Meet the CSN Team


Marj Plumb, DrPh, MNA



Jo Giles

Director of Policy
and Training

Marj Plumb is the Director of the Coalition for a Strong Nebraska (CSN). She has been a non-profit consultant and trainer for the past fifteen years specializing in public policy advocacy, community-based participatory research (CBPR), and non-profit organizational and leadership development. Marj provided training in CBPR through the California Breast Cancer Research Program, one of the biggest CBPR funder in the world, and the California-based Child Health and Development Studies, a three-generation 50-year-old cohort study. She is a CBPR reviewer for National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences environmental center grant proposals. She is also the creator of two policy advocacy training programs - Reach the Decision Makers which trained researchers, clinicians, and community members how to engage with the USEPA on environmental reproductive health science and the Women’s Policy Institute which she continues to Direct for the Women’s Foundation of California, which trains grassroots women leaders in California on how to advocate for just local and state public policies, directly resulting in 29 new laws in California in thirteen years. Marj has a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from the University of San Francisco and a doctorate in public health from the University of California, Berkeley. Email Marj –

Jo Giles is CSN's Policy and Training Director. She creates training sessions for CSN members, and others in the nonprofit sector, to be able to participate more fully in the public policy advocacy process. Jo also is responsible for managing communications and supporting our members during the legislative session.

Jo was recently outreach director at OpenSky, which works to improve opportunities for every Nebraskan by providing impartial and precise research and analysis, on budget, tax and education finance. Prior to that, Jo worked at Emspace Group, a communications strategy firm in Omaha and was an award-winning media relations professional and journalist who worked in the public relations department at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and as a television reporter/anchor for Omaha’s KPTM Fox 42 News. Jo has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a bachelor's degree in psychology and African-American studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a certificate in public health from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Email Jo –