Grace Marie Louis
New York City
Grace Louis works every day to live out her irrational optimism that the world can be a better place. A passionate and compassionate social sector leader, she lives by the mantra “Do good. Have fun.” She is mission-driven and results-focused, and loves nothing more than knowing that her work improves the lives of women and children around the world.
Grace recently graduated from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University with a Master of Public Administration degree and received the Robert Berne Award for Leadership. While at NYU Wagner, Grace co-founded Latch, an initiative that leverages local establishments to help urban moms find sanitary places to breastfeed around New York City. Latch was the winner of the Fels Institute for Government National Invitational Policy Challenge in 2014, where it competed against ventures from 10 of the country's top public policy schools.
Previously, Grace was the Senior Manager of Corporate Relations and Events at Dress for Success Worldwide, where she worked with some of the world’s largest and most recognized companies to coordinate their support of the Dress for Success mission throughout the world. From 2008 through 2011, she was the Events and Communications Manager at a Bay Area affiliate of Girls Incorporated. There, Grace inspired participation in the Girls Inc. community by creating dialogue online and hosting opportunities for donors to be engaged with the organization’s programs and the girls they served.
Grace attended the Kogod School of Business at the American University and graduated in 2005. She is co-secretary of the board of the Women's City Club of New York, a multi-issue advocacy organization devoted shaping policies that improve the lives of all New Yorkers. Grace has also served on the Advisory Board for the San Francisco chapter of YNPN – Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. In addition, Grace has held regional leadership positions with the StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellowship and the American University Alumni Association.