Girls Inc. of the Island City (GIIC) is honored to welcome four new board members to the Board of Directors. Joining our wonderfully diverse and talented returning board members are four women who share our passion for empowering girls and teens.

Linda Felts, President of the Board of Directors said, "We are so grateful during these challenging times to welcome the new board members of GIIC. Combined, they bring the skills, energy, and enterprising spirit to uphold our mission: providing the girls and young women in Alameda the support to be strong, smart, and bold.” GIIC CEO, Christine Chilcott added, “I am excited to have such impressive women joining our board. During such an uncertain time in the world and our community, I take great comfort in knowing we have such a dynamic board in place to support the organization and our girls.”

The new members of the Board of Directors are:
Monica Haggarty - Monica is a healthcare strategy consultant with a history of volunteerism. She has served as a non-voting board member of Boyer Children's Clinic as part of University of Washington's Board Fellows program. Monica has expertise in event planning, data analysis, financial analysis, and project management through her work with several organizations. She recently moved to Alameda and is excited to give back to the community and especially Girls Inc. of the Island City.
Suzanne Harris - Suzanne is VP of Global Technology Infrastructure at JP Morgan Chase. She was first introduced to Girls Inc. of the Island City when she volunteered last fall at the Financial Literacy Workshop for our teens put on by JP Morgan Chase. Suzanne brings to the Board strong leadership experience and the ability to manage diverse teams, as well as fiscal expertise. She is eager to share her knowledge of project management, financial planning, and event planning.
Sarah Oddie - Sarah is a Policy Advisor in the Office of Wilma Chan, Alameda County Supervisor District 3. She is well-connected to the Alameda community, particularly with initiatives that support children, teens, and their families including Let’s Talk Alameda: Mental Health Matters Campaign, the Early Learning Community Network, and the annual youth career and job fair. She cites the Wellesley College Research Center’s motto, “A world that is good for women is good for everyone,” as central to her commitments and goals. Sarah has a long history with GIIC and is excited to be joining the Board.
Alexandra Parma - Alexandra is new to Alameda and is eager to engage in the community. Through her career in children’s policy and as a former volunteer in after-school programs, Alexandra is committed to ensuring children can thrive. A math major in undergrad, Alexandra is especially passionate about girls’ exploration of math and science and is inspired by GIIC’s work in that space. She also formerly volunteered at Planned Parenthood, working towards GIIC's vision of an equitable society and mission to empower girls. Alexandra has made lasting contributions to various organizations and will bring strong analytical and strategic thinking skills to her board service. 
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