Chief Executive Officer
Carol Dedrich, MBA, CFRE has a rich background in development, marketing, strategic planning and leadership, with over 15 years at the executive level in all three economic sectors: government/military, corporate and not-for-profit.
A lifelong Girl Scout, Carol served as the chief external relations officer for Girl Scouts Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA) for eight years. Like Girl Scouts San Diego, GSGLA’s priorities included serving a geographically broad and diverse membership and volunteer base, reaching out to underserved communities and engaging donors to broaden our philanthropic base.
Carol started her career as a captain in the U.S. Army and led her platoon through Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Her military background demonstrates leadership, management maturity, and the ability to directly and personally connect with our local military families and leaders.
She transitioned to civilian life as development director at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. In addition to establishing and maintaining donor relations, she built a Leadership Giving Program that increased major gift revenue from $626,000 to $2.1 million in just three years.
Carol later became vice president of development and marketing at the Fulfillment Fund, a nonprofit that helps provide access to education for promising students who are economically disadvantaged. She helped lead the organization through a national restructure by building its infrastructure, implementing new policy and procedures, creating board development and supporting staff professional development.