Girl Scouts Names the Org’s First Black Chief

Girl Scouts of the USA appointed the organization’s first Black CEO.

Judith Batty brought the Girl Scouts of the USA into a historical moment after she became the first Black chief exec of the 108-year old organization. Batty replaced five-year CEO Sylvia Acevedo, who left the post this month.

Troop Leader

The Girl Scouts of the United States of America (often shortened to GSUSA) is a youth organization for girls, with millions of women having been members. The group owes its foundation to Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low in 1912. According to CNN, the org had a history of segregating people of color. It eventually went desegregating amid efforts from the Civil Rights movement.

Batty is also a former Girl Scout herself in New York, starting off as a Brownie. Prior to her being appointed as interim CEO, she had become a Troop Leader and also served the National Board. There she was an Executive Committee member before being International Commissioner. Her mother is also a Girl Scout and Troop Leader. 

Inclusive Organization

“While we are proud of our progress, I am committed to engaging the Movement in difficult discussions about race in an effort to make the Girl Scouts an actively anti-racist organization,” the GSUSA interim head said.

According to the data from the organization’s 2017 membership report, 71 percent of the members are White. 17 percent of them are Hispanic, while 13.1 percent are African-American. 5.5. Percent are Asians.

“In addition, I will work to drive our technology forward so that we can meet our girls where they are and deliver programming directly to them on platforms they use,” Batty added.

New Leadership

According to Board Chair of GSUSA Kathy Hannan, they are “confident that Judith’s experience makes her uniquely qualified to help the Girl Scouts transition into our next chapter and continue to serve our enduring mission as an inclusive, supportive organization that stands ready to help every girl learn and thrive.”

Aside from being in the org, Batty’s past experiences also include being a senior legal counsel for multinational petroleum company ExxonMobil.

“And finally, I am committed to ensuring our Movement has the resources it needs to overcome disruptions caused by the pandemic,” Batty said.

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