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Brooke joined Girls on the Run of the Bay Area in January 2012. She is passionate about expanding the organization’s programs to reach more girls and loves learning from the youth, the coaches, and the amazing staff and board!
Having worked as an Independent Health and Transportation Consultant, the Executive Director of Bay Area Women’s Cycling, and a Program Coordinator specializing in physical activity promotion with the Alameda County Public Health Department, Brooke brings more than ten years of work experience to the organization. Also, she has served several years as a member of the boards of directors of non-profit organizations, including Walk San Francisco and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
Brooke’s educational background includes a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University as well as an MBA degree from the Global Executive MBA program at SDA Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, with studies at University of California -- Los Angeles. Additionally, she is a Certified Health Education Specialist.
When she’s not working, Brooke loves to run, bicycle, speak Italian, travel, and read.
Natalie credits running with giving her community and sanity in her formative years, and is thrilled to see a new generation of girls gain confidence and passion for running. She received her English degree from Kenyon College and joined Girls on the Run in 2007. Her role fulfills the dream of channeling her passion for organization and education into a job that puts her in touch with the community. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with so many wonderful girls and volunteers, and is learning new things every day as the program expands. In her free time Natalie enjoys long city walks, and long country walks when she can get there. She volunteers as a Peer Counselor at the Berkeley Free Clinic and as a tutor for Reading Partners.
Desiree was born and raised in Mt. Shasta, California where she grew up playing sports year round. Her passion for physical activity led her to study Kinesiology at St. Mary’s College where she learned the value of service as well as education. After college she ran her first full marathon and coached for Girls in the Run at Walnut Heights where she discovered her passion for helping her community. The girls on her team fueled her as she was marathon training, and she is forever grateful for the time she was able to spend helping the girls live healthy and happy lives. Coaching for GOTR inspired Desiree to pursue a career in the nonprofit field, and she spent past several years fundraising and coordinating events for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She believes that her life should be spent serving those in need, and plans to continue giving back to her community as much as possible. Desiree currently lives in Oakland with her high school sweetheart husband, two cats, and old dog. She enjoys running, hiking, gardening, and spending as much time outdoors as possible in her spare time.
Hanna was born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio, where she did Girls on the Run as a 4th grader at North Avondale Montessori. In December of 2000, she ran the GOTR 5K with her whole family. Prior to working at GOTR she completed a few stints of working for Reading Partners, SoulCycle, and even as a nanny for two cute kids. In addition, she coached with GOTR for one season at Fairmount Elementary school during the Spring 2015 season. She studied psychology and gender and women's studies at Bowdoin College in Maine. While in college, there was one semester she did hot yoga every single day just to stay warm. She is excited to promote the use of physical activity to young girls as a source of positivity, empowerment, and joy.
Alex spent most of her childhood in Girl Scouts, where she learned to love and respect her community, herself, and nature. In 2014, she graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA degree in History and Education. During her undergraduate years, Alex was a mentor for 5th graders in a social and emotional-focused after-school program in Santa Cruz. She also proudly served as Development Coordinator on the founding leadership team for Camp Kesem UC Santa Cruz. After these unforgettable experiences, she decided to shift her career focus from public school teaching to nonprofit development for youth programs. She loves working for Girls on the Run because it offers a unique and supportive curriculum that young girls often do not receive in their classrooms. Alex loves camping, face painting, yoga, singing in the car, and, most of all, running in her spare time.
Carla is the Chief Financial Officer for the Presidio Trust. Over the past 20 years, Carla has held a variety of finance positions primarily in the public service arena. She received her MPA from Golden Gate University. Carla is an active member of the community and passionately supports activities that empower woman and girls. She also serves on the board of Soroptimist International of San Francisco. After and early life as an army brat, San Francisco has been her home for nearly thirty years.
Jennifer is the Founder of Colosi Associates, an executive search firm specializing in assignments for executive officers. Prior to her search career, Jennifer was previously the Chief Accounting Officer of a public company. She earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of South Florida, Tampa. There is no question she owes her career and life success to the discipline and confidence built from age 19 when she became a runner by accident. She realized her mailbox was half mile away and that she should try to run to it in the Florida heat to see what would happen. After that it was a 5k and beyond to the marathon with Team in Training. Jen is a past coach and buddy runner for Girls on the Run. She also serves on the board development committee of the Girl Scouts of Northern California and was a past board member of the Financial Women’s Association. Jennifer lives in Pacific Heights with her husband Tom. She is a casual but committed triathlete.
Robin Endres is currently the Executive Director of On Your Feet Foundation. Prior to that, she was the Director of Development and Communications at Feed the Hunger Foundation, a nonprofit committed to supporting women and disenfranchised food entrepreneurs through microlending. She has over a decade of experience in the public sector developing and implementing fundraising and communications strategies, collecting and analyzing data to increase organizational effectiveness, and driving strategic planning that aligns with organizational mission and values. Her passion both professionally and academically is advancing women and girls’ empowerment and equality at local and international levels. Robin has been elected to several PTA boards and was hired by the SF Unified School District to manage family outreach to underserved communities at underperforming schools. In addition to Girls on the Run Bay Area, she serves on the boards of The Women’s Intercultural Network and The International Cardiovascular Health Alliance. In 2015 and 2016, she was a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Robin was elected Vice President of Pi Alpha Alpha National Honors Society for Public Affairs and Administration in 2013. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz in Latin American Studies and East Asian Studies and a Master’s degree from SF State University in Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management. She is raising two teenagers including one who participated in the Girls on the Run program and its alumnae program.
