Kathy Cloninger

Kathy Cloninger (New York, NY) is Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA). She is a recognized expert on, and advocate for, girls' and women's issues. Cloninger is a recognized leader in the not for profit sector, serving on boards of the National Assembly of Human Services, the National Council for Research on Women, American Humanics, and Leadership 18.

Cloninger's more than two decades in Girl Scouting include service as CEO with Girl Scout councils in Tennessee, Texas, and Colorado; as national management consultant for GSUSA; and as a participant in groundbreaking task groups strategizing on girls' well-being. She was an executive grant-maker at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, CEO of two YWCA branches in Texas, and a career development consultant.

In the spring of 2011, Cloninger was presented with an honorary doctor of letters degree by her alma mater, Texas A&M University. She has received numerous other awards, including Nonprofit CEO of the Year 2000 from the Center for Nonprofit Management, and CEO of the Year 2008 from the National Assembly of Human Services. In 2007, 2008, and again in 2009 she was named to the NPT Power & Influence Top 50 by The NonProfit Times. In May of 2010 she was named one of "21 Leaders for the 21st Century" by Women's eNews.

Most recently, she served as chair of the National Collaboration for Youth and secretary of the board of directors of the National Assembly of Human Services (2008–2011). Kathy is a member of the national boards of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and the National Council for Research on Women, and is a member of the Women's Leadership Board of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

A native of Dallas, Texas, Cloninger got her start as a Girl Scout in her mother's troop. She earned an M.S. in counseling and business management from Texas A&M University, Commerce. She and her husband, Mike, favor country music and have hosted nearly 350 world-class songwriter concerts at their homes in Nashville and New York.

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If interested in an interview with Kathy Cloninger, please contact:
Heather Condon 201-748-6017 / hcondon@wiley.com