Our Team

Student Leadership

Caroline Munn // State Board Secretary

Caroline is a Senior, majoring in Urban and American Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She has been working with PIRG since her sophomore year where she started as the Hunger and Homelessness coordinator and then the Zero Waste campaign. Caroline continues to organize as the Chapter Chair of Trinity’s CONNPIRG chapter because of the passionate students that are involved in the organization who are striving to make change everyday. When not working with PIRG, Caroline is playing on the turf as the Captain of Trinity’s Field Hockey Team.

Rachel Papalski // Vice Chapter Chair

Rachel is a sophomore at Trinity College, majoring in English and Public Policy and Law with a minor in Rhetoric, Writing, and Media studies. She has been involved with PIRG since her first semester freshman year, where she started volunteering with the Zero Waste campaign before becoming the chapter’s Visibility Coordinator the following Spring semester. Rachel is motivated by the potential to create social change, not only at her small school but across the Northeast. When she isn’t volunteering with PIRG, she is a member of the women’s swim team and works at Trinity’s Writing Center.

Staff

Lars Dahl // Campus Organizer

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Lars is a campus organizer, working with CONNPIRG at Trinity College and at his alma mater, Clark University. He graduated from Clark in 2020, with a degree in Political Science, with minors in Economics and International Development. He’s most passionate about voting rights, especially the Automatic Voter Registration campaign. He all cares deeply about the environment and reducing plastic pollution. In his free time he works to make fair congressional maps and goes on long walks in Hartford where he lives.

Julia McLaughlin // Organizing Director

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Julia McLaughlin is the Assistant Organizing Director for MASSPIRG Students. Julia got her start as a student organizer with her own MASSPIRG Chapter while she was an undergrad at UMass Amherst where she studied English and French. She spent her first two years on full time staff as a campus organizer at UC Riverside and UCLA with CALPIRG Students, working to help successfully pass SB100, a state bill committing California to 100% clean electricity by 2045. In the summer, Julia enjoys spending her weekends at the beach, laying out in the sun and swimming in the ocean.

Jim Leahy // State House Advocate

Jim Leahy has 30 years of experience in lobbying, non-profit association management and political organizing. An expert in building strong grassroots organizations, he has worked with clients in a wide variety of sectors, including healthcare, environment, consumer protection, public safety, as well as arts & culture. His advocacy track record includes several high profile wins, including two first-in-the-nation laws, one to require labeling genetically modified foods and another to require labeling small parts that pose choking hazards to children under 3.

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 and got her start as an intern with CALPIRG Students. Dan lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she is an avid cyclist and climber.