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A Message From the Chair of the GSSN Board of Directors

On behalf of the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada’s (GSSN) Board of Directors, I’m thrilled to welcome Ann Nelson as our new Chief Executive Officer, effective Monday, May 18, 2020.

We are thrilled to have Ann joining our team and hope you will join us in welcoming her to the GSSN family. Her tremendous leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, as well as her strategic planning skills are amazing assets for our council. Ann also has a love of all things girl and strongly believes in our mission to build G.I.R.L.s who are Go-Getters, Innovators, Risk Takers and Leaders. She’s role modeled this from the time she was a young Girl Scout and throughout her career.

While she looks forward to meeting many of you in the coming months (either virtually or at some point in person), here’s a bit more about her:

Ann W. Nelson has more than 25 years of organizational leadership and management experience. As an Executive Vice President with Employers Holdings, Inc., she helped lead the company through several transformations, from a state agency to a mutually owned insurance company operating only in Nevada, to a publicly traded company operating nationwide.  Additionally, Nelson has served as Legal Counsel to the Governor of Nevada and as a deputy district attorney. Most recently, Nelson has helped guide various boards of directors through strategic planning and execution endeavors.  Nelson received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nevada, and her Doctor of Jurispudence from the University of San Francisco. Ann is married and mom to three daughters.

Ann is excited to take on this role at Girl Scouts, and is eager to apply her experiences to our organization. Most importantly, she can’t wait to meet YOU, the members and supporters who are the heart, soul and body of the GSSN council.

I want to express my appreciation for Heidi Howe, former GSSN Board member, who has served as our Interim CEO since October. We’re grateful for her dedicated service to the council during this time.

Finally, on behalf of our board and the entire Girl Scout team, thank you for all you do to make GSSN the preeminent girl-leadership organization in northeastern California and northern Nevada. Together, we will continue our mission to build the next generation of women leaders.


Colleen Worlton
GSSN Board Chair