First African-American named CEO of Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey
Cyril Josh Barker | 3/29/2018, 10:28 a.m.
Girls empowerment advocate and lifetime girl scout Natasha Hemmings is making history next month when she becomes the first African-American chief executive officer of Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey.
Hemmings will take the GSHNJ helm April 9. She is chief marketing and communications officer for Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey, where she has leveraged partnerships with several national and local brands to increase opportunities for girls as well as expanded membership and volunteerism in underserved New Jersey communities.
Over the past 12 years, she was selected four consecutive times to serve on the Girl Scouts USA National Convention Action Team. Hemmings is also co-leader of a 32-member multilevel troop in Plainfield.
GSHNJ serves more than 17,000 girls, aged 5 to 17, and 10,000 adult members in the counties of Hudson, Essex, Union, Somerset, Hunterdon, southern Warren and parts of Middlesex.
“I am very thankful for this opportunity and extremely excited about partnering with the staff, board, volunteers and community to make a positive impact on the lives of girls,” she said. “I am also looking forward to expanding our network of G.I.R.L. [go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders] champions throughout the region.”
Board Chair of GSHNJ Lydia Whitefield added that Hemming’s leadership will make the Girl Scouts more accessible to all girls in the Garden State.
“Natasha has a deep understanding that success comes when adult volunteers are well supported in their efforts to serve their troops,” Whitfield said. “She possesses the leadership, experience and passion needed to promote and provide innovative and relevant programming for girls in every part of our council.”
A resident of Piscataway in Central Jersey, Hemmings, who holds a master’s degree in public administration from Rutgers University, brings 17 years of strategic leadership, community engagement, nonprofit programming and fund development to the council.