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Announcing our new Chief Executive Officer Marisa C. Williams

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Girl Scouts River Valleys is pleased to announce Marisa C. Williams as the next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Marisa C. Williams will assume the role in January 2023, succeeding Tish Bolger, who will retire after 23 years of service at the end of the year.  

Marisa comes to Girl Scouts from North Hills Affordable Housing (HEARTH) in Pittsburgh, PA. During her tenure at HEARTH as the CEO, she built organizational systems and infrastructure, created new meaningful partnerships, and led collaboration efforts to improve financial operations. Prior to that, Marisa spent five years at YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh as the Regional Executive Director. She is a strategic and results-driven leader with years of leadership experience in non-profit and corporate sectors who brings a proven record of driving organizational change, growth, profitability, and performance improvement. 

“I am excited to become the new CEO of Girl Scouts River Valleys,” says Marisa C. Williams. “The Girl Scouts' mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place uniquely fills the intersection of my passion and purpose. This role puts me on the preventive side of services to support the health and wellness, education, entrepreneurship, life skills, and self-love of girls.” 

Former Board Chair and current Director-at-Large, Gayle Hayhurst chaired the search committee, which was made up of community volunteers, committee leaders, and select board members. Marisa stood out among many candidates for her expertise, experience, and passion. 

“We are thrilled to have Marisa C. Williams as our next CEO,” said Jane Canney, Girl Scouts River Valleys’ Board Chair. “She is a forward-thinking, creative, strategic, and results-driven leader with years of leadership experience in non-profit and corporate sectors. She is committed to social impact, advocacy, learning, wellness, and diversity, equity, and inclusion, which aligns with the goals and objectives in our new strategic plan.” 

Girl Scouts River Valleys has an engaged board of directors, an exceptional executive team, talented staff, and dedicated, enthusiastic members and volunteers. We are excited for Marisa to build on our strong foundation of empowerment and propel Girl Scouts River Valleys toward a new era of innovation and continued growth. 

Please join us in welcoming Marisa to our Girl Scouts River Valleys.


View the Press Release here.