DALLAS – The Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) announced today that it has appointed current Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Jennifer Bartkowski, as Chief Executive Officer effective May 12, 2014. Bartkowski succeeds Colleen Walker following her appointment as the Eugene McDermott CEO of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas last month.
Bartkowski has been with GSNETX since 2009, when she joined the council as Chief Development Officer. During her tenure, GSNETX has seen significant growth in its annual and capital fundraising campaigns. As Chief Operating Officer, she added focus and innovation to new programming initiatives, mission delivery, and the Girl Scout Cookie Program for the 32-county organization. Most recently, Bartkowski has been leading a $13 million effort to transform a current 100-acre property in South Dallas into a STEM Center of Excellence for girls in Northeast Texas.
“Jennifer has been instrumental in elevating Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas into a high-capacity, high-performing council, and the timing is absolutely right for her to take the helm,” said Millie Bradley, Chair of the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. “We are extremely grateful to Colleen for her leadership and transformative work over the past seven years, developing a Girl Scout Council recognized for its strengths in preparing girls for leadership in the 21st century. And, as an added bonus, the Girl Scouts and the Perot Museum have enjoyed a longstanding partnership, which will continue to deepen and mature for both organizations.”
“I am deeply honored to serve as the next CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas,” said Bartkowski. “I look forward to leading our community as we continue to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. As a third generation Girl Scout and the mother of a Girl Scout Junior, I am passionate about helping every girl achieve her full potential.”
“On behalf of the Board and our dedicated Girl Scout staff, we congratulate Jennifer on her new role and look forward to her many contributions,” Ms. Bradley continued.
Prior to Bartkowski’s arrival at GSNETX, she served as the Senior Vice President of Workplace Campaigns for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, where she was responsible for leading an annual workplace campaign of more than $50 million.
Bartkowski’s career began after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science and a Master of Public Administration, with a nonprofit management focus, from Texas A&M University. She has worked with a variety of organizations including the American Lung Association of Texas, United Way in Austin, Texas, Charitygift, and as an independent consultant.
Additionally, she and her husband Thomas are the parents of two children, including a Girl Scout Junior, and Bartkowski is the proud recipient of the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can receive.