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 in 2001, Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan serves Washtenaw, Livingston, Monroe, Lenawee and Jackson Counties. In our 16 years, we have provided Girls on the Run programming to over 16,000 girls. Thanks to community partners, sponsors and donors, we have always been able to provide families financial assistance toward our program fees so that every eligible girl can participate!

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


Danielle Plunkett

Executive Director

"Our programs give girls a safe place to be seen, known and celebrated just as they are. "

Lisa Gizzi

Program Director

"This organization humbles and inspires me daily not only by the girls whose lives we're changing, but by the countless women and men who volunteer their time to ensure that happens."

Kelley Kozloff

Operations Director

"Girls on the Run inspires and provides girls the tools to be joyful, healthy and confident. I am grateful to work for an organization with such widespread positive impact on our community!"

Rhonda Fields

Program and Development Manager

"The beauty of Girls on the Run is that it meets every girl where they are and encourages them to be their true, authentic and genuine self​!"

LaToya Elliott

Event Coordinator

Girls on the Run is about empowering young women to be the best version of themselves. I think that is one of the most important things we can teach girls. I'm proud to be a part of that!

We are hiring a part-time Community Engagement Coordinator! Position is seasonal, September - May. Applications will be accepted through Thursday, August 31st. See description for details and application information.

Community Engagement Coordinator Description
Our Board

William Holmes

Board Chair

American Airlines Captain

Jim Tish

Board Treasurer

Partner at Grant Thornton

Bruce Kintz

Board Member

President of Secure Harbor Financial

Katie Kreder

Board Member

Executive Hospital Representative, Merck Pharmaceutical Company

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 of Southeastern Michigan
5333 McAuley Drive, Suite 6012
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

(734) 712-5640