Girls on the Run is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.


Girls on the Run of Atlanta was founded in 2000 and began with three teams and 30 girls. Today, we have more than 3,000 participants a year across four counties of metro Atlanta and have served 20,000 girls in the last 16 years!

Girls on the Run International was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina by Molly Barker. What started with thirteen girls in one school has grown to over 200 councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. With the help of almost 100,000 volunteers, Girls on the Run served nearly 180,000 girls in 2015, including our millionth girl! Girls on the Run continues to grow and currently hosts more than 350 end-of-season 5K events across the United States, making the Girls on the Run 5K series the largest in the country. Girls on the Run has also expanded to include middle school girls through Heart & Sole, a program dedicated to the unique needs of adolescent girls.

core values

Recognize our POWER and RESPONSIBILITY to be INTENTIONAL in our decision making


Express JOY, OPTIMISM AND GRATITUDE through our words, thoughts
and actions


NURTURE our physical, emotional and spiritual HEALTH

STAND UP for ourselves and others

our people


Lea Rolfes

Executive Director

“Each day, I’m amazed by our girls who fearlessly let their individual stars shine, our volunteers who dedicate their time to further our mission, and our team who makes the magic happen down to the tiniest detail. I believe in the transformative power of our work; all girls deserve to realize their potential with an attitude of “I CAN.”

Stuart E. Dougherty

Community Outreach Director

“I love to see the smiles on the faces of the girls when they cross the finish line at the 5k. It’s amazing to witness first-hand the transformation in the girls as they work all season with their teams to complete their goals.”

Tanya Frazee

Development Manager

“I love showing gratitude to our amazing donors and supporters! It's a joy to get to interact with incredibly generous people every day.”

Jena Gress

Program Manager

“My favorite part about Girls on the Run is race day! You can feel the energy and excitement as the girls get ready to run, possibly their first race. I love being there as they accomplish their goal of running a 5k!”

Evelina Pierce

Program Manager

“I love being able to witness the ways in which girls exude joy, determination and pride as they near the finish line on race day.”

Jane Russell

Finance and Data Manager

“I am truly grateful to work at an organization which focuses on improving the lives of girls everywhere, regardless of economics or ethnicity. The program offered by Girls on the Run fills me with hope for future generations of girls who will grow up to be happy, confident and inspiring women.”

We're always considering passionate individuals to join our team and help us inspire more girls in the Atlanta area.

Current Opportunities
Our Board of Directors

Nicole Franks

Board Chair

Emory Healthcare

Ann Jones

Board Chair-Elect

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Yvonne Williams-Wass

Board Treasurer

Eversheds Sutherland

Allison Stiles

Board Secretary

Community Volunteer

Janice C. Akins

Board Member

FitMetrix, LLC

Hany Atallah

Board Member

Grady Health System

Brandon Bloodworth

Board Member


Toni Carey

Board Member

Black Girls Run!

Lynn Castle

Board Member

Normandy Capital LLC

Kristin Chapman

Board Member

The Riverbend Group

Angela Fusaro, MD

Board Member

Physician 360

Jill Johnson

Board Member

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

Clare Koller

Board Member

The Coca-Cola Company

Carrie Magee

Board Member

hrQ Inc.

Pamela Tolliver

Board Member


Andy Waters

Board Member

Acuity Brands

Our Board of Directors

Jamese Beauford

Advisory Board Member

Country Financial

Stacey Chapman

Advisory Board Member

Pieper O'Brien Herr Architects

Mary Ford

Advisory Board Member

Dell SecureWorks

Cecilie Goodman

Advisory Board Member

Bank of America

Anne Harper PhD

Advisory Board Member

Harper Consulting

Anna Hunter, Founder

Advisory Board Member

Girls on the Run Atlanta Council

Lisa Lockman

Advisory Board Member

Habitat for Humanity International

Dana Mast

Advisory Board Member

ICF International

Nancy Nunn

Advisory Board Member

Prime Technological Services

Shannon Sale

Advisory Board Member

Grady Health System

Jeannie Tarkenton

Advisory Board Member


Stephen Yarborough

Advisory Board Member


Dr. Stephanie Walsh

Advisory Board Member

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Interested in joining our board of directors or applying for one of our committees? Leadership volunteering is an incredible opportunity for volunteers with special skills who have an interest beyond coaching or a valuable network to contribute to the governance, operations and fundraising work of our organization. Options include board of directors, committee volunteer and pro bono/skills-based volunteer. (Application and selection process required.)

Board and Committee Opportunities

Girls on the Run of Atlanta
1904 Monroe Drive
Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30324

(404) 478-6558