This year we bid a fond farewell to our outstanding Board Chair, Mae Numata, and welcome five exciting new board members: Leslie Feinzaig, Scott Heinze, Elizabeth Hunter, MJ Vigil, and Daria Willis.
Mae Numata has been a member of our board since 2009. She was elected 2nd Vice Chair in 2012, 1st Vice Chair in 2014, and has served as Board Chair since 2017. Mae owns and operates Numata Consulting PLLC and has 11 years of experience as a media industry CFO in addition to 24 years in banking. Mae volunteered with her daughter’s troop for over ten years in various roles such as Leader, Treasurer, and Cookie Manager. We are immensely grateful for her leadership on our board, commitment to the Girl Scout mission, and capacity to inspire members, donors, and volunteers throughout our community.
Leslie Feinzaig is the Founder and CEO of Female Founders Alliance, a community of over 20,000 women and non-binary founders, investors, partners, and startup allies dedicated to accelerating the success of venture scalable startups founded by women. Leslie is a strong advocate and role model of gender equity in business. We’re delighted for such an inspiring Girl Scout alumna to reinvest her passion and expertise in our council.
Scott Heinze recently retired from 9 years with the Tacoma Public School Council. He brings expertise in education and passion for equity, and strong representation for our south region membership. Thanks to Scott, we’ve implemented several program partnerships with the City of Tacoma, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to the board for his next step with Girl Scouts.
Elizabeth Hunter is SVP of Product and Technology at T-Mobile. Elizabeth’s tech experience makes her an excellent match for our STEM initiatives, and she has already proven to be a powerful force for fundraising. We’re grateful for her active leadership in crowdfunding, engaging voice on behalf of Girl Scouts, and beautiful example of a Girl Scout alumna giving back.
MJ Vigil is Chief People and Brand Officer at PEMCO, with prior executive experience at Starbucks. She also serves with the League of Women Voters, Social Ventures Partners, NW Cybersecurity and Emerging Tech Council, and United Way. As an avid mountaineer and sea kayaker, MJ definitely understands the transformative power of outdoor experiences integral to Girl Scouting. We’re glad to welcome MJ to our board and look forward to her contributions as a role model and advocate for gender equity in leadership.
Dr. Daria Willis was appointed the 17th president of Everett Community College in 2019, becoming its first African American president. Her leadership has brought substantial educative change to community colleges and students. She has implemented programs targeted at providing access and equity to underserved and underrepresented populations. In early November, Dr. Willis gave the keynote speech at our virtual volunteer conference. We’re thoroughly looking forward to continuing to work alongside Dr. Willis.
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