I was 10 years old and in the 5th grade at St. Joseph’s Elementary School when I first participated in Girls Inc. –West Contra Costa County programs. As a young girl, I was sheltered and timid. During my time with Girls Inc., I learned valuable leadership skills; participated in cooking classes, drill team and double-dutch; and made a lot of new friends. These programs helped me to build my self-esteem, helped me to love myself and allowed me to more easily transition into my adolescent years. I was actively involved with Girls Inc through age 12. I subsequently graduated from The Branson School and attended Holy Names University where I received my BA in English and Communications. In October 2011, I returned to Girls Inc. as a volunteer and was soon hired to be a GOAL (Girl Outreach Academic Leader) to present Girls Inc. after-school programming in the elementary, middle and high schools in the West Contra Costa County Unified School District. I was then promoted to Program/Office Manager in September 2012. I was appointed Executive Director in March 2014 after being under the tutelage of former ED Mieasha Harris. Recently I was also awarded Alumnae of the Year by National Girls Incorporated. I am now prepared and excited to lead the agency to greater heights. Because I am a mother or four, I find it highly important to be involved in the schools and the community and I have over 10 years of experience with nonprofits. My passion for the youth has led me to be a Girl Scout Troop Leader, PTA Vice President, PTA Bayside Council Secretary, Read Out Loud Volunteer, Youth Choir Director, Sunday School Teacher, and now Executive Director for Girls Inc. As a product of Girls Inc., I hope to give to young girls all the important qualities that I learned from the agency. I want to make Girls Inc. not only a safe place for friends to gather, but a training ground for future leaders.