Staff

The staff who work at camp are dynamic, engaging, skilled, compassionate, empathetic and deeply passionate about their work with youth.

Since our Berkeley site runs for 11 weeks, most staff work for half of the summer, changing to a new team after 5 weeks. Most of our PM program staff stay for the entire summer. Girls on the Go Oakland staff will work for the entire 2 week period. Youth leaders change throughout the summer, usually attending 1-4 weeks at a time. The Wednesday before each camp week, we e-mail all enrolled families a session letter that specifies the staff and youth leaders for the upcoming week.

Staff 2017


QUETZAL FRANCOIS

STAFF & YOUTH LEADERSHIP DIRECTOR
French (advanced speaker)
Hello! I am thrilled to be part of the incredible Monkey Business Camp team. A bit about me: I was raised between the gorgeous mountains of New Mexico and the diverse city life of Paris and love that I get to call the bay area my home today. I graduated from UC Berkeley where I enjoyed studying legal studies with an emphasis on social change, gender and immigration. I've spent the past 10 years working with youth in a multitude of contexts: summer camp counselor, teaching puberty and health ed in OUSD, guiding tweens in long term mentoring and rites of passage, facilitating workshops on consent, healthy relationships, and LGBTQ matters, and staffing at Spirit Rock teen retreat. Did I mention I love spending my time with kids and teens? Because I really do! The rest of the time I can be found hiking, trying out new acroyoga poses, dancing, reading, spending time with loved ones, or scheming my next travel plans.

MIRIAM KOPF



Hey There, My name is Miriam and I am so excited to be part of the Girls on the Go team this summer! I was raised in Southern California but grew up going to sleep away camp in the beautiful Napa Valley. Making so many Bay Area friends at camp, I was inspired to attend UC Santa Cruz for undergrad and make Berkeley my new home! With so much love for camp and summer I wanted to spend the whole year working with young people and having fun. I spend the non-summer months working with the wonderful people at Classroom Matters helping students achieve their highest goals in school through tutoring and after care. Otherwise I can be found dancing, working on arts and crafts, or cooking up some tasty gluten free snacks. Let the summer fun begin!

Miriam is an advanced Spanish speaker and beginner Hebrew speaker.

OLIVIA WALSH

Hi everyone! I’m Olivia and I’m super excited to be a part of Girls on the Go this summer! I’ve grown up in Oakland where I spend most of my time rowing on the estuary or up in the hills, hiking with my dog. I went to Monkey Business and Girls on the Go myself and have the fondest memories of traveling all around the Bay Area to try new things! I’ve worked as a camp counselor at the Oakland SPCA Animal Camp as well as a CIT for Monkey Business a few years ago and I am super pumped to return! I am graduating from Oakland Tech this year and attending UC Davis in the fall and majoring in Animal Biology.