Girls Inc. of Metro Denver Announces Kayla Garcia as New President and CEO.

Garcia a will lead the $3.2 million dollar organization that serves nearly 2,000 girls annually with a mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. In July 2022, past President and CEO, Sonya Ulibarri announced her departure after 11 years of leading the organization.

Garcia brings more than ten years of experience in the nonprofit, business and philanthropic community. Garcia comes most recently from Molson Coors where she led Community Affairs. Prior, she was in a leadership position at Mile High United Way. Garcia will make her to return to the nonprofit sector to lead the 40-year-old organization.

Garcia, a Colorado native, was selected through a national executive search led by a committee of dedicated board members and Girls Inc. staff.  The Board of Directors could not be more excited to welcome Kayla Garcia as our next President and CEO. Since 1983, Girls Inc. of Metro Denver has been inspiring girls and young women to be strong, smart and bold, and we believe Kayla’s extensive fundraising, leadership and community engagement experience will be a true asset to Girls Inc. of Metro Denver as we enter our next chapter of service to the community.

As shared by Kayla, “It is of the utmost honor to serve as the next President and CEO of Girls Inc. Metro Denver. As a longtime supporter of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver I am deeply passionate about the success of our girls and will work to remove barriers impacting girls to advance gender equity.”

Garcia will assume the role on October 31, 2022.

We Stand for Reproductive Rights & Bodily Autonomy

Girls Inc. of Metro Denver’s vision is a world in which every girl values her whole self, discovers her inner strengths, and achieves her goals. Advocating for policies and practices that advance the rights and opportunities for girls to take charge of their health and lead healthy lives is core to our mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. It is because of this vision and mission that we boldly support and advocate for a woman’s right to choose what is best for her future. This includes decisions regarding her body, wellness, and access to holistic healthcare.

The Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision leaves us saddened but not surprised. The reality is that the bodies of women, and in particular women of color, in the United States have been unjustly regulated for decades. Policies and practices, such as forced sterilization to lack of access to affordable birth control and comprehensive sex education programs to legislation like the Hyde Amendment, disproportionately harm marginalized and underserved communities, including the youth that we serve and their families.

We make this statement to restate Girls Inc.’s long held belief in reproductive autonomy and self-determination for women, girls, and all birthing people. We know that barriers to abortion access are barriers to critical health care services. This goes beyond a social issue; this is a human right. It is the actualization of systemic oppression against all women, with the largest burden carried by women of color, women existing in poverty, disabled women, and queer people.

For 40 years we have worked to advance opportunities, eliminate barriers, and reform systems that impede the success of girls and young women. We are grateful that access to abortion services is protected in Colorado, and we are painfully aware of the ripple effects that restrictive legislation can have. Girls Inc. of Metro Denver will continue to inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold and we will lead by example as we fight for the rights of our participants to make decisions in their own best interest. Para leer este mensaje en espanol, clic aquí.

Did you know…

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For $21 a month, you can provide 15 girls with academic tutoring and literacy programming?

For $42 a month, you can provide a girl with a paid internship in the STEM field?

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90¢ GOES TO SUPPORTING GIRLS’ DEVELOPMENT