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.


GOTR-DC was founded in 2006 and began with one team of 13 girls at a private school in Washington, DC's Ward 3 thanks to the efforts of Carol Lynn Bamford, who immediately saw the potential of this life-changing program for girls in her home city. Today, GOTR-DC serves almost 2,100 girls a year across all eight wards of the city at over 145 locations. 12,000 girls served in the last 10 years!

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


Kristen Komlosy

Executive Director

“"When I hear a girl say 'I wanted to stop but I never did. I can’t believe I finished' . . . that brings a tear to my eye because I know that girl's self confidence has just soared."”

Kelly Makimaa

Development Manager

“"Every time I see another girl gaining confidence and smiling because of it, I know we're doing great things."”

Devoria Armstead

Program Director

“"The sense of accomplishment and smiles on the girls' faces, as they cross the 5K Finish Line, is priceless!"”

Grace Kiyonaga

Program & Outreach Coordinator

“"I instantly connected with GOTR's commitment to inspire girls to embrace their differences, lead with joyful minds and open hearts, and nurture their physical and emotional health. I'm honored to be a part of this transformative experience for DC girls!"”

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

Career Opportunities

Amanda Marr

Board Chair


Louisa Tavakoli

Vice Chair


Elyse Braner


Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.

Andrew Trueblood


Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

Stephanie Bennett

Board Member

Northern Trust

Wendy Gualtieri

Board Member

Sepp6 Consulting

Melissa Kilby

Board Member

Girl Up

Jennifer Levy

Board Member

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Lisa McCurdy

Board Member

The Wealth Counselor LLC

Princess Mhoon

Board Member

Princess Mhoon Dance Institute

Kristina Park

Board Member

Optimity Advisors

Jay Ryan

Board Member

Baker Botts LLP

Rachel Tappis

Board Member

Advisory Board

Advisory Circle

Carol Lynn Bamford

Ed Fisher

Sally Sloan

Enu Mainigi

Florence Lehr

Minturn Wright

Merilyn Francis

Ashley Leonard

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 - DC
1211 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 304
Washington, DC 20036

(202) 607-2288