Cynthia is a business executive with over twenty years of experience across the technology sector, particularly in software, internet, mobile and e-commerce. She has deep expertise with management teams scaling businesses, building teams, achieving objectives and sustaining financial and operating excellence. Previously, Cynthia was the Head of Corporate Development at Twitter where she scaled corporate development and strategy and led the company through the most acquisitive period in the company’s history. Prior to Twitter, Cynthia was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley in the technology investment banking group. She received her Bachelors of Science from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Running and the outdoors have been constants throughout Cynthia’s life. Cynthia believes the power of running can help prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect, healthy living and embolden them to realize their full potential as leaders. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Adrian and three young children.
Nanci is currently a Principal and National Practice Director for the Not-for-Profit Sector at Sullivan, Cotter and Associates in San Francisco. As a compensation consultant, she serves clients exclusively in the not-for-profit sector. With over 22 years in the field, including compensation consulting and leadership roles at Mercer and Deloitte, Nanci partners with her clients to develop competitive executive and employee compensation and benefits programs to support their mission, talent and culture objectives. Nanci received her BA from University of San Diego and her MA from Pepperdine University. Nanci has been an active athlete since age 5, and in her adult life has embraced the sports of running, cycling, swimming, triathlon and weight-training. A former Girls on the Run coach, she believes physical activity plays a critical tool in the empowerment of women and girls. Nanci lives in Marin County with her husband, John, and their furry (cat) daughter, Squeekie - also an avid runner.
Megan is the Head of Sales Operations & Strategy for the North America Sales Development Department at LinkedIn. Originally from the East Coast, Megan received her BA from Dartmouth College in Economics and her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Megan is an avid athlete and believes strongly in the benefits of girls' involvements in sports to build their strength, fitness, confidence, and sense of achievement. Megan was a member of her college softball team and is still passionate about soccer, skiing, and running to keep fit! Megan lives in San Francisco with her husband, Matt.
Sarah is a Marketing Strategy and Client Services Consultant. With over 15 years of experience, Sarah has held senior positions at companies such as CNET, Responsys, Silverpop, and Oracle and consulted at companies across a variety of verticals. Sarah collaborates with her clients to develop integrated marketing and CRM strategies, marketing operations best practices, onboarding and team training, and process design and documentation. Sarah received her BA from The American University in Law and Society. Sarah has been an avid runner for most of her life and has completed 15 marathons. She believes passionately that running and sports have the power to help girls throughout their lives to set and achieve healthy goals, build strength (physical and mental), and develop confidence and self-esteem. Sarah lives in San Francisco with her husband, Roberto and their daughter.
Stacy is a Director of Inventory Management at Gap, Inc. Over the past nine years, Stacy has held positions across Banana Republic, Gap and Old Navy in Buying, Inventory Management and Store Leadership. She received her MBA from the University of Wyoming and studied Organizational Communication at the University of Montana. Over the past several years, she's been a volunteer for Girls on the Run of the Bay Area, serving as a running buddy and a supporter of various fundraising and community awareness events. Prior to moving to San Francisco, Stacy lived and worked in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, where she hiked, camped and skied often in the rugged outdoors. She now lives in San Francisco and enjoys running in Golden Gate Park.
Robert is Vice President of Marketing at CellSavers, a San Francisco start-up. He has over 20 years of consumer marketing and e-commerce experience. Robert first completed a Lollipop run in 2006, with his wife and their pre-school daughters. Since then, Robert has been a GOTR running buddy many more times, as his daughters flourished, made friends, and discovered an ongoing love of running through the program, with Robert’s wife, Victoria, as their school’s coach. While Robert has completed ten marathons and one Ironman, his highest runner’s high and his favorite finisher’s medal come at the GOTR 5K each year. Originally from England, Robert has lived on the San Francisco Peninsula for 20 years, since moving here for his MBA. With a family of girls who run, Robert was delighted to participate in a 2016 strategy project for Girls on the Run Bay Area, through Stanford GSB’s Alumni Consulting Team (ACT), and honored to join the Board in 2017.
Becky ran track and played other sports from 7th grade through high school and continues to enjoy local races and hiking. Becky credits participation in track and other team sports for building confidence and social skills, setting and meeting goals and developing a great group of friends. Becky is a partner at Winston & Strawn, LLP where she specializes in intellectual property and technology transactions and helps clients protect, buy and sell technology and brands. She received her JD from George Washington University and her BS in biology from Union College.
Cara is the Director of Operations at Wetherby Asset Management. She has over fifteen years of experience in the financial services industry. She received her MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and her BA from Stanford University. Cara has been a life-long runner, hiker, and skier and is now teaching the joy and importance of physical activity and an active lifestyle to her two young children. Cara is passionate about empowering girls and believes that physical activity can create life-long confidence and self-respect. She lives in San Mateo with her husband Sam and two young children.
Minji empowers leaders to excel in the workplace and in life. After working for Fortune 500 companies like Facebook, ebay and Walmart with executives and employees in leadership development, Minji is pursuing her inner calling to ignite leaders and working moms to achieve success, balance and thrive in all aspects of their busy careers and personal lives. She believes that physical fitness is the foundation to a healthy mind, body and spirit- she enjoys running marathons, SoulCycle and rock climbing. Minji lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.