylvester served for two years with


Mariama Mwilambwe

Mariama Mwilambwe is a junior majoring in political science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Mariama serves as the student trustee on the University’s Board of Trustees as well as a writer for the Undergraduate Law Review. Previously, Mariama served as a residential advisor, member of the subcommittee on student conduct, and press secretary for


Magic Wade

Assistant Professor of Political Studies, University of Illinois Springfield (UIS)

Magic Wade’s interest in politics arose during her childhood in rural Alaska, where she routinely watched and discussed national news and election night coverage with her mother. Political affairs were a vehicle for connecting with issues, people, and places beyond their small town. After leaving Alaska for college, Dr. Wade obtained her bachelor’s degree in


Jessica Becker

Executive Director, Conference of Women Legislators (COWL)

Jessica Becker is a Springfield native & resident. She received her Master of Public Administration with a Graduate Certificate in Management of Nonprofit Organizations from the University of Illinois Springfield. She has twelve years of experience as a nonprofit professional, primarily working at our local Community Blood Center and local United Way. She now works