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.


Founded locally in 2007, Girls on the Run of Portland Metro, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and independent council of Girls on the Run International, which includes more than 200 councils in the U.S. and Canada. Since our start, we’ve partnered with than 50 elementary schools and served more than over 3,000 girls in Portland.

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


Helen Leiser

Executive Director

“I love that Girls on the Run is for the women in our community as much as for the girls we serve.”

McKenzie Miller

Program Director

“It's important for little girls to have strong bodies and minds and to become strong women who trust themselves and take chances.”

Marianne Walters

Program Coordinator

“Working with strong women who are focused on empowering young girls is empowering in itself.”

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

Intership Opportunities
Our Board

Jessica Anderson

Board Chair

Retail Brand Manager, Nike

Sarah Bradham

Vice Chair

Marketing and Communications Director, Mazamas

Lory Hefele

Board Secretary

Supply Chains Operations Manager, Intel (retired)

Kelly Barton

Board Treasurer

Senior Analyst, Northwest Natural

Mary E Briedé

Board Member


Chelsea Weber

Board Member

Grant Manager, NIKE Foundation

Julie Addicott

Board Member

Marketing and Communications, Taurus Capitol Management

Madeleine McHill

Board Member

Former Elementary Teacher

Mallory Miller

Board Member

Territory Manager, Intel Corporation

Dana DeMott Du Vivier

Board Member

Healthcare Education and Training

At the heart of Girls on the Run are amazing volunteers whose commitment and passion impact the lives of girls each year.

Board Opportunities

Girls on the Run Portland Metro
2337 NW York St
Suite 202-E
Portland, OR 97210

(503) 318-5212