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.