After an extensive national search, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT) has selected Rose González Pérez to serve as its 12th chief executive officer effective immediately.
The nine-person selection committee took six months to screen and interview hundreds of qualified candidates from across the country, and made its recommendation to GSSWT’s board of directors at a special meeting earlier this week. “Pérez has been a leader of the exceptional success this council has experienced in recent years,” says Jackie L. Gorman, board chair for Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, “and I am confident she has the vision and skills to continue leading this organization through its unprecedented transformation.”
Prior to being named chief executive officer for GSSWT, Pérez served in the interim position following the departure of then-CEO, Anna Maria Chávez, who accepted the role of CEO for Girl Scouting’s national organization in August 2011.
Serving as only the 12th CEO in the regional council’s 88-year history is the culmination of more than 20 years of leadership roles within the Girl Scout organization, making Pérez an expert in membership services, program delivery, fund development, community relations and administration. Pérez joins the elite ranks of former council CEOs, including Mrs. Joe H. (Etta) Ward (1948-1969), as well as Kathy Cloninger (1987-1991) and Anna Maria Chávez (2009-2011) who both became chief executive officer of the national organization following their tenure in San Antonio.
A former small business owner in her hometown of Mathis, Texas, Pérez holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a B.S. in Education from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and a Certification in Non-profit Management from Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. An advocate for cancer awareness and research, Pérez has received numerous awards for her fundraising efforts on behalf of the American Cancer Society.
On being named the region’s new CEO, Pérez says, “I am so proud to be selected. This organization has afforded me the opportunity to grow as an educator, professional, mentor, mother, advocate and leader. I look forward to leading the best team of volunteers and staff in the country to reach more girls than ever before and further the mission of Girl Scouts to build girls of courage, confidence and character.”