EmpowHER is the brainchild of the BA Women’s Alliance: a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that champions women who seek to make a difference in the world. We know that a small amount of support can make all the difference in someone’s life; so we aim to enrich the lives of women, so that they, in turn, can make all the difference in the world.

We founded the BA Women’s Alliance to honor B.A. Rudolph, a remarkable woman who set her goddaughters with the task of helping other women, and whose ideals we emulate.

B.A. Rudolph

B.A. Rudolph, our namesake, was an inspiration and driving force for women in many ways, even outside of her professional accomplishments. She was a remarkable woman full of energy, humor, and an indomitable will to make things happen. She was compassionate, bossy, irreverent, generous, and loyal. She loved margaritas almost as much as she loved stirring up “the good kind” of trouble. Most of all, she inspired those around her to be the best possible “BA”dass versions of themselves.

B.A. passed away in 2011; it is in her memory that we work to support the future B.A.’s, women like you.


This team of BA Women will be those on the ground, supporting you through your summer in Washington, D.C. and continuing to keep in touch with you throughout your alumnae experience. Read on to get to know who we are and who you'll be spending your summer with!

  • Mary Bruce Executive Director

    Mary champions the growth of our leaders by using her 15 years' experience to steer the BA Women's Alliance in governance and development, as well as lending her expertise to our programs and communications staff.

    Mary earned her BA from the University of Virginia and her MPA from Princeton. She got her start in the nonprofit sector interning at the Spanish American Committee in Cleveland, Ohio.


  • Kristen Hecht Program Director

    Kristen oversees our signature program, EmpowHER, from the start of the application process to the end of our summer programming. She also manages the alumnae experience of our growing network of BA Women.

    Kristen has a MA in international politics from American University and holds a BA in international studies from the University of North Texas. She got her start in Washington, D.C. interning at the Women & Politics Institute.

  • Anna Foster Program Coordinator

    Anna assists Kristen by coordinating our EmpowHER program from the beginning of application season to our program graduation at the end of each summer. She also manages the communications of BA Women.

    She has a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from The George Washington University. She got her start interning at the U.S. House of Representatives.


Board of Directors

When the BA Women’s Alliance was originally established from the trust of B.A. Rudolph in 2011, she selected her five goddaughters and close friends as the Board of Directors and Advisors. B.A. taught them to be strong, grounded by friends and family, as well as the importance of forwarding thinking, independence, and especially laughter. Through the Alliance, our Board of Directors and Advisors seek to serve a similar role in the lives of women. In 2019, the Board of Directors was expanded to reflect our values and needs as a growing organization.

Alumnae Council

Because we know our alumnae are our fiercest champions, we knew we couldn't miss the opportunity to leverage their existing leadership and passion to enrich and advance our mission. The Alumnae Council is a committee that reports to the BA Women's Alliance Board of Directors, and consults with staff to improve the alumnae experience, expand EmpowHER programming and recruitment, and advance the organization in a variety of other areas.


The BA Women's Alliance isn't just made up of our staff and governing bodies, but also includes our partners in facilitation, past intern host organizations, and business partners. See a curated list of some of the BA members of our community below.


Want to learn more about the HERstory, governance, and other work of the BA Women's Alliance? Follow the link below to visit our parent website BAWomensAlliance.org