Our staff

Ayanna decosta, program manager


After studies at University of Conneticut and teaching in Ghana and Spain, Ayanna served in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Moldova in international development as a health educator and a community development advisor. Over the years, she has helped to develop systems for impoved project design, management and assessment and promtoed the launch of the girl's empowerment movement. "Let Girls Girl" started by Michelle Obama. Ayanna's work over the years has developed projects to promote higher education, increase courage and inspire at risk children to live a healthier lifestyle. 

PHOTO: Ayanna (on assignment with the Peace Corps) on front page of Maldovan newspaper

Sophie Westfall, Creative Design (Social Media) Intern


Sophie is a Communication Design student at Parsons School of Design in New York City. She has a passion for painting and for learning new talents. She believes that everyone deserves to be who they are in this world and to have a fair chance in doing what they love.


LiveGirl Announces High School Fellowship Program

LiveGirl is thrilled to announce the appointment of three high school seniors to serve in fellowships during the 2017-18 school year: Amelia Wyckoff, Eliza Pohle, and Victoria Iparraguirre.

The LiveGirl Fellowship Program is designed to provide service leadership experience for extraordinary high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership potential and initiative while involved in LiveGirl throughout their high school years. Fellowship assignments include research, advocacy, and creative design responsibilities in support of LiveGirl’s leadership and girl empowerment programs. Executive mentors will encourage their ambition, empower their confidence, and prepare them for future leadership positions.

LiveGirl Fellow Bios:


Amelia Wyckoff is a senior at St. Luke's School in New Canaan. She loves to play piano, act, sing, and tap dance. Amelia has a keen interest in social justice and plans to pursue a related course of study in college. She served as a full-time LiveGirl intern this summer and is excited to continue her work as a LiveGirl fellow during her senior year




Eliza Pohle is a senior at New Canaan High School. She is a member of the soccer and basketball teams and has been involved in her church Youth Group since her freshman year. Eliza also has a love for the outdoors that took her on a month-long expedition in Washington State this summer. She is excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with LiveGirl, applying her talents of photography and research.


Victoria Iparraguirre is a senior at The Academy of Information Technology and Engineering in Stamford. She was born to perform and is a talented emerging fashion designer. Victoria enjoys empowering the young girls of the future, and is honored to be a part of the LiveGirl fellowship program.