Our Team

Student Leadership

Katelynn Gilbert // Club President // UNC Chapel Hill

Elizabeth Wilson // Club President // North Carolina State University

Olivia Hess // Club President // Durham Technical Community College

Our Staff

Katie Craig  //  State Director


Katie Craig is the State Director for NCPIRG. Before stepping into her current role, Katie was the Organizing Director for NCPIRG Campus Action, running NCPIRG’s campus program across the state. As a NCPIRG Campus Organizer, 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 got involved with NCPIRG and 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


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


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.