Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced today that Nhadine Leung has been appointed Chief of Staff. Leung is a lawyer with experience in organizational change, community economic development, real estate law and investment banking.
“Nhadine brings extraordinary experience and great energy, expertise and vision to Girl Scouts as we enter our second century of service to girls,” said GSUSA Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chávez. “We’re poised for great things as we focus on reaching more girls, raising $1 billion and being the best leadership experience for girls, and Nhadine will play an integral role in helping us achieve our strategic and operational goals.”
Most recently, Leung headed her own consulting practice focused on strategic direction-setting for innovative nonprofits. Previously, she served as Chief Operating Officer of Living Cities, a 22-member consortium of the world’s largest philanthropic and financial institutions who invest collaboratively in improving the lives of low-income people and the cities where they live. She also led the Urban Assets Initiative at New Profit, a national venture philanthropy fund that invests in growing high-impact social enterprises.
“As a third generation Girl Scout whose commitment to public service and meaningful change was fostered in this movement, I could not be more thrilled to be joining with Girl Scouts during its 100th anniversary year to help the organization reach its ambitious goals for girls and women,” Leung said.
Leung’s grandmother was one of the first Girl Guides in Scotland and her mother is a lifelong Girl Guide and Girl Scout, who served in key leadership positions in Nebraska. Leung is a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts, having been a girl member in Nebraska and a troop leader in Brooklyn, New York.
In addition to her nonprofit experience, Leung practiced law at Weil Gotshal & Manges in New York and Warsaw, and was trained as an investment banker, working for Manufacturers Hanover and Chemical Bank in New York.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, and a joint J.D./Master of Urban Planning degree from New York University School of Law and Wagner School of Public Service.