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Ashlee Lawson

Chief Executive Officer

Hometown

Ann Arbor, MI (Go Blue!)  

Favorite Race

The Speed Project

When I’m not running:

I’m probably still thinking about running and all the the ways I can use running to do the things I love: connecting good people and creating incredible experiences.

See also: listening to the latest Bardi bop.

Why RUNGRL

Representation matters. Black voices matter. Black women matter.

 

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Jasmine Nesi

Chief Operating Officer

Hometown

Greensboro, NC  

Favorite Race

Tar Heel 10 Miler

When I’m not running:

Sipping mimosas at your favorite brunch spot or supporting my sister circle.

Why RUNGRL

RUNGRL is the platform I wish I saw when I started running - an honest safe space to learn, grow, ask questions, be inspired and feel a sense of community in a sport where we're largely unexpected and underrepresented. By telling these stories, I look forward to changing the face of what your typical runner looks like and encouraging other Black women to confidently call themselves a runner, too.

 
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Dominique Burton

Chief Partnerships Officer

Hometown

Port Washington, NY  

Favorite Race

Navy-Air Force Half Marathon

When I’m not running:

You can find me on the football field snagging flags, in the pool teaching people how to swim, but most importantly trying to better the community I live in, and beyond as a criminal justice researcher. I enjoy traveling and meeting new people. My friends and family are life, so I’m always out and about trying to catch a good vibe, laugh and experience the most I can with the people I love.

Why RUNGRL

RUNGRL is a space to view Black women distance runners in all forms. The idea is that you will always be represented and will be able to relate to the stories being told, and have the resources available to be the best runner you can be.

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Stephani Franklin

Chief Brand Officer

Hometown

Detroit, MI  

Favorite Race

New York City Marathon

When I’m not running:

I’m digging for music, behind a computer screen or the muse for someone’s non-vegetarian-friendly joke; all while thinking about the calories I’m not burning while not running.

Why RUNGRL

RUNGRL is a space Black women never knew they wanted but is everything they need to push and commit to investing in and becoming their best selves.

 
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Na’Tasha Jones

Chief Content Officer

Hometown

Richmond, VA  

Favorite Race

Cherry Blossom 10-Miler (D.C.) 

When I’m not running:

I’m writing, traveling or making delicious meals out of whatever is currently in my fridge.

Why RUNGRL

You only need two things to be a runner: a pair of sneakers and a commitment. RUNGRL is here to help you with everything else--information, inspiration and celebration of the Black woman distance runner.

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Natalie Robinson

Chief Sponsorship Officer

Hometown

Burtonsville, MD  

Favorite Race

Miami Half Marathon

When I’m not running:

By day, I work as Project Manager for a tech company. I enjoy traveling when I can, Netflixin (no chill), hitting music festivals, visiting local markets in search of good coffee, good eats, and IG worthy art murals. I love a good laugh and spending time with family and friends.

Why RUNGRL

RUNGRL is me, RUNGRL is you. RUNGRL is here to share your stories, celebrate you and illustrate that running is a sport that is within reach for Black women.