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.


Girls on the Run NJ East is an independent council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across 50 states and the District of Columbia. Girls on the Run NJ East was established in 2000 to serve Essex and Union counties and has since grown to include Morris, Mercer and Burlington. Our council has served almost 9,000 girls in the past 6 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


Sydney Davis

Executive Director

“I am inspired every day by girls who surprise themselves with what they can accomplish when they put their heart and mind to the task AND by the countless volunteers who are the heartbeat of this awesome organization”

Anne Klein

Program Director

“I love that I have a hand in helping young girls feel confident and strong. Girls on the Run has taught me to “let my dork-light shine” (I learned that from Sydney!) and I love that I can encourage the girls to do the same.”

Lori Kapferer

Director of Community Relations

“Girls on the Run introduces and reinforces compassion for others and self, healthy living, connection, gratitude, and community service, giving girls tools to navigate life with courage and kindness. When you invest in a girl, you change the world!”

Gabrielle Rossi

County Director & Outreach Specialist

“Every single girl deserves to recognize her limitless potential; the finish line is just the catalyst.”

Camilla Nichols-Uhler

Essex County Director

“At GOTR, we put our Heart, Mind and Soul into the smallest acts. This is the secret of success and our girls carry this spirit with them forever.”

Kim Ciriaco


“There is no greater feeling than to see self growth at the end of a season by both the girls and the coaches! Girls on the Run is helping make the world a more positive place, one girl at a time. Girls on the Run is so much fun!!”

Melissa Neiheisel

Burlington County Director

“Teaching girls at a young age how to be healthy and confident are some things that are truly important to me. Providing them with the appropriate "starter tools" to live the happy and healthy life they envision for themselves is a phenomenal opportunity.”

Karen Ayres

Accounting Manager

“I am very fortunate to have had fantastic role models throughout my life - women who have loved and encouraged and challenged me to achieve more than I ever thought I could achieve. By being a part of Girls on the Run, I have the opportunity to pass along that love and encouragement to our GOTR girls.”

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

Current Opportunities
Our Board

Megan Grandinetti

Board President

Emily Soonthornchai

Board Member

Lindsay Dischley

Board Member

Carly Slutzky

Board Member

Michelle Gasiorowski

Board Member

Rebecca Rinaldi

Board Member

Emily King

Board Member

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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 New Jersey East
P.O. Box 896
Millburn, NJ 07041

(973) 951-4266