As CEO, Julayne Virgil leads Girls Inc. of Alameda County in pursuing its mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, through strategic investments in health, education, and leadership development for girls ages 5-18. In her role, she uses her vision and her voice to help Girls Inc. empower and inspire thousands of girls from under-served and under-resourced communities to navigate the gender, economic, and racial barriers they face so that they have an opportunity to realize their potential and thrive.
Julayne leverages her deep knowledge of Oakland and the Bay Area, her decades of experience working for the public good, and her vision to lead efforts to better define and align Girls Inc.’s business and program models, enhance critical infrastructure, and increase brand awareness to ensure that girls can continue to experience the agency’s transformational programming for generations to come.
Prior to Girls Inc., Julayne held a number of roles at Education Pioneers over a span of seven years, helping to scale the organization – quadrupling the number of cities where it had a presence and tripling the staff. Her roles included overseeing all programming as the Vice President of Leadership Development where she led a bold program redesign effort, and launching the Chicago office as the Founding Managing Director, Chicago where she oversaw the organization’s largest site launch and realized 115% growth over two years. Prior to Education Pioneers, she developed resources for school-based health centers in Chicago, and managed the design and development of education, health, and public safety social change campaigns for national non-profit and federal agency clients of The Ad Council in New York City. She also gained experience designing and facilitating a life skills course for girls in Brooklyn and collaborating on a women’s health capacity-building project in Bamako, Mali.
A staunch advocate for girls, women, education, health, and stronger communities, she has shared her expertise on KTVU, KQED, KBLX, the San Francisco Chronicle and the East Bay Express. In 2017, Julayne received the Nonprofit/Community Leader award from the East Bay Women in Business through the Oakland Chamber of Commerce.
Julayne graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California where she previously served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. She serves on the boards of Educate 78 and San Francisco University High School where she is also President of the Alumni Association. Julayne is an Oakland native who returned with her husband to raise their daughters in her beloved hometown.