Our Team

Student Leadership

Arianna Maddox // Statewide Board Chair

University of Massachusetts, Boston

Arianna is the State Board Chair of MASSPIRG Students. She is a Sophomore at the University of Massachusetts Boston majoring in Biology. She first started during the first semester of her freshman year working to help register and turn out students to vote in the 2020 election. Since then she has gone from Vice Chair to Chapter Chair at UMass Boston, has become the 100% Renewable Energy coordinator, and is focusing on amplifying the voices of students on issues they care about. Outside of MASSPIRG, Arianna likes to go hiking with her best friend, play games with her siblings, and relax with her grandparents on their couch. After graduation, Arianna hopes to go to graduate school and apply her knowledge from MASSPIRG to the medical and business field.

Jarrett Taylor // Statewide Board Vice Chair

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Jarrett is the Statewide Vice Chair of MASSPIRG Students and the Chapter Chair for MASSPIRG at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a senior at UMass, majoring in Political Science. His first semester with MASSPIRG was spent on the New Voters Project, helping students register to vote for the 2020 primary and general elections. Since joining, he has grown to appreciate the dedication that advocacy requires. He has worked in a number chapter leadership positions with MASSPIRG at UMass Amherst such as Secretary, Treasurer, and now Chapter Chair. Outside of MASSPIRG, Jarrett enjoys spending time outdoors at the beach and fishing, but most of all spending time with friends and family.

Zachary Moskow // Statewide Board Treasurer

University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Zachary (He/Him/His) is the State Board Treasurer of MASSPIRG Students and the Vice Chair for MASSPIRG at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He is a Senior at UMass Lowell majoring in Business Administration with concentrations in International Business and Marketing. He joined MASSPIRG this past year and has been highly involved in the Affordable Textbooks and 100% Renewable Energy campaigns. In addition to his leadership with MASSPIRG, he is also the President of the UMass Lowell Jewish Student Union and a member of the Management and Marketing Societies. In his free time, Zachary enjoys going on runs with his beagle mix, Biscuit, playing video games, and playing board games with his family. Following his final year at UMass Lowell, Zachary is planning on continuing his work to build a better tomorrow by staying involved in politics.

Ashley Greene // Statewide Board Secretary

University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Ashley is the Statewide Secretary for MASSPIRG Students as well as the Chapter Chair for MASSPIRG at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell She is currently a sophomore studying journalism and following a pre-medicine track at UMass Lowell. Ashley began working with MASSPIRG in the fall of 2020 where she helped students register to vote for the presidential election. For her spring semester of Freshman year, Ashley became the Vice Chair for her chapter and worked hard with the other members to make textbooks more affordable on campus. In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her dog Lexi back at home in Whitinsville, MA. 

Our Staff

Julia McLaughlin  //   Organizing Director


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.

Andy MacDonald  //  National Organizing Director


Andy manages the staff who work on 37 campuses in eight 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 Amherst, Mass., with his family, and enjoys all outdoor sports, especially running.

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.

Leigh-Anne Cole  //  Deputy Director


Leigh-Anne is Deputy Director of the Student PIRGs. 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.

Marissa Zampino // Campus Organizer

Marissa is a Campus Organizer for MASSPIRG Students. She graduated from Emory University in 2019 with a degree in History. Prior to joining staff in August 2020, Marissa completed an AmeriCorps VISTA service year at Morehouse College. Marissa got started with MASSPIRG working on the New Voters Project and is excited to work on getting Massachusetts to pass the 100% Clean Act.

Brianna Blastick // Campus Organizer

Bri is a Campus Organizer for MASSPIRG Students. She graduated from Florida State University in 2020 with a degree in Political Science and International Affairs. Prior to joining staff in August 2020, Bri worked with an environmental nonprofit in Florida advocating for clean energy in the state. She got started with MASSPIRG working on the New Voters Project and is excited to work on getting Massachusetts to pass the 100% Clean Act. When she’s not working she enjoys hanging out with her two dogs and exploring Boston.

Zoe Duffield // Campus Organizer

Zoe is a Campus Organizer for MASSPIRG. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Psychology and Sustainable Environmental Systems from the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining staff in March, Zoe worked as a plastic ban project manager for Seaside Sustainability where she helped pass one of the most comprehensive single-use plastics bans in the town of Rockport, MA.

Nathan Garcia // Campus Organizer

Nathan is a Campus Organizer for MASSPIRG Students. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a degree in Public Administration. Prior to joining staff, Nathan was an intern for UMass Dartmouth’s MASSPIRG chapter focusing on passing the 100% Clean Act. When he’s not working, Nathan loves watching the Patriots play and spending quality time with family.

Fiona McElroy // Campus Organizer

Fiona McElroy is the MASSPIRG Campus Organizer at Salem State University and North Shore Community College. Fiona first joined staff in March of 2021 to assist students with their campaign to ban single-use polystyrene in Connecticut, and now she is excited to continue working to pass the 100% Clean Act to commit Massachusetts to a clean energy future. Fiona graduated from Trinity College in 2020 with a degree in Engineering Science and Physics.