The San Diego Girl Scouts have chosen a former Army missile officer and longtime nonprofit leader as their new chief executive officer.
Carol M. Dedrich, a former Army captain who commanded a Patriot missile battery, succeeds Jo Dee C. Jacob, who retired after nearly 15 years as CEO of Girl Scouts San Diego.
Dedrich’s career includes positions in the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, the John Wayne Cancer Institute, the Fulfillment Fund, and most recently Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.
“Carol’s deep understanding of Girl Scout programs, impacts, structures and strategic opportunities will enable her to hit the ground running as she steps into the role of CEO. She will be a great community leader and public advocate for girls,” said Rick Brooks, chair of the Girl Scouts San Diego board of directors.
Dedrich spent four years in the Army and is a veteran of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
“The lessons I learned as a young Girl Scout prepared me to take on leadership roles in school, the military, and the nonprofit sector,” Dedrich said. “I am eager to bring my expertise and experience to San Diego to lead one of the nation’s most respected Girl Scout councils.”
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