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Girls Leading Girls
is changing the face of leadership.


Board & Staff

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Girls Leading Girls is governed by its Executive Director and Board of Directors, with input from our Junior Advisory Board and Parent Advisory Council.


Executive Director


Brianna Russell

Founding Director of Girls Leading Girls
Head Coach of San Francisco Sol FC

The founding director of Girls Leading Girls, Brianna has extensive experience working for nonprofits, both locally and internationally.

Before moving back to California, Brianna served two years in the US Peace Corps in Vanuatu, in the South Pacific. While in the Peace Corps, she started Vanuatu’s first women’s regional soccer team, comprised of girls and women age 15 to 22; the team played in four national tournaments, taking 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place.

Brianna is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, teaching International Development. She completed her master’s degree in International Studies at USF; prior to that, she earned her BS in Business at Sacramento State University, where she played collegiate soccer on the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer team.

Known as “Coach Bre” by many in Girls Leading Girls, Brianna has been coaching soccer since 2006, and she’s coached various levels and ages in San Francisco. She’s Head Coach of the Women's Varsity Soccer team and program at University High School in San Francisco.

Brianna currently holds a USSF Coaching “D” license and the NSCAA National Diploma. She is also an active member of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and still plays co-ed soccer.

Her goal is to inspire young women around the world to become confident, successful individuals.

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Board of Directors

Girls Leading Girls' board is comprised of a committed group of volunteers who come from all walks of life. They have extensive experience in a variety of professional arenas, hail from different parts of the world, and have wide-ranging educational backgrounds.

Nevertheless, they share something in common: a desire to assist in developing tomorrow's leaders – and a love of soccer!

Junior Advisory Board

As part of our mission to train girls to become leaders, we provide a practicum opportunity through our Junior Advisory Board of Directors program.

Every year, 10 to 15 girls from our program are selected by their peers to serve as our Junior Advisory Board, learning the ins and outs of a nonprofit organization while also helping us make important decisions about the direction of our programs.

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