The Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Maine announces that Chief Executive Officer Joan M. McDonald will retire in November. McDonald, who has been part of Girl Scouting for over 30 years, has led Girl Scouts in Maine since 1992 when she first took the role of CEO for Kennebec Council. Previous to her tenure in Maine, McDonald served as CEO for Girl Scouts of Joshua Tree in California.
In 2007, McDonald was responsible for the realignment of two existing Girl Scout councils — Kennebec and Abnaki — into one organization. Girl Scouts of Maine launched on October 1, 2008 as a statewide organization with McDonald as its inaugural CEO.
“Joan McDonald is a tireless advocate for girls, an exceptional leader, and an extraordinary role model to young women throughout the state,” said Natalie Burns, president of the Board of Directors. “In unifying Kennebec and Abnaki Councils and taking us statewide, Joan strengthened our organization and called attention to the importance of Girl Scouting in the development of the next generation of women leaders. We will miss Joan’s guidance, leadership and strategic vision. She has made an indelible mark on Girl Scouts of Maine and the effect of that will be seen throughout the state for years to come.”
The Board of Directors will conduct a search to find the right candidate to continue the expansion McDonald started. Meanwhile Girl Scouting in Maine will continue as always focused on delivery of the Girl Scout mission. Chief Financial Officer Joanne Crepeau will assume the position of Interim CEO upon McDonald’s retirement.
Although McDonald is looking forward to retirement, she admits it is hard to leave Girl Scouting behind. “It has been an honor to serve as CEO of Girl Scouts of Maine,” said McDonald. “Girl Scouting has been a huge part of my life and I know I will miss it. It has been a privilege to be part of an organization dedicated to inspiring girls to greatness. I am proud of Girl Scouts everywhere who make a difference in their communities, and the thousands of amazing volunteers who give their time and talent to help girls grow courageous and strong. I look forward to seeing even more girls in Maine benefit from the Girl Scout experience.”
Active in a variety of community service endeavors, McDonald has participated on the Policy Committee for the City of Biddeford and the Coastal Communities Task Group Operations Committee. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maine and the Northern York County YMCA Board of Directors. McDonald also holds several leadership positions in organizations in Maine including the Juvenile Justice Advisory Group, Maine Commission on Community Service, the Gender Equity Task Group (part of the Department of Education) and was a Presidents’ Summit Delegate from Portland. McDonald began her career as a Principal/Area Coordinator for the New York City Board of Education.
McDonald is a Certified Girl Scout Council Executive Director (GSCED) and holds a Certification for Non-Profit Management from Case Western Reserve. A graduate of Wesleyan University in Ohio, she continued her graduate studies at Yale University School of Business, Harvard Business School and Columbia.
Formerly the Director of the Bergen Community Museum of Art and Science in Paramus, NJ, McDonald continues to be an ardent follower of the arts. She is an avid cyclist, enjoys travel, and plans to retire to Hawaii with her husband, Gordon, and her cats HaHa and LuLu.