Marla Cole

Development Manager

Marla joins Girls Leadership with a passion for women’s empowerment and gender equity. Due to her experiences growing up as a first generation Filipino-American, Marla has learned the complexities of her own intersectional identities and the roles that they have played within her life.

She has seen the challenges that many young individuals face while in search of the self, and has seen both the negative and positive aspects young folks experience navigating gender and cultural expectations– especially girls and women– and grew a passion in ensuring that first-generation Americans, particularly first-generation young women have the same opportunities and resources that have helped shaped her life, and ability to make her own decisions and choices.

Marla aspires to ensure that young girls have the tools to feel empowered, and can bring their fullest, most authentic selves into adulthood through the skills that Girls Leadership teaches.