Girl Scout Councils Merge, Name New CEO
Historic merger creates council serving more than 50,000 Girl Scouts.
Lise L. Luttgens has been selected as the Chief Executive Officer for the soon-to-be-formed Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.
The new Girl Scout council will be the result of a historic merger of six Los Angeles area legacy Girl Scout councils. Angeles Girl Scout Council, Girl Scout Council of Greater Long Beach, Girl Scouts - Joshua Tree Council (southeastern portion), Girl Scouts - Mt. Wilson Vista Council, Girl Scouts - Spanish Trails Council, and Girl Scouts of the San Fernando Valley are participating in an ongoing merger process to form a single council that will serve Girl Scouts throughout the greater Los Angeles community and parts of San Bernardino County. Luttgens will begin her role Sept. 1, 2008, planning the formation of the new council that will begin operating on Dec. 1, 2008.
The new structure will make the most effective use of resources to better serve local communities and create more opportunities in Girl Scouting for even more girls. The six merging legacy councils have been diligently working toward this transition since October, 2007 and are committed to a smooth and seamless process.
Girl members and adult volunteers can expect the full continuation of quality program delivery and volunteer services during the merger process. Beyond that, girls and volunteers will see expanded programs, greater access to camps and other program facilities, more opportunities for girls, and increased visibility for Girl Scouts. Girls, volunteers and council staff are currently realizing the benefits as the merging legacy councils have already begun work together on programs, volunteer trainings, fund raising, and other activities.
Luttgens was selected following a national CEO search by Morris & Berger Executive Search Consultants. Luttgens, a former Girl Scout, brings with her demonstrated leadership and specialized expertise through her work with several reputable nonprofit organizations. She founded the Los Angeles-based firm Luttgens & Associates, Inc., in 2001, which specializes in nonprofit and health care organizations, and has built a successful coaching and consulting practice that focuses on organizations and individuals in transition.
“I am thrilled to be able to serve the girls and their volunteer leaders through the realignment to a new council,” said Luttgens. “Leading during this time of transformation and creating a new structure for these young women is a wonderful next step. I am very excited to be working with the existing CEOs, their staffs, and their boards to achieve a smooth transition and create a new vision for Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.”
Most recently, Luttgens served as interim CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California during a transition of unifying six operating entities more closely into one organization. From 2003 to 2005 she served as chief operating officer for the Fulfillment Fund. There she established business systems and processes while realigning operations and the financial structure to serve students in the LA Unified School District. Luttgens worked at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) from 1996 to 2001 as the senior vice president and chief operating officer. Her key accomplishments at CHLA included implementing a quality management system, leading a cost restructuring effort, and overseeing the planning and construction of the $67 million Marion and John Anderson Building.
“We are pleased to have found a person like Lise who has experience in dealing with challenging situations and organizations in transition,” said Phyllis E. Currie, chair of the CEO Search Committee. “We were impressed with the leadership qualities, the communication skills and the energy she demonstrates. We believe these qualities will be invaluable in making Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles the high-capacity council that we envision.”
Luttgens received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Beloit College in Wisconsin, a master’s degree in public health (hospital administration) from Yale University’s School of Medicine, and an advanced fellowship in academic medical center administration from the University of Michigan. She completed the Executive Management Program from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management and received certification from the College of Executive Coaching. Luttgens is vice president of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House and past president of the Organization of Women Executives. Luttgens is a resident of the Palisades Highlands and has been a Palisades resident since 1984. She is also the mother of a 19-year-old daughter who is currently attending Colorado College.
The local Girl Scout council merger is part of a national transformation of the Girl Scout Movement to modernize the iconic organization and renew focus on leadership development for girls.
The six councils are among over 280 Girl Scout councils from throughout the country that are realigning under a national reorganization plan designed by Girl Scouts of the USA to create high performance, community-focused councils with strengthened infrastructures. The process aims to revitalize the premier leadership development program and to remain compelling, contemporary and relevant to today’s girls.
Lise will lead a council with a $14 million operating budget and a staff of 185 housed at five regional offices. While the geographic boundaries of the council will change, the mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place, is unwavering. Council volunteers and staff remain fully committed to providing relevant and quality program opportunities for girls and look forward to bringing the strengths of the six councils together for their benefit.
The new Los Angeles area council will be among the largest councils across the nation, with an initial enrollment of approximately 50,000 girls and nearly 22,000 volunteers.
For more information on how to register your daughter, volunteer your time or donate to the Girl Scouts, visit www.girlscoutsla.org.