Alliance for Girls Leadership

Alliance for Girls' work is possible thanks to the leadership, wisdom, and dedication of many incredible girls' champions. Here are some of them below.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board consists of key member influencers and sector influencers who provide support to Alliance for Girls (AFG) around strategic planning and fundraising efforts.

Kathleen Thurmond
KT Consulting
Marlene Sanchez
Associate Director


Rhuenette Alums
Area Director

AT&T California

Jennifer Berger
Executive Director
Linda Calhoun
Founder & Executive Producer
Career Girls
Patti Chang
Feed the Hunger

Pam David
Executive Director

Walter & Elise Haas Fund
Jenny DeRuntz
Associate Director

YWCA of Berkeley
& Oakland
Mark Gunther
Managing Director

Eva Gunther Foundation
Taara Hoffman
Executive Director
Joan Kuriansky
Former President & CEO

Wider Opportunities
for Women
Sheri Lucas
Senior Vice President

Wells Fargo

Fiona Ma
State Board of Equalization

District 2

Lori Mackenzie
Executive Director

The Clayman Institute for Gender Research
Loren Mahon
Vice President of
Oracle America, Inc.

Kim Scala

Scala Law

Lateefah Simon
Executive Director
Akonadi Foundation

Esta Soler
Executive Director
Futures Without Violence
Jackie Speier

Congresswoman of
California's 14th District

Misbah Surani

High School

Elizabeth Sweet
Program Officer

Philanthropy Workshop

 Danielle West

Bishop O'Dowd
High School 

Research & Communications Committee

The Research & Communications Committee is responsible for gathering resources and organizing content for Alliance for Girls' blog and quarterly newsletter. The committee curates the most pressing issues in the news as well as outreaches to members to produce op-ed pieces or blogs.

Helynna Brooke
Executive Director
San Francisco Mental
Health Education Funds

Kiku Johnson
Customer Relations/
Office Administrator

One Circle Foundation

Lenore Gallin
Branch Member & Professor
AAUW Oakland-Piedmont

Nancy Gruver
Founder & CEO
New Moon Girls
Dawn McMahan
Development & Program Coordinator
Project Re-Connect
 Kara Sammet
Research & Evaluation
Andy Spivack
MSW Intern - Public Education
Campaigns & Programs
Futures Without Violence
 Connie Wun
Institute for Research &
Social Transformation  

Membership Engagement Committee

The Membership Engagement Committee is responsible for outreaching to current and potential members. The committee keeps the pulse of Alliance for Girls' membership by connecting with members and organizing social events and activities.

Jana Hiraga
Program Director, Youth Development
YWCA Berkeley/Oakland
Natalie Langsdorf
Program Director
Girls on the Run of
the Bay Area  

Brice Lovell
Director of Development & Marketing


Alliance for Girls Staff

Emma Mayerson
Founding Executive Director  (510) 629-9464

Emma Mayerson is the Founding Director of Alliance for Girls (AFG), a membership association of more than 150 organizations and individuals serving more than 300,000 girls in the Bay Area. Under Emma’s leadership AFG has become the largest alliance of girls’ organizations and champions in the nation, working collectively to ensure girl-serving organizations are more connected, more effective and better able to prepare the girls of today to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Emma is an experienced organizer and advocate for women and girls. She began her organizing career at Tufts University by co-founding the Jumbo Janitor Alliance, a student club that organized Tufts students to act as advocates for, and in community with, Tufts janitors. After graduating she became a Community Organizing Resident with the Progressive Jewish Alliance, organizing the Jewish community in support of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. In this role Emma was trained by the Industrial Areas Foundation in community organizing.

Emma also worked at the Women’s Foundation of California where she worked on a speaking series that highlighted the stories of successful and civically minded women in Los Angeles, California. Emma graduated cum laude from Tufts University where she won the Ted Shapiro Award for Outstanding Senior Thesis and was inducted into the Honos Civicus Society for her commitment to community service.

Kailin Chou
Membership & Marketing Manager  (510) 629-9464

Kailin Chou joined Alliance for Girls' staff in July 2014, providing broad support for leaders of girl-serving organizations, managing membership retention and outreach, and developing Alliance for Girls’ website and communications. Since joining, Alliance for Girls has become the largest alliance of girls’ organizations and champions working collectively to effect powerful change for girls, young women, and their communities.

Kailin has a strong passion for supporting children, youth, and marginalized communities. She has years of experience in the nonprofit sector, mentoring children and working at organizations including Camfed, People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) and Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation, consulting local nonprofits, and leading awareness campaigns on human trafficking. In 2012, Kailin earned her Masters in Public Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies with concentrations in Nonprofit Management and International Development. Her studies culminated in a consultancy for the Community Alliance for Safety and Peace, an alliance of over 30 stakeholders in Monterey County working together to reduce gang violence in Salinas and its surrounding areas.

A Bay Area native, Kailin enjoys cooking, the outdoors, art and design, traveling, and learning languages.