Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana names new CEO

Maggie Elder
Maggie Elder

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana Board of Directors has announced that Maggie Elder has accepted the role of chief executive officer of April 13, 2020.

Elder comes to the Girl Scouts from Metro United Way where she currently serves as chief operating officer.

“Girl Scouts is a powerful experience for growing girls into leaders,” said Elder. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana.  Today, more than ever, girls need their Girl Scout community to help them grow and lead during these challenging times.”

Elder brings 20 years of nonprofit leadership. In her role as COO at Metro United Way, she leads a team of 75 employees to define and execute strategies that further their strategic plan.

Elder has been with Metro United Way for 13 years and in that time, she helped Metro United successfully reverse their declining revenue trends and grow their impact on the community’s most pressing needs.

Prior to Metro United Way, Elder served as associate executive director of the American Cancer Society after having served in both fundraising and impact roles. At the American Cancer Society she worked with staff and volunteers to raise over $1.5 million annually across 13 counties in Kentucky and Indiana.

Elder grew up in the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana as a member of a troop and a camper at Bear Creek Aquatic Camp. As a camper at Bear Creek she dreamed of becoming a camp counselor. She realized her dreams and served as an assistant unit leader at Bear Creek in 1996 and 1997 and assistant camp director in 2000 (her camp name is Shadow). Today, she serves as a troop leader for Troop 2311, a multi-age troop of 25 girls, Brownies through Cadettes, serving over 10 schools.

Elder and her husband Alex have two girls, Jane (age 12) and Hannah (age 10). They live in Louisville with their dog, Brannon.