Day of the Girl-US is an 100% youth-led movement, which means that sometimes members of our Action Team grow up and pass the torch onto to younger activists to lead the way. Below are the activists who have graduated from our Action Team and are dong other incredible work now.
Joanne Conelley is a 24 year old from the Washington, DC area. She was involved in the earliest days back in 2010, and worked to secure endorsements from organizations and met with White House and State Department officials to push for the establishment of Oct 11 as the National Day of the Girl! You might find some blogs and issue briefs written by her still floating around. More recently, she earned a Masters degree from American University in Justice, Law, and Criminology, and is currently Chairperson of the Board for the global girls’ education non-profit School Girls Unite.
Giulia Duch Clerici is 19 years old. She is from Barcelona, Spain but moved to Washington, DC in high school where she became involved with the Day of the Girl-US as it was just coming to life in 2010. Currently a sophomore at Tulane University, she is interested in the economics of gender inequality, as well as in welfare politics and migration. She pretends to be a grown up doing research, serving on her university's student government and other real world jobs but she is her best among children because she is secretly a 4 year old.
Julia Fine is 20 years old from Maryland. She became involved in Day of the Girl her sophomore year of high school, and was the Youth Action Coordinator and Action Team chair for one year. She currently studies at Harvard University, where she works for the campus radio station and is a fellow for the Triumph Project, a development program that works in Guatemala. In addition to gender and social justice issues, she is very passionate about environmentalism, literature, and music. In her free time, she can be found reading a new book or watching bad crime shows on Netflix.
Emily Kuttner was part of the Action Team from 2012 to 2015. During this time she was involved in the development of the first Action Team and the 2014 Rally Project. Currently she attends Northwestern University where she is majoring in International Studies and Political Science, minoring in Spanish, and working on a Civic Engagement certificate. The leadership skills, relationships she built with crazy-smart girls, and passion for social justice that she acquired on the Action Team continue to be very important in her life.
Anika Manzoor is 24 years old, hailing from the DC metro area. She has a BA from Grinnell College in Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies and is pursuing a career in the public policy field. With Joanne Conelley, she led the US campaign for establishing a UN commemorative Day of the Girl, contributing to its successful passage. She was a founding member of the Action Team and remained involved until the end of 2013 before leaving for a Fulbright grant to teach English in Malaysia. Anika loves travel, reading, mindlessly consuming pop culture, and meeting interesting people.
Rocío Ortega is currently 22 years old. She is from East Los Angeles, CA and a student at Wellesley College. She's double majoring in Political Science and Latin American Studies. Rocío has been involved with Day of the Girl in various ways and also works with Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation that also champions for International Day of the Girl. Her other passions include racial equality, access to higher education and immigration rights. In her free time she loves to read, play basketball, and travel as much as she can.
Khristina Rhead is an alumni of member of Day of the Girl. Currently she works in Baltimore City at an overdose prevention program, and she spends her time volunteering for the Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition. Lately she's also been spending time applying to graduate school. Khristina is passionate about working with people who use drugs, harm reduction, and overdose prevention. When she's not working she likes to listen to podcasts, exercise, and spend time with friends.