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Our Team

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

GLENNON DOYLE is the author of #1 New York Times bestsellers UNTAMED (a Reese’s Book Club selection) and LOVE WARRIOR (an Oprah’s Book Club selection), as well as the New York Times bestseller CARRY ON, WARRIOR. Glennon is an activist, speaker, and thought leader who believes that the journey of the Love Warrior is to rush toward our pain and allow our pain to become our power. Glennon founded Together Rising as an expression of her belief that the surest way to lift a family or community is to lift one woman at a time — that when a woman rises, she brings her people up with her. Glennon serves as President and a member of the Together Rising Board of Directors, with overall strategic and operational responsibility for the organization’s program and vision, as well as execution and expansion of its mission. A Virginia native, Glennon lives in California with her wife and three children.


ABBY WAMBACH is a member of the Together Rising Board of Directors. Abby is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup Champion. She is an activist for equality and inclusion, and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller WOLFPACK as well as the New York Times bestseller Forward: A Memoir. Abby is co-founder of Wolfpack Endeavor, a training program that is revolutionizing leadership development for women in the workplace and beyond. Abby lives in California with her wife and three children.


LIZ BOOK is the Chief Outreach Officer, Corporate Secretary, and a member of the Together Rising Board of Directors. In these roles, Liz is responsible for leading Together Rising’s volunteer team, coordinating grants and daily giving, and handling corporate compliance requirements. Liz is a practicing attorney and resides in Falls Church, Virginia with her husband and three children.


AMANDA DOYLE is Vice President, General Counsel and a member of the Together Rising Board of Directors. In these roles, Amanda is responsible for overseeing and advising on legal matters, including risk management, policy development and programmatic affairs; and cultivating new initiatives and relationships to strengthen the organization’s impact and overall fundraising capacity.  A former attorney at the law firm of Hogan Lovells and Legal Fellow with International Justice Mission, Amanda is now Glennon Doyle’s business manager. Amanda lives in Virginia with her husband and two children.


ALLISON SCHOTT is the Treasurer, Chief Artistic Officer, and a member of the Together Rising Board of Directors. In these roles, she is responsible for keeping full and accurate accounts of receipts, donations, and disbursements, distributing funds as ordered by the Board of Directors, and developing creative concepts that help meet Together Rising’s objectives and advance its strategy. Allison is a key member of Glennon Doyle’s creative and editorial team and lives in Alexandria, Virginia.


STAFF

KATHERINE WELCH joined the Together Rising staff in 2018. As Diligence Team Lead, Katherine leads a team of staff and volunteers who, collectively, are responsible for assuring Together Rising is being a responsible steward of the funds with which we have been entrusted by our donors. The Diligence Team reviews all applications, researches crises, identifies potential partners already doing good work in the crises, completes detailed diligence reports on every potential grant recipient, assists in the execution of grants, and assists in working with partner organizations. Katherine is a former research genetic counselor and forever science geek, a mom to three active boys, a photography hobbyist, Cubs fan, book lover (particularly middle grade novels), and a chatty introvert possessing mad Google skills. She lives in Vienna, Virginia with her husband, boys, rescue dog Wrigley, and backyard hens.


GLORIA GOERES joined the Together Rising staff in 2019. As Senior Program and Operations Manager, Gloria is responsible for organizing things behind the scenes, including program administration, partner management, financial oversight, and donor support. Gloria lives in Virginia with her family and is an avid Gamecock fan.


GRACE AKIN joined the Together Rising staff in 2020. As Communications Associate, Grace is responsible for managing Together Rising’s communications and creative initiatives, including storytelling, public relations, and community management. Prior to her current role, Grace worked at LIFT and for the No Kid Hungry campaign. She is from Maryville, Illinois and lives in Seattle, Washington.


SAMI NARAYANAN joined the Together Rising staff in 2021. As Diligence Associate and Board Deputy, Sami supports the Diligence Team Lead with research for applications and rapid response crisis events, follows domestic and global crises to which Together Rising will respond, and supports the Board as they move Together Rising’s mission forward. Sami has a PhD in biochemistry with a focus on immunology and uses an evidence and data-driven approach to her research work for Together Rising. Sami lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, 5-year-old daughter, parents, and dog named Cricket. She doesn’t mind the rain THAT much.


NATALIE BRINKMAN joined the Together Rising staff in 2021. As Diligence Associate, Natalie contributes to the Diligence Team with research for applications and rapid response crisis events. She also follows domestic and international crises to which Together Rising will respond. Natalie was drawn to this work after having her twins. Feeling the challenges that new motherhood and raising a family presented, she knew her mission was to become part of a collective of women who help each other navigate the world. Natalie has a degree in Politics and is grateful to be part of a team whose mission it is to turn heartbreak into effective action. Natalie lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and now ten-year-old twins.