Chief Operating Officer
Gerry Keshka has nearly 25 years of experience in Girl Scouting. In that time, she has implemented initiatives related to membership growth in underserved markets, and innovative program activities that attract and retain members.
As CEO of Girl Scouts of the San Fernando Valley, Gerry tripled that council’s donated income while developing a board that engaged area leaders. She was named one of the decade’s Women Who Mean Business and the Visionary Leader of the Year, and recognized as her council’s Volunteer of the Year, the only time the award went to an employee. She served on a team of executives responsible for a six-council merger, as an officer on two boards of organizations that recognized volunteers and philanthropists (including the San Fernando Valley Leadership Institute, from which she graduated), and as chair of the leadership committee for the San Fernando Valley Economic Alliance. Gerry was appointed to the Fernando Foundation, which recognized local leadership and volunteerism, and later served on the executive committee. She also volunteered as a therapy pet partner and patrolling state parks on her horse.
In the for-profit world, Gerry worked for large ERP software firms. She quickly became the most profitable executive at Epicor, a boutique firm where she managed projects for large manufacturing firms, including a maquiladora based out of Tijuana. For several years, she worked as an independent consultant, managing projects for companies implementing complex manufacturing software.
Gerry returned to San Diego in 2010 and jumped into the critical Chief Operating Officer role at Girl Scouts San Diego, freeing the CEO to be more engaged in the community. She leveraged her extensive experience and core values to elevate San Diego’s business, program and membership capacity. Gerry has always considered San Diego home and seeks an opportunity to expand her leadership influence in-region.
Gerry holds undergraduate degrees from San Diego State University, as well as MBA and Masters degrees in Exercise Physiology. She embraces the concept that leadership development is a lifelong journey.