Meet The

Girls Empowerment Network Staff



Development Manager

Chelsea Dean-Martinez


  • Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin

Experience: Chelsea served as a social work intern for the Girls Empowerment Network in the spring of 2015. During her time at Girls Empowerment Network she helped co-facilitate several groups in multiple schools around the Austin area. As well, she assisted in workshops, after school clubs, and was involved in community networking. Prior to her involvement at Girls Empowerment Network, Chelsea spent many volunteer hours at Project Transition’s Doug’s House – a hospice for those diagnosed with AIDS, Front Step’s the ARCH – Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, and Inside books – a nonprofit dedicated to sending books to Texas prison inmates. During her time at the University of Texas at Austin, Chelsea was heavily involved with the College Senate and served as her school council’s Vice President during her senior year. She recently graduated from UT with her Bachelor of Social Work in May of 2015. Chelsea is from Brenham, Texas where she grew up with Blue Bell ice cream and bluebonnets. In her spare time you can find her at Zilker Park with her dog, Max. Chelsea’s most important form of self care is quality time with her partner and closest friends.

What I love about Girls Empowerment Network: I love that Girls Empowerment Network fosters such positive relationships between young women, both in their services and in their office. Having strong female supports was so important in my adolescent years and I love being able to create spaces where young women can meet their peers and form meaningful, supportive relationships. Young women face unique pressures in today’s society and it is so important for them to have a safe space to discuss those issues and collectively explore positive ways to handle such conflict.