Dear friends,

I’m reaching out to share some exciting news. This fall, I take my first sabbatical.

Next year AFG celebrates its 10 year anniversary. This also marks my tenure as founding executive director.  In October, I will embark on a six-month sabbatical to reflect, rejuvenate, and imagine the possibilities as the organization embarks on its next decade of impact.

I am deeply proud of what we have accomplished together.  In 2012 there were just six founding member organizations and myself, we believed that we could advance gender equity more powerfully together than we could alone. Today, Alliance for Girls is a staff of eleven with 120 member organizations serving 300,000 girls and gender expansive youth. We have filled the gender data gap with girl-led research on the lived experiences of girls of color and gender expansive youth in our communities; and we have mobilized collective responses to girls’ needs. We have trained tens of thousands of service providers; and we have passed local, community-driven policies that ensure systems are accountable to girls’ safety and center the leadership of girls and gender expansive youth. In our 2020 evaluation, 100% of our members reported that they are achieving more together than they could alone.

During my sabbatical, we have the honor of being led by an exceedingly qualified interim co-executive director, Cynthia Nimmo. Cynthia has been a global leader in gender equity for over 20 years.  As CEO of the Women’s Funding Network,  she united women’s funds and foundations across the U.S. in their collective advocacy for women and girls. During her time at Women’s Funding Network Cynthia was a fierce champion for AFG and in 2019 invited us to present at their conference. In her most recent role, she served as Senior Advisor to UN Women where she helped amplify its global Generation Equality movement and campaign. A Bay Area native, Cynthia is currently on the Board of Directors of Santa Clara University. She continues to advise She the People, which elevates the voices of women of color in our national electoral process. To learn more about Cynthia you can read her bio here.

I am stepping away at a time when AFG is in a good place. Over these next six months, we will continue to move our radical safety agenda forward as we build more equitable communities in which every girl thrives. Moreover, we will model the self and community-care necessary to accelerate women and girls’ leadership and promote the health and well-being of us all.


Emma Mayerson

Founding Executive Director

Alliance for Girls

Photo: Emma at Podium, 2012 Alliance for Girls’ Launch Event