Notable Girls’ School Alumnae

Girls’ school graduates are exceptional and include ambassadors, U.S. Senators, world-class athletes, journalists, CEOs, GRAMMY Award-winning musicians, and Academy Award-winning actors. Here are just some of the incredible women who attended NCGS member schools:


Hilary L. Link, President of Allegheny College, The Winsor School (Boston, MA)


Tenley Albright, two-time Olympic medalist (silver and gold) and two-time World Champion figure skater, The Winsor School (Boston, MA)

Tracy Caulkins, three-time Olympic gold medalist and five-time World Champion swimmer, Harpeth Hall (Nashville, TN)

Amanda Cinalli, player in the Women’s Professional Soccer league, Laurel School (Shaker Heights, OH)

Elena Della Donna, WNBA basketball player and two-time WNBA Most Valuable Player (2015, 2019), Ursuline Academy of Wilmington (Wilmington, DE)

Charlotte Fox, trailblazing alpinist and Everest survivor who was the first American woman to climb three 8,000 meter peaks, St. Catherine’s School (Richmond, VA)

Lauren Gibbs, Olympic silver medalist bobsledder, Westridge School (Pasadena, CA)

Virginia Gilder, former competitive rower and Olympic silver medalist, The Chapin School (New York, NY)

Kate Grace, professional runner and Olympic track and field team member, Marlborough School (Los Angeles, CA)

Margaret Groos, Olympic marathon runner and two-time winner of the Pittsburgh Marathon, Harpeth Hall (Nashville, TN)

Casey Johnson, two-time Paralympic Games participant and bronze medal paralympian swimmer, Cornelia Connelly High School, (Anaheim, CA)

Joan Lamb Ullyot, a pioneer of women’s distance running, member of the U.S. team at the first International Women’s Marathon, and author of Women’s Running, Westridge School, (Pasadena, CA)

Carol Lavell, Olympic team bronze medalist in dressage and a two-time US Olympic Committee Female Athlete of the Year, Dana Hall School (Wellesley, MA)

Katie Ledecky, five-time Olympic gold medalist and 15-time World Champion swimmer, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (Bethesda, MD)

Abi Olajuwon, former WNBA basketball player, Marlborough School (Los Angeles, CA)

Kylie Sheehan, only female player selected for United State Polo Association’s Team USPA for 2013 and the inaugural US collegiate team, Garrison Forest School (Owing Mills, MD)

Brita Sigourney, two-time Olympian and bronze medal winner in freestyle skiing (halfpipe), Santa Catalina School (Monterey, CA)

Tara Vanderveer, Stanford University’s women’s basketball head coach and Olympic gold medalist head coach of the 1995-96 USA Basketball National Team, Buffalo Seminary (Buffalo, NY)

Abby Wambach, two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, and U.S. Women’s National Team soccer player, Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women (Rochester, NY)


Adena Friedman, Nasdaq CEO and President, Roland Park Country Day (Baltimore, MD)

Jody Gerson, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, Baldwin School (Bryn Mawr, PA)

Sallie L. Krawcheck, CEO and Co-Founder, Ellevest and former CEO, Smith Barney, Ashley Hall (Charleston, SC)

Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank (ECB) and former Director of the International Monetary Fund, Holton-Arms School (Bethesda, MD)

Marne Levine, COO of Instagram, Laurel School (Shaker Heights, OH)

Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Founders of the fashion label Rodarte, Alverno Heights Academy (Sierra Madre, CA)

Susan O’Day, EVP and CIO, Walt Disney Company, Miss Hall’s School (Pittsfield, MA)


Anne Archer, Academy Award-nominated actress, Marlborough School (Los Angeles, CA)

Anna Deavere Smith, actress, playwright, and founding director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at New York University, Western High School (Baltimore, MD)

Ava DuVernay, Academy Award-nominated director and screenwriter, Saint Joseph High School (Lakewood, CA)

Jane Fonda, two-time Academy Award-winning actress, recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award, and political activist, Emma Willard School (Troy, NY)

Amy Grant, GRAMMY and Dove Award-winning singer and songwriter, Harpeth Hall (Nashville, TN)

Margaret Hamilton, actress, Hathaway Brown School (Shaker Heights, OH)

Amy Holden Jones, screenwriter, producer, and director, Buffalo Seminary (Buffalo, NY)

