Our Leadership

When Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts in 1912, she understood that dedicated and dynamic leaders were vital to helping girls develop their full potential. Today, the organization is led by the chief executive officer, National Board of Directors, headquarters staff, and volunteers and professional staff in over 100 local councils across the United States. With the support, vision, and commitment of these role models, girls have the opportunity to find—and become—leaders in their communities and the world.


A Message from the Interim CEO

One of the most powerful results of living the Girl Scout Law is the ability to exercise and recognize true leadership. Being honest and fair, and courageous and strong; using resources wisely; respecting yourself and others; and making the world a better place. These are values that our staff and volunteers at the national and local levels continually teach, model, and reinforce. I am proud that for over 100 years Girl Scouting has produced and attracted so many examples of courage, confidence, and character in our girls and the adults who lead them.


Executive Bios

Judith Batty, Interim CEO
As interim chief executive officer, Judith Batty partners with the national staff and board of directors to lead this 2.6 million-member organization. Read more.

Karen P. Layng, National President (Chair of the National Board of Directors)
Karen P. Layng was elected in October 2020 as National President, the highest volunteer position in the organization. Read more.


Executive Team

Along with the interim CEO, GSUSA's Executive Team guides the organization in the planning, development, and execution of initiatives and resources to benefit a diverse group of girls, volunteers, and staff across the nation—and the world. Read more.


Board of Directors

Composed of members from the private to nonprofit sector, and from across the United States, the National Board of Directors guides the Girl Scout Movement. Read more.