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Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington CEO Karen Hill Announces Retirement


Dear Fellow Girl Scouts,

Together with GSOSW Board Chair Mary Ann Frantz, I am writing you today to share that—after nearly 13 years as CEO of Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington—I have decided to retire. My retirement date will be effective at or shortly after the end of the year.

Serving in this role has been one of the greatest honors of my professional life. I’m so proud of the work we do at Girl Scouts and the impact our program has on girls, the volunteers who guide them, and the communities that benefit from their leadership and service. I have met countless amazing girls and dedicated volunteers over the years at annual meetings, program events, celebrations, and out in nature at our beautiful Girl Scout camps and properties. To all of our volunteers and members—thank you. You are the heart of Girl Scouting, and it’s been my privilege to serve as your CEO.

During my tenure with Girl Scouts, we have accomplished so much together. Most notably, our council consolidated operations across Oregon and SW Washington, instituted significant technology improvements to better support volunteers, invested almost $5 million in improvements to Girl Scout camps and properties, and grew council reserves that will help ensure GSOSW can thrive well into the future.

While our organization has endured a difficult year and a half, I am humbled and inspired by the creative ways that staff, volunteers and families have delivered the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and kept girls connected to Girl Scouting when they needed it most. This resilience and dedication makes me certain that the best is yet to come.

The GSOSW board of directors has formed a search committee headed by First Vice Chair Jane Drew. The committee researched and interviewed two executive search firms recommended by Girl Scouts of the USA before selecting Evergreen Executive Source LLC, which is an executive search firm that specializes in recruiting assignments for Girl Scout councils. Mary Ann has signed a service agreement with Evergreen and their work is underway.

The search committee and the board are working diligently to ensure a smooth transition in the leadership of our council. To ensure that our community’s voices are included in this process, a random sampling of members will receive a survey asking them to identify the characteristics and skills that they believe will be essential in a new CEO for GSOSW. If you receive this survey, we hope that you will participate and help us fulfill our goal of finding the best leader to guide Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington into the future. We will continue to keep you informed of the selection timeline and process as we move forward.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Karen Hill, CEO, and Mary Ann Frantz, Board Chair