Our Board of Directors is made up of dedicated community members:

Caren Shiozaki, President

Caren is a business executive who has led technologies departments in Fortune 1000 financial services and media companies. A native of the California Bay Area, she has lived in Hong Kong, Phoenix, Dallas, and have now been in Santa Fe for 4 years.

“The number of women in C-suite roles does not proportionally reflect the ratio of women in the US population. In mentoring aspiring female executives, it is apparent that we can sometimes be self-inhibiting by habits and perceptions developed when we were girls and young women. Girls Inc. lays the foundation for girls to grow into confident, strong women who can take on any challenges in life.”

Elizabeth Rice, Vice President

“Having lived in SF for over 35 years, I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy all that SF has to offer in terms of business, the outdoors, myriad cultural opportunities, and community.  This is my home for life and I enjoy supporting various efforts within the community that strengthen our community.  I consider GISF to be one of those enterprises.”

Ivy Stern, Treasurer

Ivy earned her MBA in Finance when few women pursued that degree.  She put that degree to use for both Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, and even ran her family’s sheet metal business for five years.  Originally from New York, Ivy and her husband lived in London and Chicago, and raised two daughters.  Ivy is passionate about creating opportunities for girls to grow and thrive and become self-sufficient, productive, members of society.


Annette Kelley

Annette has been advising nonprofits about fundraising for over 30 years, working across the US and internationally.  She spent 20 years living in London England, working for one of the leading direct marketing groups as Client Services Director and Managing Director of a List and Data Services company. She also worked at nonprofits in the UK as Director of Development and CEO. Since moving to Santa Fe in 2008 she has consulted with and volunteered for a number of cultural and human services organizations.

“As an avowed feminist for decades, I am passionate about the programs delivered by Girls Inc that encourage girls to find their own voices and their own vision for who they want to be.”

 Julia Gay

Julia Gay originally is from Louisiana, but came to New Mexico for college, where she received a BA in Creative Writing. Wanting to be more involved in her community, she was hired as program facilitator in 2006 and has been involved with Girls Inc in some capacity ever since. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the low residency program Stonecoast in 2011. Julia has helped implement various programs at Girls Inc, but her favorites are She Votes!, Stick and Stones, and Economic Literacy.

“Girls Inc is a great space for girls to learn how to be themselves. Growing up, I was an awkward, nerdy kid who had hard time with bullying. In helping the girls learn how to express themselves with confidence, I also learned how to make my own voice stronger. Girls Inc is a safe space, and that is a precious resource.”