“My Girls Inc. mentors took the time to listen and reminded me how far I had come.”
Meet Bopha Malone, an Alumna of Girls Inc. of Lynn and newly appointed Interim Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell, who shares how Girls Inc. changed her life for the better by helping her find inner confidence, strength, and happiness that she now shares back.
Girls Inc. is thrilled to highlight one of our amazing and dedicated alumna, Bopha Malone. She has made a life-long commitment to helping others and pledging herself to the missions of nonprofit work. Bopha transitioned from her prominent Vice President role at Enterprise Bank to take on the position of Interim Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell (GIGL). While the Board of Directors conducts a nationwide search for a permanent leader, Bopha has stepped up to the plate to guide Girls Inc. through daily operations and long-term, post-Covid challenges.
Bopha immigrated to the United States as a Cambodian refugee at the young age of eight, joining Girls Inc. of Lynn at age 15. She was a mentor, peer leader, and educator for her fellow youth on topics of racism, homophobia, and the dangers of tobacco use and gun violence, among other issues. Bopha’s lifelong passion of seeking opportunities to give back and help others in her community continued throughout her career. As Vice President at Enterprise, she consistently embodied their core value of community and also worked with several nonprofit organizations. She is a trustee of Middlesex Community College, Tufts Medicine (Lowell General Hospital), International Institute of New England, Women Working Wonders and is a member of the Bedford, MA Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce.
Patricia Driscoll, Chief Operating Officer of Girls Inc. National shared, “I have witnessed Bopha’s evolution from a girl balancing traditional cultural norms with her new life to an impassioned professional supporting her community, running for Congress, and now leading Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell. Bopha embodies strong, smart, and bold, and her combined life and Girls Inc. experiences will be a tremendous asset in the development of the new generation of girl leaders. I am honored to be working alongside her.”
“Girls Inc. played a tremendous role in my life growing up and was instrumental in helping me become the woman I am today,” said Bopha. “I am grateful to Enterprise Bank for supporting my involvement with nonprofits over the 16 years I’ve been with them and am honored by the opportunity to inspire the next generation of girls to be strong, smart, and bold as interim executive director for Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell.”
Take the journey back in time with us and watch Bopha inspiring luncheon speech from 2015 here.