Our Team

Student Leadership

Ashley Agostinelli // Statewide Board Chair

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Ashley is the State Board Chair of MASSPIRG Students. She is a Senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst majoring in Psychology and Linguistics. She first started during Fall 2020 to help register students to vote in the 2020 election. Since then, she has gone from the Secretary to Chapter Chair at UMass Amherst. Outside of MASSPIRG, Ashley likes to knit, read and play board games with friends. After graduation, Ashley plans to attend law school and apply all that she has learned in her future career.

Caitlyn Egan // Statewide Board Vice Chair

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Caitlyn Egan is the current Vice Chair of MASSPIRG at UMass Amherst, and also the MASSPIRG Statewide Board Vice Chair. She started volunteering with MASSPIRG when she was a freshman and has continued to take on leadership with the organization ever since. Her passion for the environment got her interested in the organization, and her experience with MASSPIRG has sparked an interest in pursuing Environmental Policy at the federal level. She is excited to have met so many amazing people through working with MASSPIRG, and will remember her experience forever!

Catherine Sales // Statewide Board Treasurer

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Catherine Sales (She/They) is a senior Psychology major at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and the Statewide Board Treasurer of MASSPIRG Students, as well as the treasurer of her school’s MASSPIRG chapter. She originally joined MASSPIRG in fall of 2020, quickly becoming a lead intern of the New Voters Project, helping mobilize students to vote in the presidential election. During the the spring of 2021 and 2022, she helped advocate for legislation to commit the state of Massachusetts to 100 percent clean energy by holding virtual lobby meetings with legislators over Zoom. And she also helped win the support of 70% of the student body at UMass to maintain MASSPIRG’s funding on campus. When not advocating for a better future, Catherine enjoys crocheting, making DIYs, and playing video games like Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley.

Our Staff

Leigh-Anne Cole  //  Organizing Director

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Leigh-Anne is the Organizing Director for MASSPIRG Students and the 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. Prior to her current role, Leigh-Anne directed the recruitment department for The Public Interest Network, where she recruited hundreds of candidates to join our movement. Leigh-Anne lives in Milton, Massachusetts, where she loves to go hiking with her dog, Aspen, and her daughter, Rosie.

Andy MacDonald  //  National Organizing Director

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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

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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. Dan lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she is an avid cyclist and climber.

Shanze Madhani // Campus Organizer

Shanze is a campus organizer for MASSPIRG Students, based in Dartmouth, MA. Prior to working with MASSPIRG, she graduated from the University of Washington in 2022 with a degree in Environmental Studies. She is excited to work on the 100% Clean Act to commit Massachusetts to being powered by clean renewable energy, and when she’s not working, she spends her time reading, searching for new coffee shops and watching too many TikToks.

Brooklyn Darling // Campus Organizer

Brooklyn is a campus organizer for MASSPIRG Students, based in Lowell, MA. Prior to working with MASSPIRG, she graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2022 with a degree in International Relations and focus on Environmental Policy. Brooklyn is passionate about advocating for a 100 percent renewable energy future and preventing hunger and homelessness. In her free time, she enjoys paddle boarding and camping, and is working to climb all of New Hampshire’s forty-eight 4,000 foot mountains!

Kirby Sikes // Campus Organizer

Kirby is a campus organizer for MASSPIRG Students, based in Amherst, MA. Before joining staff, Kirby graduated from California Institute of Technology with a degree in geophysics, and worked in a laboratory studying river deltas and sea level rise. Kirby is excited about promoting civic engagement among young people so that we enter adulthood knowing how to protect ourselves and our communities from environmental degradation and predatory companies, and how to organize society to promote human well-being. An avid Wikipedia editor, Kirby is passionate about free education and information, and enjoys hiking, cycling, and recreational mathematics.