Nicole has worked to give a voice to those who have traditionally been marginalized, and in order to accomplish this, she draws from her experience as a first-generation Latina. She grew up in the small border town of Nogales, Arizona, where she volunteered with the Kino Border Initiative to create a just and humane migration programs between the US and Mexico. Inspired to continue helping, Nicole obtained a degree in International Affairs from Northern Arizona University, where she worked for the Institute for Human Development as a research assistant, creating and delivering literacy curricula to pre-school and elementary school children who are at-risk of reading and comprehension difficulties. Nicole received the Gabriela Mistral Award for her strong commitment to education and to promoting multicultural understanding. In continuing with her mission, Nicole is excited to form part of Girls Inc. She believes that education and girl empowerment is key to the future and is excited to bring her bilingual/bicultural background to Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest.
Contact Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org
Isabelle Craft, Eureka! Program Coordinator
Isabelle is a Pacific Northwest native who extensive experience working for non-profit organizations, with a specialty in youth programming and program development. She is knowledgeable in directing programs, child development training, women and youth mentorship, marketing, event management and advocacy, and brings a unique set of skills to the Eureka! program, and the youth and families that we serve. With a strong passion for youth-work, Isabelle is particularly interested in combatting intersectionality facing our communities, and specifically addressing how it impacts female representation in major STEM roles.
Combining her passion and expertise, Isabelle is keen to create spaces where youth can explore their individual paths towards success, and be a part of a more equitable future.
Contact Isabelle at email@example.com.
Grace Beckman, Program Coordinator
Grace has long prioritized equity and equality in all facets of her life. Since moving to Portland from Arizona three years ago, she has had the opportunity to work at Portland Community College in the Women’s Resource Center as a Student Advocate, as an LGBTQIA+ and Civil Rights Fellow for State Representative Karin Power, and has served on the Steering Committee for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon’s Leadership Advocacy Team. All of this work has allowed her to hone in on and implement meaningful, inter-sectional programming to benefit marginalized communities.
Grace is passionate about inter-sectional feminism, and the idea that in order to achieve true equality, we must make room for voices that look different from our own, and that are too often silenced. Her personal and professional experience has led her to a career in youth work. She believes that all youth have an innate power within them, and wants to provide them with the tools to harness this incredible power, so that they can be strong, smart, and bold. What excites Grace the most about this work is the chance to create safer spaces for youth to explore their curiosities, empower through empathy, and live as their truest selves. Youth work is a tremendous responsibility that Grace feels honored and eager to take on.
Contact Grace at firstname.lastname@example.org
Abigail Schmidt, Program Coordinator
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Abby developed a passion for youth programming at a young age. From her first day at Girl Scout camp, she knew that she wanted to be a camp counselor someday and help give other girls the same amazing experience she had. She spent her summers as a teenager and then as a young adult working at camps. The older she got, the more she realized the positive impact that girls only environment had on her growing up. The opportunities she had as a child to have positive female role models around her, to compete and lead and grow around other young girls her own age, became invaluable.
She graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in English Literature and with a renewed passion for serving girls, this time as a career. She’s worked at Bellingham Parks and Recreation, Girl Scouts of Western Washington, the YMCA and most recently Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington as a membership engagement specialist.
Demonstrated by a career dedicated to the young women growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Abby has a passion for delivering program for girls and giving them an education outside of the school day. She is incredibly excited to be helping Girls Inc. give them the invaluable experiences she had growing up.