Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast (GSCCC) on Oct. 10 announced Jody Skenderian as the council’s interim CEO. Skenderian, who most recently served as GSCCC’s Chief Development Officer, has been responsible for the council’s fund development, product sales and marketing and communications efforts. With over two decades of experience building and leading business development and community relations teams for Fortune 1000 companies, Skenderian brings a wealth of experience into the new position. She succeeds Gina Jaeger, who served as CEO since 2013.
“Jody brings a strong background of community relations, business development, and non-profit leadership experience to the role and I look forward to her collaboration on the Board,” said Tammie Helmuth, Board Chair of Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast. “We are excited to embark on our council’s next chapter.”
Current CEO Gina Jaeger will continue to work with Girl Scouts as the North Atlantic Regional Director of USA Girl Scouts, based in Italy. Jaeger’s departure date is scheduled for Dec. 2, 2016. She will assist Skenderian in her transition to interim CEO in the upcoming weeks.
“I am honored to assume the role of interim CEO at Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast,” says Skenderian. “I look forward to continuing to implement the strategic plan for the council, and helping to advance and strengthen our organization over the six counties our council serves.”
As a Girl Scout alumna and a mother of a Cadette, Skenderian has also held adjunct teaching positions both online and on-campus for local colleges and universities including Santa Barbara City College and Ventura College. She has served on two Ventura County nonprofit boards, chaired the Channel Islands Ice Center’s Capital Campaign Feasibility Study and recently served a two-year term for the Ventura County Board of Supervisors Women’s Economic Roundtable as Chair.
Previously, Skenderian held the position of director of community relations for the University of Phoenix Southern California Campus for six years, where she led strategy and implementation of alumni, community and faculty engagement while also directing local giving efforts. Additional business development roles include tenure at ValueClick (now Conversant), Addison Wesley Longman (now Pearson), Winthrop Resources (now TCF Equipment Finance) and most recently at Ventura start-up FreshRealm.
Skenderian holds an master’s degree in political science from San Francisco State University and a bachelor of arts from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She is also a member of the American Association of University Women.
Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast serves over 10,700 girls across six counties and is committed to making the Girl Scout Leadership Experience available to girls in ways that impact their lives both in the moment and into the future. Girls participate in troops, individual projects, council events, day camps and more. A variety of leadership, outdoor skills, and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) based programs and events provide girls with opportunities to learn and explore in fun and informative ways. To join or volunteer in Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara or Ventura County, visit: http://www.girlscoutsccc.org.