Dr. Denise Dunning

Executive Director,
Adolescent Girls’ Advocacy & Leadership Initiative

Dr. Denise Raquel Dunning is the visionary founder of Let Girls Lead, a global campaign that amplifies the power of girls to create their own solutions, tell their own stories and lead social change around the world. Dunning is the executive director of the Adolescent Girls Advocacy & Leadership Initiative (AGALI), an international movement improving girls’ lives through girl-centered advocacy. AGALI’s impacts include the passage of national laws and implementation of programs that protect girls from violence, increase their access to education, health services and economic opportunities and empower young women to develop their own solutions to the obstacles they face. Dunning is also the executive producer of ¡PODER!, a documentary highlighting the power of investing in girls.

Based at the Public Health Institute, Dunning is a professor for the University of California, San Francisco Masters of Science in Global Health Program and a thought leader in the field of global health and development. She has a doctorate degree from the University of California Berkeley, a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Duke University.

Previously, Dunning worked at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and served as a Fulbright Scholar in Honduras, working with the United Nations Development Program. She is a native Spanish speaker and also speaks French, Portuguese and German.