As a young girl, Claudia grew up in an environment without much inspiration or empowerment. Luckily, as an adult, she discovered her strength and voice, which inspired her to create a program where young girls would have access to fun, motivational and empowering activities so they could learn to identify themselves as valuable, beautiful and powerful. And so, 4GIRLS was born. Claudia lives in Long Beach with her husband and two children. She graduated from CSULB with a bachelor degree in International Business. Since 2009, Claudia has been a docent at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Maria immigrated to the United States as a small girl and has called Southern California home ever since. Growing up as an only child in an environment that was not always inspiring and empowering, she was immediately drawn to the concept behind 4GIRLS. Today, she is a mother, wife, high-tech professional and volunteer who is actively involved in her community. Although her work with the 4GIRLS Organization is focused on girls, as a mother of a boy, she understands full well the importance of also inspiring and empowering the future men of our society.
Rosemary, is a native of Long Beach and lives there with her husband and two children. For years she has volunteered in her children’s schools, scouting groups, and sports activities. It is this exposure that has made her aware of the diversity of needs and backgrounds of children. After attending the Women’s Conference for many years she became inspired to make a difference in young girls’ lives. It is her desire that 4GIRLS will expose young girls to new experiences that reinforce a positive belief in themselves, empower them to be successful in their lives, and inspire them to be leaders in their community. These are the same hopes she has for her own children and is excited to support young girls in this manner.
Kerith grew up lacking external inspiration or empowerment. College was a transformational experience where she discovered her voice and has been empowering others to change their own futures. Kerith has worked in many social justice causes, currently at the Wage Justice Center, empowering workers to recover wages lost due to wage theft. Kerith lives in Santa Ana with her husband. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in History and from Wharton with an MBA.