Molly Kelly

Project Manager in Cusco, Peru

Molly is from West Liberty, Iowa where she grew up playing many sports, including volleyball, basketball, soccer, softball and track. She played volleyball for the University of Iowa and graduated in 2019 with degrees in International Studies, Spanish, and Religious Studies. She is deeply passionate about GSW’s mission and our impact in Cusco’s community, and she can’t wait to have the opportunity to further our mission this year.

Shannon Kelly

Project Manager in Cusco, Peru

Alongside her sister Molly (her co-PM), Shannon grew up in West Liberty, Iowa, the state’s first Hispanic-majority town and played volleyball and basketball and ran track. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 2016 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. Before graduating, she played Women’s Club Volleyball and coached youth volleyball for a local club. Most recently, she ran the 2017 and 2018 Chicago Marathon. She is thrilled to join the GSW team and leverage education and athletics to empower girls and promote healthy living.

Carrie Golden


Carrie was a 2005-2006 GSW Project Manager and has served as Co-Director since 2014. Committed to public interest missions, Carrie currently helps develop international partnerships for the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has previously worked on social, political and economic development projects around the world. She has a J.D. and M.A. in international studies from the University of Denver and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. A runner and cyclist, these days most of Carrie’s time outdoors includes pushing or pulling (or chasing after) her one-year old son.

Sarah Smith

Co-Founder, Co-Director & Co-Board Chair

Sarah co-founded GSW in 2003 and continues to serve as Co-Director and Co-Chair of the Board. She is passionate about using sports and business to make positive change around the world. Sarah has lived and worked in Latin America, East & West Africa, South Asia, and South East Asia, and South Asia, and loves street food and exploring cites by foot. She has a BA and MBA from Yale University, lives in Ketchum, Idaho, and is the proud mom of two little boys, Robin and Walker.

Kelly Jacobs

Communications Director

After graduating from the University of Virginia, Kelly served as a Project Manager for GSW in 2012. After her time in Cusco, Kelly used her passion for understanding human behavior to pursue a career in technology as a User Experience designer. Kelly is based in New York City and leads all aspects of digital communications for GSW.



Inspired by the importance of sports in their own lives, Yale College seniors and Track and Field teammates Rebecca Rauth and Sarah Smith created GirlSportWorks in 2003. Through the support of partner organizations, the Board of Directors, and Project Managers, GSW has developed a sector-leading curriculum and program that respond to the local needs in Cusco and infuse globally recognized best practices.

Building on the enthusiasm and commitment of outstanding Project Managers, GirlSportWorks has continued to provide high-quality life skills instruction to thousands of students through partner schools in the Cusco region. GSW’s alumni Project Managers remain committed partners to the program and have gone on to fruitful careers in international development, medicine, education, and social work.



Thank you to our generous supporters for donating time, funds, ideas, and enthusiasm to GirlSportWorks.

Evan Madow

Anastasia Thomas, J.D.

Fanny & Svante Knistrom Foundation