Staff

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

@melissagirlup

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

@msannablue

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

Senior Director

@juliewillig

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

Barbara Aranda

Regional Representative for Latin America and Caribbean

@BitaAranda

Barbara is the Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean, and is based in Mexico. ¿Estás interesada en formar un Club? ¡Contáctala!

Aditi Arora

Regional Representative for India and South Asia

Aditi is the Regional Representative for India and South Asia, and is based in New Delhi. Her Instagram is @AditiGirlUpIndia

Leticia Bahia

Regional Representative for Brazil

Leticia leads Girl Up efforts in Brazil, and is based in Sao Paulo. Follow @GirlUpBrasil on Instagram for more.

Naomi Naik

Communications and Digital Media Associate

naomisnaik

Naomi leads digital and social media strategy for Girl Up, supporting advocacy objectives, constituency building, and fundraising.

Musonda Chikwanda

Regional Representative for Africa

Musonda is the Regional Representative for Africa, Coordinating and Cultivating Girl Up Clubs in Africa. She is based in Zambia.

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.

Rahkendra Ice

Communications and Digital Media Officer

Rahkendra manages editorial strategy across Girl Up’s platforms. She helps capture Girl Up’s impact by telling the story of what our amazing girls are doing around the world.

Bailey Leuschen

Programs & Impact Manager

Insta @baileygirlup

Bailey advances Girl Up’s leadership programs and directs the WiSci Girls STEAM Camps so that youth leaders can advance global gender equality.

Yunmei Li

Regional Representative for East Asia and Pacific

Yunmei is the Regional Representative for East Asia and Pacific, and is based in China. Her Instagram handle is @lymgirlup.

Maggie Liu

Programs & Impact Manager

Maggie manages Girl Up’s Club/Campus & Teen Advisor Programs as well as global expansion.

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 Director

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

Associate

@msrocioortega

Rocío manages the Teen Advisor program, Sports for a Purpose, the annual Mexico Leadership Summit and supports global expansion efforts.

Sunita Rao

Associate

@sunrao

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.