The NWGC is run entirely by volunteers committed to providing support and resources to those in the girl-serving community. If you are interested in learning more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brandi Manuel - President
Brandi Manuel has the privilege of serving as the Northwest Girls Coalition President and Leadership Council Member. She volunteers with the Northwest Girls Coalition because she believes in the work local nonprofits are doing and that we should work together to improve our communities.
Brandi was raised in Seattle and holds a Master of Nonprofit Leadership degree from Seattle University. She works with a wonderful team at Seattle Children's, where she manages Diversity and Inclusion Programs for the Seattle Children's workforce. In 2008 she spent a year and a half in Southern Mexico exploring issues that impact women and girls. She will always hold a deep respect for Mexico's indigenous communities and the people who are leading for social change.
Yasmin Shah -Secretary
Yasmin Shah currently serves as Secretary of the Leadership Council of the Northwest Girls Coalition, where she's been a member since 2013. Yasmin came to the Coalition seeking a deeper engagement with an organization dedicated to educating and empowering girls and hopes to continue to offer support and resources to our local girl-serving community through providing opportunities for organizational collaborations and education. Yasmin currently work as an independent caregiver, but her passion and professional background is in the philanthropic sector. She's been privileged to work with foundations, giving circles, and generous individuals all over the world. She believes that philanthropy is a great tool for a positive social change and is passionate about organizations that understand that investment in women and girls is not only cost-effective but beneficial to society at large! Yasmin enjoys checking out local haunts in Ballard and volunteering with the Women's Funding Alliance, the United Way of King County, and Social Justice Fund NW in her free time.
Bonnie Bizzell - Treasurer
Growing up, Bonnie Bizzell was surrounded by strong and unique women. Her great grandmother was a Salvation Army missionary - and the first woman trumpeter in their band. Her maternal grandmother went to college when she was told her son would never read or write to earn a degree in special education and spent a lifetime in the classroom; she also could touch her nose to her knees well into her eighties and did so everywhere. And her mother blazed a trail beating a popular incumbent for Bellevue City Council seat - and then proceeded to legislate requirements for low-income housing with new residential units in the upscale Seattle suburb. Inspired and encouraged by these women, Bonnie has always been involved with her community, whether joining protests or sitting as a appointed member on the Tacoma Arts Commission. She has had a wide variety of professional experience: with a MBA and MEd, Bonnie bring over twelve years of operational experience, organizational development, public speaking, team building, and event planning to the table. She joined the NWGC because she wants to ensure that all girls have the opportunity to grow surrounded by inspirational and supportive female role models; Bonnie appreciates the NWGC's approach of working with a variety of organizations. Bonnie is also a passionate advocate for patient - and family-centered care, throwing glamorous dinner parties, and watching cartoons with her husband.
Daniella Ruth Lorincz Drade - Council Member
Daniella works in the World Family Center at Seattle World School and on contract for Seattle Parks & Recreation. Born in Romania and raised in Ohio, she grew up trying to merge two cultures. Venturing out west over ten years ago provided opportunities to try out more "unladylike" (as her family would describe them) positions, such as wild land firefighter and trial crew leader. She's grateful for her outdoor adventures and loves sharing them, especially with girls navigating their way through all the pressure of what is expected of them. Learn more about the trail running race she's running in Romania!
Riddhi Mukhopadhyay - Council Member
Riddihi is an attorney and activist for immigrant and women's rights. Born in India, she has previously lived in North Carolina, Texas and now call Seattle home. Since 2001, she has volunteered as an advocate for domestic and sexual violence survivors in India, Guatemala and here in the U.S.. She has organized and advocated with different immigrant communities, including domestic workers, detained individuals, and immigrants with developmental disabilities. Riddhi is a former public defender and was an attorney at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Currently at the Sexual Violence Legal Services-YWCA, Riddhi specialized in representing and assisting survivors and victims of sexual violence facing challenges in accessing justice based on mental illness, developmental disabilities,and immigration status. Riddhi also serves as the co-chair for Seattle's Immigrant and Refugee Commission and is on the board for the King County Coalition for Against Domestic Violence. Believing that young girls encouraged in their dreams will one day become the women who will change the world, Riddhi was inspired to join the NWGC Leadership Council to Support its girl-focused efforts.
Hayes Mott - Council Member
Hayes Mott is a Seattle based teacher at the Montessori School of Seattle. Hayes grew up in Magnolia. She received her BA from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York in 2011. She received further degrees with her Montessori Lead Teacher Certification in 2012. Hayes lived and taught in New York City while receiving a certificate of graphic design studies in 2014. After moving back to Seattle, Hayes began working with her family in property and school management. She continues exploring new actives near and distant. Hayes is inspired by the NWGC's mission and hopes to empower girls locally. She looks forward to opportunities with the coalition.
Laura Ross - Council Member
Laura currently works in The Boeing Company as a Strategy and Business Development consultant. In her role she supports all airplane programs, by incorporating a wide cross functional perspective in the development and execution of product strategies. Prior to joining the Strategy team at Boeing, she lived in England while pursuing her MBA from Cranfield School of Management, Shortly after finishing her MBA, she led two fun and very different consultancy projects in the motorsport and wine industry. in the UK and South Africa, respectively. Laura is passionate about empowering women and throughout her college and professional years she has mentor other younger women in the early stages of their careers. Laura also holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She enjoys playing soccer and beach volleyball, wine and traveling with her husband. She is originally from Columbia and fluent in Spanish.