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CEO Meridith Maskara

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Meridith Maskara is Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York. In this role, she provides leadership to the Council in achieving its vision of being the premier leadership organization for girls in New York City; creates more by girlsfor girls opportunities and programs; grows membership, particularly among girls from under-resourced schools, homeless shelters, and low-income communities; and expands leader training and adult development opportunities.

Meridith, a 3rd generation Girl Scout, has served in positions across the organization – as a girl member, troop leader and parent volunteer, and employee. She is committed to help create a world where all girls can achieve their dreams and to ensuring that every girl in every corner of New York City has access to leadership development programs that will help them to secure a successful future and achieve their goals.  

Between 2015 – 2017, Meridith was Chief Operating Officer (COO) and VP of Product and Retail Sales at the Girl Scouts of Greater New York.  As COO, Meridith helped launch Troop 6000 and partnered with the city to expand the program to more family homeless shelters.  She also facilitated a data and technology upgrade.  As VP of Product and Retail Sales, she created the Cookie Executive Committee program that gives girls a deeper, richer experience and helped increase cookie sales by 19%.  She also developed the council’s first retail shop.

Prior to joining the staff at Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Meridith volunteered for the organization.  She started a troop for her daughter in Sunnyside Queens, growing its membership from 3 to 150 and served in multiple other volunteer positions.

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Meridith joined the Abnaki Girl Scout Council in Maine at age 7, following in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother (her mother has been a member for the past 65 years).  Meridith earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the premier leadership award for girls in the country, for piloting the Girl Scout Daisy program for her council, giving 5-year-olds the opportunity to join the organization.   She also started her council’s Girl Advisory Board and then joined the Board of Directors as a girl representative.

Meridith graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.  Her passion and love for theatre combined with her operational and business sense led her to a highly successful corporate career in theatrical/entertainment and event merchandising and branding where she spent 17 years as a Vice President in the industry’s leading company, Max Merchandising.

Meridith received a New York City Council Citation for the Queens Impact Award, and also received a New York City Council St. Pats for All Community Leadership Award Citation for her work with youth in her community. She was honored by Congressman Crowley with the 2018 Community Impact Award; was included on Brown Brothers Harriman’s ‘18 Women to Watch in 2018’ list, and recently was named the 2018 SPOKEies Award winner for the Non-profit and Youth category.

Meridith and her husband are the proud parents of five daughters, including three current Girl Scouts. 


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