Téa Leoni, actress and producer, Brearley School (New York, NY)

Lisa LoebGRAMMY award-winning singer-songwriter and actress, The Hockaday School (Dallas, TX)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, actress, comedian, producer, and recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Holton-Arms School (Bethesda, MD)

Gwyneth Paltrow, Academy Award-winning actress, Spence School (New York, NY)

Minnie Pearl, comedian, Harpeth Hall (Nashville, TN)

Melissa Villaseñor, actress and Saturday Night Live cast member, Ramona Convent Secondary School (Alhambra, CA)

Kerry Washington, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress, Spence School (New York, NY)

Sigourney Weaver, Golden Globe Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated actress, Chapin School (New York, NY)

Reese Witherspoon, Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning actress, Harpeth Hall (Nashville, TN)


Elizabeth Cady Stanton, leading figure of the early women’s rights movement, Emma Willard School [formerly Troy Female Seminary] (Troy, NY)

Marian de Forest, founder of Zonta International, Buffalo Seminary (Buffalo, NY)

Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, Baldwin School (Bryn Mawr, PA)

Melinda Gates, philanthropist, Ursuline Academy of Dallas (Dallas, TX)

Sister Donna Markham, first woman President & CEO of Catholic Charities USA in the organization’s over 100-year history, Regina Dominican (Wilmette, IL)

Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, UN Women advocate, Immaculate Heart High School (Los Angeles, CA)

Henrietta Szold, founder of Hadassah, Western High School (Baltimore, MD)


Jenny A. Durkan, 56th Mayor of Seattle and the first woman to lead the city in nearly a century, Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (Bellevue, WA)

Geraldine Ferraro, first woman to run for U.S. Vice President, Marymount School (New York, NY)

Karla Garcia, Trustee and Board Secretary of the Dallas Independent School District, Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School (Dallas, TX)

Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. House of Representatives-NY and U.S. Senator-NY, Emma Willard School (Troy, NY)

Marilyn P. Johnson, 8th U.S. Ambassador to Togo, The Woodward School (Quincy, MA)

Marcy Kaptur, U.S. House of Representatives-OH, St. Ursula Academy (Toledo, OH)

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Former U.S. First Lady, Chapin School (New York, NY) and Miss Porter’s School (Farmington, CT)

Mary Landrieu, U.S. Senator-LA, Ursuline Academy (New Orleans, LA)

Martha McSally, U.S. Senator-AZ; U.S. House of Representatives-AZ; and retired Colonel U.S. Air Force, St. Mary Academy—Bay View (Riverside, RI)

Shelley Moore Capito, U.S. Senator-WV, Holton-Arms School (Bethesda, MD)

Amata Radewagen, U.S. House of Representatives-American Samoa, Sacred Hearts Academy (Honolulu, HI)

Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake, 49th Mayor of Baltimore from 2010 to 2016, Western High School (Baltimore, MD)

Condoleezza Rice, 66th U.S. Secretary of State, St. Mary’s Academy (Englewood, CO)

Susan Rice, 24th U.S. National Security Advisor and 27th U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, National Cathedral School (Washington, DC)

Lucille Roybal-Allard, U.S. House of Representatives-CA, Ramona Convent Secondary School (Alhambra, CA)

Elissa Slotkin, U.S. House of Representatives-MI, Cranbrook Schools (Bloomfield Hills, MI)

Jackie Speier, U.S. House of Representatives-CA, Mercy High School (Burlingame, CA)

Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey, Chapin School (New York, NY)


Annie Dillard, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, The Ellis School (Pittsburgh, PA)

Christina Lamb, author and foreign correspondent, Nonsuch High School for Girls (Surrey, UK)

Cokie Roberts, NPR journalist, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (Bethesda, MD)

Maria Shriver, author, journalist, and former First Lady of California, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (Bethesda, MD)

Elizabeth Swados, Tony Award nominated writer, composer, musician, and theatre director, Buffalo Seminary (Buffalo, NY)

Meredith Vieira, journalist and talk show host known for The View and TODAY, Lincoln School (Providence, RI)


Carol Ross Barney, first woman to design a federal building when commissioned as architect for the Oklahoma City Federal Building, Regina Dominican (Wilmette, IL)

Dr. Nancy Grace Roman, first female executive at NASA and NASA’s first Chief Astronomer, Western High School (Baltimore, MD)