Jackie Alexander named CEO of Girl Scouts Louisiana East
New Council start date is April 1, 2008
Chief Executive Officer Jackie Alexander of the Girl Scout Council of Southeast Louisiana has been selected as the CEO for the soon-to-be realigned council, Girl Scouts Louisiana East. The realignment process of the Girl Scout Council of Southeast Louisiana and Girl Scouts –Audubon Council, headquartered in Baton Rouge, which began in May 2007, is nearing completion with the newly combined council to serve Girl Scouts in 23 parishes throughout southeast Louisiana beginning April 1, 2008.
Alexander will operate out of the temporary corporate office located at the southeast Louisiana council’s present site in Jefferson with a satellite office remaining in Baton Rouge.
Alexander has served as the Southeast Louisiana council’s CEO since July 2004 and guided the local Girl Scout organization successfully through the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which damaged the council’s two camps and service center, and the subsequent membership and program challenges that followed.
The two councils are two of over 280 Councils realigning under a national reorganization plan designed by Girl Scouts of the USA to create high performance, high capacity councils with expanded program and delivery of Girl Scouting for all girls, eliminating competition among councils for scarce resources. Alexander was selected following a national CEO search.
“I am excited to lead the transformation of Girl Scouting in southeast Louisiana and the opportunities this alignment presents,” said Alexander. “Realignment will allow us to focus our efforts on working with girls to develop their leadership skills, connect with others, and take action to identify and address issues facing them and their communities.”
While the geographic area of the council will change, the mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place, is unwavering. Council volunteers and staff remain fully committed to providing relevant and quality program opportunities for girls, and look forward to bringing the strengths of the Girl Scout Council of Southeast Louisiana and Girl Scouts – Audubon Council together for their benefit.
Alexander first started working for the Southeast Louisiana council in 1992 as Adult Development Director, was promoted to Assistant Executive Director/Membership & Marketing in 1996, and to Deputy Director in 2003.
Her former employment includes serving as a field executive for Deep South Girl Scout Council and serving as a program director for the YWCA in Mobile, Alabama. Alexander is a certified Girl Scout trainer, and a member of Girl Scouts of the USA’s MarComm Network, a select group of marketing and communications professionals from across the country tasked with creating strategies and tactics for a unified Girl Scout brand voice nationwide.
Alexander received an AA from Bishop State Junior College, a B.S. degree from Alabama A&M University, and a Masters in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.
Girl Scouts Louisiana East will serve the parishes of Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana.
For more information about Girl Scouting, call the Girl Scout Council at Southeast Louisiana at (504) 733-8220 or (800) 644-7571 or visit its website at www.girlscoutssela.org. A new council website located at www.gsle.org is currently under construction.
Media contact: Marianne Addy, VP of Communications
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