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Carol M. Dedrich, MBA, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer

The lessons Carol Dedrich learned as a young Girl Scout prepared her for leadership roles in school, the military, and throughout her career.

Carol joined Girl Scouts San Diego in October 2016. Her priorities include serving more girls, providing relevant programs, serving a geographically and economically diverse girl and volunteer base, leveraging community partnerships to better reach underserved communities, enriching the volunteer experience, enhancing the Girl Scout experience for girls in middle and high school, and building lasting relationships with donors.

Carol has over 20 years of experience at the executive level in all three economic sectors: government/military, corporate and nonprofit. She began her career as a Patriot Missile Officer in the U.S. Army with an RA commission and is a veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

She transitioned to civilian life as a director at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, creating awareness about the importance of the organization’s community problem solving. Within three years she grew support from philanthropists and community leaders from $600,000 to $2.1 million.

Carol later became vice president at the Fulfillment Fund, an inner-city nonprofit that helps provide access to higher education for students who are economically disadvantaged. She led efforts to enhance services and increase high school graduation rates by growing revenue, expanding resources, and leveraging community partnerships.

Carol then spent seven years as chief external relations officer for Girl Scouts Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA). She helped merge seven councils to form GSGLA by building infrastructure; strengthening marketing, communications and staff development; broadening membership; enhancing the volunteer experience; and developing a culture of philanthropy.

She has an MBA, is a graduate of LEAD San Diego—Influence, and is currently working on earning a private pilot’s license.

Jaya Cummaragunta
Jaya Cummaragunta, MBA, PMP
Chief Operations Officer

Jaya oversees the finance, human resources, property, and IT departments, providing strategic support to ensure the effective operations that enable Girl Scouts San Diego to achieve its goals.

She comes to Girl Scouts from the University of California, San Diego, where she was chief operations officer for alumni. She delivered key initiatives in HR, IT, finance, facilities, customer service, and data, and executed innovative approaches to engaging with UCSD’s students and 183,000 alumni. Under her leadership, the alumni team optimized data, systems, and processes to maximize efficiency and effectiveness in alumni engagement, student career success, and annual giving.

Jaya also spent 11 years at the WD-40 Company in business, project, and portfolio management; global innovation; and research and development. Prior to that, she did marketing, product management, and R&D for Earthbound Farm and Fresh Express/Chiquita Brands International.

Jaya is certified as a project management professional (PMP). She earned an MBA at Santa Clara University; a Master of Science degree in horticulture at the University of Maryland, College Park; and a bachelor’s degree in horticulture at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore, India. 

Lani Longacre
Lani Longacre, MBA
Chief Mission Delivery Officer

Lani oversees program, membership, product program, retail, and marketing communications, and helps shape strategic direction and implement local and national initiatives.

As director of retail and product program, Lani led the Girl Scout Cookie Program, fall product program and retail operations. She was also interim director for outdoor program and adult learning.

To improve business processes for staff and volunteers, she adopted and implemented innovative technology. She was also project manager for the council’s 2017-2019 strategic alignment plan.

During the decade she played a leadership role in the cookie program—America’s leading entrepreneurial and financial literacy program for girls—Lani improved the girl and volunteer experience and increased gross sales by more than fifty percent.

In addition to serving on GSUSA’s National Product Sales Advisory Board and CEO Cookie Steering Committee, she organized regional conferences and participated in national forums about cookies.

Lani has an Executive MBA and a B.A. in communication from San Diego State University. In 2013, the San Diego Business Journal included her as an “Emerging Generation: 25 in their 20s” honoree. She formerly worked in marketing, sales, and communications.