About

Our Mission

Girls Rock Campaign Boston empowers girls, women, and youth and adults with marginalized gender identities to believe in themselves by providing a supportive community that fosters self-expression, confidence, and collaboration through musical education and performance.

What We Do

Girls Rock Campaign Boston (GRCB) is a volunteer-driven music and mentorship organization that offers year-round programming to girls, women, and youth and adults with marginalized gender identities in the Boston area.

We believe that in order to become leaders in a world that frequently minimizes the voices of girls and youth with marginalized gender identities, these youth need an enriching environment with positive mentors to encourage a healthy sense of self and confidence in their abilities. We are building a supportive community in Boston that uses hands-on music education and performance as a vehicle to encourage confidence and collaboration while fostering creativity and self-expression.

Each program is facilitated by female, trans and gender-nonconforming volunteers who guide youth as they form bands, learn how to play an instrument (guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, vocals, or electronic music), compose original songs and perform. There is no experience necessary to attend and we provide all instruments and equipment.

Girls Rock Campaign Boston is a 501(c)3 non profit, feminist organization. By making knowledge accessible and providing a safe space for youth and adults, GRCB is a key element in bringing about necessary social change in our community.

Who We Are

Volunteers

Girls Rock Campaign Boston is an volunteer-driven organization! None of this would be possible without the unbelievable talent, support, and efforts of the hundreds of volunteers who work year round to make our programs and operations possible! We would be nowhere without their support! Thank You!

Board of Directors

Mayté Antelo-Ovando

Mayté Antelo-Ovando she/her (Clerk, 2020-Present) was most recently the Director of Clinical Services at Heading Home, and has just launched her own MaytéPsychConsulting. Mayté holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in School Psychology, a Master’s of Science in Educational Psychology, and an Early Intervention Certificate from Northeastern University. She also holds a Master’s degree focused in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. 

“If it weren’t for GRCB and LRC I would not have taken some of the risks I have taken, like performing in a musical or being in a band, but what is most impactful is how being involved with GRCB has amplified my voice and helped me confidently speak out against unfair treatment… because you know what we do with the status quo…we change it.”

Dee ClarkDorothy “Dee” Clark she/her (Treasurer, 2020-Present) is the editor of Historic New England magazine and works as an adjunct faculty member at the Boston Architectural College. Dorothy serves on the Board of Directors for Jamaica Plain’s Loring Greenough House, chairing the Community Education Committee. Dorothy holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has worked for the Bay State Banner, the Boston Herald, and the Boston Globe. 

“Why am I involved with GRCB? I believe in helping to make it possible to share the ROCK!”

Chris Pienta

Chris Pienta they/them (Chair, 2019-Present) is the Vice President and owner of Northshore Numismatics and serves as an Administrative Team Member of the New Hampshire Teen Institute. Previous experience includes work with the Department of Children and Families in Dorchester as a Licensed Social Worker and a supervisor at an LGBT group home through The Home for Little Wanderers. A Boston native, Chris currently resides in Hyde Park, MA.

“Not only have I seen how the incredible programming builds up the strengths, talents, and confidence of its youth and adult participants, GRCB has helped me feel more confident in myself and who I am as a person. I’m committed to volunteering with GRCB so I can help youth and adults find and use their voices, be their true selves, take up space and rock!”

To connect with GRCB’s Board of Directors, email: board@girlsrockboston.org

Staff

Nora Allen-Wiles she/her (Co-Founder, Executive Director) volunteered as Administrative Director from 2010-2012, when she became the organization’s first full-time employee and Executive Director. As ED, she oversees activities related to programming, participant and volunteer coordination, fundraising and development, financial oversight, staff supervision and general operations of the organization. Nora leads the organization’s strategic plan, in collaboration with Board, staff, volunteers, partners, and constituents, as GRCB prepares for its next decade of impactful programming. Previously she worked as a summer camp coordinator with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Oregon; served as a mentor with Girls, Inc., and held other youth advocacy/outreach positions in the community. Originally from Somerville, MA, she currently resides in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood. Connect with Nora: nora@girlsrockboston.org

Charlotte Huffman

Charlotte Huffman she/her (Year-Round Program Director) has been volunteering with GRCB since 2011 and joined the Girls Rock Campaign Staff in 2017. As the Year-Round Program Director she oversees and develops GRCB’s after-school programing including Club GRCB and GRCB BEATS, Youth Activism Project, rotating workshops, and community partnerships. Before working with GRCB she taught visual arts in the Somerville Public Schools for six years, where she created an after-school music and performance program for girls. She received a Masters of Education from Lesley University in 2016 and a Bachelors of Fine Arts and Art Education from Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2009. Originally from Sedona, Arizona, she currently lives in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. Connect with Charlotte: charlotte.huffman@girlsrockboston.org

Megan Sutton she/her (Operations Coordinator) has worked with the organization as a volunteer for Girls Rock Campaign, Ladies Rock Camp, and in various other capacities since 2012. In 2017 she became a member of the year round staff and works to streamline and maintain the organization’s systems, databases and records. Additionally, she supports marketing, communications and outreach. Megan earned her BA in Art History from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Raised in Medfield, MA, she currently lives in Somerville. Connect with Megan: megan.sutton@girlsrockboston.org

Girls Rock Campaign Boston is a proud member of the:

The Girls Rock Camp Alliance is an international membership network of youth-centered arts and social justice organizations. We provide resources and space for community building to our membership in order to build a strong movement for collective liberation. Learn more at www.girlsrockcampalliance.org.