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

Director

@melissagirlup

Melissa leads the Girl Up campaign, working with our staff, supporters and partners to drive change for girls around the world.

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Anna Blue

Deputy Director

@msannablue

Anna helps lead, empower and support the Girl Up team to fulfill our mission.

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Julie Willig

Campaign Manager

@juliewillig

Julie builds grassroots advocacy and fundraising strategies that empower our supporters to make an impact for girls around the world.

Bernadette Francis

Senior Development Associate

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

Bailey Leuschen

Campaign Officer

Bailey connects Girl Up clubs, coalitions and regional leaders with the resources they need to make meaningful change for girls around the world through successful grassroots advocacy and fundraising.

Beth Nervig

Digital Producer

@BethNervig

Beth drives digital communications strategy for social media, email newsletters and website content, all to highlight the inspiring stories of girls and advocates making change around the world.

Chelsea Williams-Diggs

Campaign Associate

@chelsea_wd

Chelsea supports our grassroots work, manages the Teen Advisor program, and leads in the planning and oversight of Girl Up events.

Rocío Ortega

Campaign Associate

@msrocioortega

Rocio supports our grassroots work, co-manages the Teen Advisor program, and helps provide content for all social media channels and website.

Sunita Rao

Campaign Assistant

@sunrao

Sunita provides overall support to campaign development including contracts with partners and grassroots work.

Kirsten Foster

Advocacy Officer

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