Mackenzie Kuhl ‘19 is the President of the College of Saint Benedict Washington, D.C. Alumnae Chapter. She graduated from CSB with a major in Political Science and minors in Economics and Hispanic Studies. While at Saint Ben’s, Mackenzie was a co-director for the traveling student documentary film team called Extending the Link (ETL) and worked in the Office of Experiential and Professional Development (XPD) coordinating the institution's Bonner Leader Program. She also studied abroad in Vina del Mar, Chile. She was a Brandl Scholar and Robson Scholar as well as an alumna of the Washington, D.C. Summer Study Internship Program.
Mackenzie came to Washington as soon as she graduated from CSB and resides in Southwest DC, where she enjoys running or riding her bike along the Potomac River. She enjoys thrift shopping, painting, and exploring the District’s coffee scene through her communications work with Slipstream DC, a local artisan coffee and cocktail shop focused on building relationships with roasters and other community partners.
Professionally, she is the current Programs and Communications Manager for the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), where her main focus is to plan the logistics of six annual seminars for undergraduate female leaders from across the country interested in pursuing a career in the policy arena. She is also responsible for marketing, communications, and social media outreach. While at Saint Ben's, she attended PLEN's 2016 Women in Global Policy Seminar in D.C. and hopes to pay similar opportunities forward to current students.
Before joining PLEN, Mackenzie has worked in New Jersey, Minnesota, and D.C. in positions related to leadership, access to higher education, health/wellness, and communications. She is originally from Dubuque, Iowa, and is a daughter of two teachers.