Development Manager (Grants)

The Development Manager (Grants) is responsible for growing and enhancing GirlForward’s revenue stream through prospect research, grant writing and grant reporting. This role reports to the Executive Director and includes work in strategy, grants management and administration. Job description and application instructions can be found here. All inquiries can be directed to

Executive Director

Dear friends and supporters of GirlForward,

As Blair Brettschneider recently shared, she will be stepping down from her role as Executive Director by the end of this fiscal year.. Blair has been a vibrant and visionary leader. She has driven the growth of GirlForward from a volunteer-run project with a budget of $2,000  when the organization was founded in 2011 to now 10 employees and a budget of $700,000. She has hired a talented and passionate team that manages successful programs in Chicago and Austin serving over 200 girls each year.  The Board of Directors at GirlForward is deeply grateful to Blair for the work she has done, the way she has grown the organization and the extraordinary impact her efforts have had on our girls, our mentors and our communities.

Blair will be with GirlForward through the search and the transition until her departure. Ashley Marine, our outstanding Director of Programs since GirlForward’s early days, will now take on the role of Deputy Director. We appreciate the dedication and enthusiasm of our talented team. We know they will work together to ensure a smooth and cohesive transition. We are excited for the next phase for GirlForward and remain committed to creating and enhancing opportunities for girls who have been displaced globally by conflict and persecution.

The search is ongoing for GirlForward’s next Executive Director. The Board of Directors has convened a hiring committee of Board members, community partners, and girls in order to ensure an inclusive process with the engagement of key stakeholders in our search.  We are committed to finding the best possible leader for our next chapter at GirlForward. We welcome your help in identifying candidates who can help GirlForward continue to thrive. Please click here for the job description and forward it on to any potential candidates.

With Gratitude,

The GirlForward Board of Directors