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Meet Our Team

At the Student PIRGs, you’ll work alongside some of the best organizers in the country—people who have been doing this work for more than 30 years. Find out more about some of the people you’ll be working with.



Andy Macdonald

Andy MacDonald
National Organizing Director

Andy manages the staff who work on 38 campuses in nine states, as well as training, staff development, volunteer programs, campaign strategy and canvassing for the Student PIRGs. Andy has maintained a funding base for the student chapters, built a pipeline for students and staff to become lifelong activists, and been a part of a variety of social change campaigns. He has held numerous positions within the network, including regional director and assistant national summer canvass director for Fund for the Public Interest. Andy lives in Jamaica Plain, Mass., with his family, and enjoys all outdoor sports, especially running.


Jenn Engstrom

Jenn Engstrom
Assistant National Organizing Director

Jenn works with Student PIRG chapters across the country on campaign strategy and implementation. While working as an organizer and organizing director in California, Jenn has led a team of organizers to build support for passing Proposition 67 to ban plastic grocery bags in California, save solar energy incentives in the state, and register more than 12,000 students to vote. Jenn is a California native and lives in Los Angeles, where she enjoys spending time at the beach and visiting the many amazing restaurants in her city.


Dan Xie

Dan Xie
National Political Director

Dan directs the national political strategy 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.


Sam Gibb

Sam Gibb
Campus Organizing Director, MASSPIRG Students and CONNPIRG Students

Sam oversees student leaders on college campuses across New England, and directs campus organizing efforts on a variety of public interest issues. In previous roles with CALPIRG Students, she worked with USC and UCLA students to run a grassroots petition drive and city-council lobbying campaign to pass a plastic bag ban in Los Angeles, effectively eliminating 3 billion bags from circulation. Over the past nine summers, the canvass offices she has overseen have raised $3 million for non-profit advocacy groups. Sam lives in Boston where she enjoys biking,swimming and driving to visit beautiful places around Massachusetts.


Michael Basmajian

Michael Basmajian
Administrative Assistant

Michael oversees tracking systems, helps plan trainings and provides administrative support for the Student PIRGs. He has worked on a number of successful campaigns, from persuading major fast food chains to stop serving meat raised on routine antibiotics, to getting more affordable textbooks on college campuses in Western Massachusetts. Michael lives in Somerville, Mass., and enjoys playing music and going to concerts.


Megan Anderson

Megan Anderson
Recruitment Director

Megan works to identify and recruit people looking to make a difference and become public interest leaders with the Student PIRGs. Megan lives in Washington, D.C., where she enjoys visiting national monuments and taking advantage of the local food scene.



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