Mission

Alliance for Girls mobilizes girls’ champions to address barriers facing girls, create conditions for their success, and advance systemic change to achieve equity.

Vision

To advance equitable communities in which every girl thrives.

Scope

We are the largest regional alliance of girl-serving organizations and leaders in the country. Our membership includes 100+ organizations that employ 2,400 people with more than 5,100 volunteers serving more than 300,000 girls across nine Bay Area counties.

History

Since its inception, Alliance for Girls has been catalyzing agencies and systems to work strategically, passionately, and collectively to dramatically shift gender-specific realities and to ensure that the next generation of women and girls realize their full potential. View our timeline →

Values

Our Spirit: Inclusiveness, Collaboration, Fearlessness, Self-Care, Participation

Our Goals: Leadership Development, Collaboration, Research, Advocacy

We Believe

That those closest to the problem are closest to the solution

In moving beyond the gender binary

That diverse leadership is more effective leadership

In the power of the collective

Leadership

Staff
Board of Directors
Young Women’s Leadership Board
Research & Communications Committee
Advocacy Committee

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

Mark Gunther (Chair)

Mark Gunther (Chair)

Managing Director, Eva Leah Gunther Foundation
Linda Calhoun

Linda Calhoun

Founder & Executive Producer Career Girls
Elisabeth Charles

Elisabeth Charles

Chief Marketing Officer, Rodan + Fields
Raquel Donoso

Raquel Donoso

Senior Program Officer, Equity in Education, Yellow Chair Foundation
Michael Gomez

Michael Gomez

Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
Dr. Veronica Hunnicutt

Dr. Veronica Hunnicutt

CEO & Founder, HG Inc.
Taara Hoffman

Taara Hoffman

Consultant
Annie Longsworth

Annie Longsworth

Executive Managing Director, RFB: Siren
Lori Nishiura Mackenzie

Lori Nishiura Mackenzie

Lead Strategist, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Stanford University Graduate School of Business
Jan Medina

Jan Medina

Real Estate Agent, Zephyr Real Estate
Rachel Schneider

Rachel Schneider

Program Officer, Jim Joseph Foundation

The Young Women’s Leadership Board convenes high school aged young women of diverse backgrounds to inform the work of Alliance for Girls and to increase board diversity by training and developing them as non-profit board members.

Gabrielle Battle

Gabrielle Battle

Maren Frye

Maren Frye

Esme Kalbag

Esme Kalbag

Aparna Iyer

Aparna Iyer

Anna Sara Mehouelley

Anna Sara Mehouelley

Sofía Orduña

Sofía Orduña

Sasha Williams

Sasha Williams

Andrea Zamora

Andrea Zamora

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.

Nancy Gruver

Nancy Gruver

Founder & CEO, New Moon Girls
Conchita Campos

Conchita Campos

Operations Manager, Women's Therapy Center
Jennifer “Jay” Guzman

Jennifer “Jay” Guzman

Grassroots Organizer

The Advocacy Committee is responsible for guiding Alliance for Girls' work to advance systems change. The committee is tasked with co-creating AFG's Girls Policy Agenda by providing detailed feedback, identifying the political feasibility and will of policy, and working closely with their community/constituents to bring key input into the agenda.

Laura Alberti

Laura Alberti

Prevention Coordinator, Bay Area Women Against Rape (BAWAR)
Ja’Nai Aubry

Ja’Nai Aubry

Housing and Gender Justice Staff Attorney, Family Violence Law Center
Jarlene Choy

Jarlene Choy

Development and Public Engagement Associate, Futures Without Violence
Lizette Mary Diaz

Lizette Mary Diaz

Program Coordinator, CARAS: Community Agency for Resources, Advocacy and Services
Karla Guerra

Karla Guerra

Policy Fellow, Unity Council
Dawn Kruger

Dawn Kruger

CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area
Xotchil Larios

Xotchil Larios

Youth Justice Program Associate, CURYJ
Jae Maldonado

Jae Maldonado

Associate Director of Community Health, The Unity Council
Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto

Senior Director of Social Justice, YWCA SV
Elizabeth Newman

Elizabeth Newman

Policy & Projects Director, San Francisco Department on the Status on Women
Vylma Ortiz

Vylma Ortiz

Advocacy Specialist, The Women’s Building (TWB)
Kamalpreet Padda

Kamalpreet Padda

Development Associate, GirlVentures
Protima Pandey

Protima Pandey

Director, Santa Clara Office of Women's Policy
Jocelyn Yow

Jocelyn Yow

Policy Manager, IGINITE

Timeline

2009: Founding Members Convene
2012: Official Launch
2012-Present: Realizing the Vision

2009: Founding Members Convene

Directors of eight girl-serving organizations convene to confront the shared challenges and barriers they face in fully realizing their missions with emphasis on:

  • Lack of support for leaders of girls' services
  • Lack of infrastructure to share resources, collaborate and refer girls
  • Lack of advocacy for girls’ programs

2012: Official Launch

Organizing Conference is held with 80 organizational leaders to identify individual and sector-wide needs within the framework of three programming areas:

  • Self-Care: Leadership development for staff of girls' services
  • Collaboration: Online directory of girls' services and opportunities
  • Advocacy: Unified voice for seat at decision-making tables 

As well as shared values:

  • Spirit: Inclusiveness, collaboration, fearlessness, self-care, participation
  • Goals: Leadership development, collaboration, advocacy

2012-Present: Realizing the Vision

Alliance for Girls continues to develop, refine and expand its programming in line with the organizing vision:

  • Leadership Development: Knowledge sharing, relationship building and training between agencies
  • Collaboration: Growth from eight to 100+ members, enabling greater resource-sharing and collaboration
  • Research: Production of original, girl-led and community-driven research reports on the lived experiences of girls
  • Advocacy: Development of strong voice to effectively advocate for girls and girls' services

Some key stats:

  • 200 total members
  • 85% membership renewal rate
  • 50+ collaborations between members