Our team may be small, but our reach is big. The Girl Up staff is innovative, experienced and passionate. We are deeply committed to working toward a world where all girls are empowered – and having fun while doing it.

Want to join our (totally awesome) team? Check out job openings on the United Nations Foundation careers page.

Melissa Kilby

Co-Executive Director


As one half of the “dynamic duo” Melissa leads Girl Up, helping to empower a generation of young women leaders who promote and defend gender equality around the world.

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Anna Blue

Co-Executive Director


As one half of the “dynamic duo” Anna leads Girl Up, helping to empower a generation of young women leaders who promote and defend gender equality around the world.

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Julie Willig

Director of Programs and Impact


Julie oversees Girl Up’s leadership programs and global impact through our fundraising and advocacy initiatives.

Kelsey Carroll

Communications and Digital Media Associate


Kelsey works on digital and social media for Girl Up, helping to get the word out about gender equality and ethical development.

Carol Cropp

Advancement Specialist

Carol builds relationships with donors for the purpose of fundraising to ensure that Girl Up can empower more girls to be leaders and promote gender equality worldwide.

Kirsten Foster

Advocacy Officer

Kirsten leads advocacy efforts to pass legislation that helps the most vulnerable girls and women worldwide.

Bernadette Francis

Senior Development Associate

Bernadette supports our fundraising efforts, raising vital funds, providing strategic guidance and working in partnership with our supporters to make our mission possible.

Meagan Harlowe

Graphic Designer

Meagan manages Girl Up’s visual brand and designs our content across print and digital platforms.

Bailey Leuschen

Programs & Impact Manager

Insta @baileygirlup

Bailey advances Girl Up’s leadership programs (Club/Campus, WiSci Girls STEAM Camps, Leadership Summit, and more) so that youth leaders advance global gender equality.

Fatoumata Makadji

Operations and Events Coordinator

Fatoumata manages contracts and grants for the Girl up team, and also assists in the planning and production of key Girl Up events.

Lisa Napper

Programs Associate

Lisa co-manages the Teen Advisor and Clubs program with a special focus on campus clubs.

Beth Nervig

Communications and Digital Media Manager

Insta @bnervig

Beth manages global communications strategy across social, digital, and email platforms and is passionate about telling the stories of incredible girl leaders and activists around the world.

Rocío Ortega



Rocío co-manages the Teen Advisor program, WiSci Girls STEAM Camp, among other Girl Up programs and provides content for all social media channels and website relating to Club members.

Sunita Rao



Sunita works at the intersection of programming and partnerships. She leads STEM initiatives at Girl Up, helping girls harness essential skill-sets achieved by critical thinking in STEM.

Ashley Smoluk

Director of Development

Ashley oversees and directs Girl Up’s overall development strategy through fundraising for overall support and initiatives.