Mission

To ensure that girl-serving organizations are more connected, more effective and better able to prepare today's girls to be the leaders, agents of change and thriving women of tomorrow.

Vision

To build a world where a girl's worth is determined by her mind and spirit, her body is safe and a source of joy, and the sky is her limit.

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 six 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

Leadership

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

Children & Family Fellow, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Michael Gomez

Michael Gomez

Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
Dr. Veronica Hunnicutt

Dr. Veronica Hunnicutt

CEO & Founder, HG Inc.
Taara Hoffman

Taara Hoffman

Director of Corporate Partnerships, Genesys Works
Annie Longsworth

Annie Longsworth

Executive Managing Director, RFB: Siren
Lori Nishiura Mackenzie

Lori Nishiura Mackenzie

Executive Director, Stanford Clayman Institute for Gender Research
Jan Medina

Jan Medina

Real Estate Agent, Zephyr Real Estate
Rachel Schneider

Rachel Schneider

Director of Programming, The Hivery

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.

Helynna Brooke

Helynna Brooke

Executive Director, San Francisco Mental Health Education Funds
Lenore Gallin

Lenore Gallin

Branch Member & Professor, AAUW Oakland-Piedmont
Kiku Johnson

Kiku Johnson

Customer Relations/ Office Administrator, One Circle Foundation
Nancy Gruver

Nancy Gruver

Founder & CEO, New Moon Girls
Dawn McMahan

Dawn McMahan

Development & Program Coordinator, Project Re-Connect
Connie Wun

Connie Wun

Co-Founder, Institute for Research & Social Transformation

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 (Co-Chair)

Jana Hiraga (Co-Chair)

Program Director, Youth Development YWCA Berkeley/Oakland
Natalie Langsdorf (Co-Chair)

Natalie Langsdorf (Co-Chair)

Program Director, Girls on the Run of the Bay Area

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