Our Team

Student Leadership

Zeynep Su Oğuzer// State Board Chair // Trinity College

Zeynep is a sophomore at Trinity College, double majoring in Human Rights and Psychology. Immigrating to the US from Turkey expanded Zeynep’s horizons to explore different cultures and become more involved with different communities. Her freshman year in college, Zeynep worked on the Hunger and Homelessness Campaign to develop a plan to support a local food pantry as the ConnPIRG Grassroots Coordinator. Zeynep continues to be involved in ConnPIRGs’ campaigns at Trinity College and hopes to be more involved in projects with other community members.

Isabel Duane // State Board Vice Chair, Trinity College

Isabel is a freshman at Trinity College double majoring in Environmental Science and Public Policy and Law. Intending on pursuing Environmental Law, Izzy seeks to diminish environmental injustices and tackle issues within the climate crisis. Focusing on the 100% Renewable Energy Campaign in the fall and Clean Ocean Campaign in the Spring, Isabel advocates to reduce the harmful impact human practices have on our environment.

Staff

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 began her career in college as a student leader with CALPIRG, where she helped to bring high-speed rail to California. In her current role she directs the national political strategy for the Student PIRGs. She advises staff and students on strategic campaign plans and amplifies our work with coalition partners and at conferences. Dan has managed successful campaigns to cap global warming pollution, fight the high cost of higher education, and make voting more accessible for students. Dan lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she is an avid cyclist and climber.