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Oct 05, 2022

Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Announce Heather Coburn as CEO

Heather Coburn, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore

Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore (GSJS) announces former interim CEO Heather Coburn as the newly appointed chief executive officer of the leadership development organization for girls.

Coburn leads a dedicated and passionate team of more than 35 full time staff, 20 board members and countless volunteers and supporters, as they work to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

She has served in a number of roles, including chief operations officer, since joining GSJS in 2016. As COO, she led the GSJS staff through challenges of the pandemic. She cultivated the Box of Love Challenge during the “cookie crisis of 2020” and supported her team through two COVID-19-free day camp summers. 

Under Coburn’s leadership as interim CEO, the GSJS saw tremendous growth in membership, increased donor support and more impactful programing for Monmouth and Ocean County girls, regardless of their ability to pay. 

Coburn helped secure a $500,000 COVID-19 relief grant from Monmouth County to support programs and leadership experiences. 

“Heather has made tremendous and invaluable contributions to GSJS, and we look forward to working with her to continue to enhance and expand opportunities through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Heather’s strategic leadership, vision and deep knowledge of all things Girl Scouts makes her the ideal candidate for this role,” said Teri O’Connor, GSJS Board chair.

Coburn is thrilled to take on the next stage of growth, including a new outdoor garden and STEM lab at Camp Sacajawea, the continued beautification of Camp Amity Acres and the implementation of a mentorship program for older Girl Scouts.

Coburn looks forward to bringing the Girl Scout experience to every girl by creating a safe space where they can feel free to be themselves, find a friend who becomes a sister for life, or learns a new passion or skill that helps in making the world better. 

“I want to live in a world where girls and women are empowered and encouraged to take chances and reach their goals,” she said. “As a leader of this amazing organization and as a mom of a Girl Scout Brownie, I’m inspired every day by our movement of 2.6 million girl and adult members. I feel a tremendous responsibility to positively impact the lives of our girls and young women.”

Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore is celebrating its 110th birthday year, and they welcome new scouts and adult members and leaders. For information on how to join, volunteer, partner or donate, visit GSFun.org or call 800-785-2090.