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Our Founder & Team



"I believe that one of the most influential ways in making a greater impact within local communities is by knowing the difference between helping and serving." - Shirnetta J. Harrell

Shirnetta used her social work skills to create

resources to further expand the elimination of barriers and believes in the power of being connected to others in local communities.

Shirnetta J. Harrell

The Executive Director & Founder

Shirnetta J. Harrell is the Founder & Executive Director of The No Woman, No Girl Initiative. She is a native of Nashville, NC and a 2x HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) graduate. Shirnetta graduated from Shaw University where she served as Miss Shaw University 2012-2013 and received her Bachelor of Social Work degree. Shirnetta also joined the Beta Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. during her journey at Shaw University. She later graduated from Alabama A & M University where she completed the Advanced Standing Program. As a result, she obtained her Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Community Mental Health. 


Her nonprofit experience is rooted in her graduate assistantship where she interned at Harris Home for Children which is a nonprofit organization that provides full time foster care services and crisis support for neglected adolescents in Alabama. She later went on to widen her social work experience by working in residential treatment facilities, group homes, community mental health and school social work. 


The No Woman, No Girl Initiative was birthed out of the need to target minority women and girls who disproportionately fall marginalized to a lack of accessibility and affordability in what they need to survive. Shirnetta desires to open a building where staff can welcome women and girls to a safe space where they can be connected to case management support, have private shopping appointments available for essentials and a place to get hope. Shirnetta is not just concerned about the basic needs of women and girls but, also their relational and spiritual needs. 


At a very early age, Shirnetta knew that her compassion for women was rooted in watching her late grandmother give so radically to others in the community and her mother who is a cancer survivor and has never skipped a beat.


In her spare time, you can catch her at your nearby Homegoods, catching up with friends at brunch and participating in anything related to wellness. Shirnetta is also married to the love of her life for 6 years and they are often busy with their 2-year old son. 

Read more about Shirnetta's Community Involvement here!

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Board of Directors

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Erica Burger
HR Manager at DynPro, Inc



Trevor Osterhaus 
Associate Executive Director
at the Lucy Daniels Center

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Jessica Smith

Corporate Counsel



Dr. Mia Armstrong
Medical Writer/Editor, Pediatrician

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Antoinyce Mathis
Certified Public Accountant



Voloria Hooker
Software Engineer at IBM

Community Advisory Board

Maggie Kane, Founder & Executive Director of A Place At The Table

Dr. Terrance Ruth, Candidate for Raleigh Mayor & Lecturer at NCSU

April Sneed, Town of Rolesville Commissioner & Financial Planner

Sharon Moe, Vice-President of North State Bank, Downtown Raleigh

Judge Ashleigh Parker Dunston, Wake County 10th Judicial Court Judge

Kenneth Grissett, Director of Outreach for Vision Church RDU

Amanda Cheney, Board Chair of Band Together

Jessica Day, Mayor of Knightdale

Monika Johnson-Hostler, Executive Director of The North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA) and Wake County Board of Education, District 2

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