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 Teresa Younger as a Girl Scout
 Teresa C. Younger as a Girl Scout.
Teresa Younger is the Executive Director of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW). The PCSW has been the State’s leading force for women’s equality for 40 years.

Prior to joining the PCSW, Teresa was the Director of Affiliate Organizational Development at the American Civil Liberties Union National Office, where she assisted affiliates throughout the country with organization and management issues. Prior to her tenure with ACLU National, Teresa became the first woman and the first African American to serve as Executive Director of the ACLU of Connecticut.

Teresa recently concluded her role as two-term president of the board of Girl Scouts of Connecticut, which serves nearly 44,000 Connecticut girls and over 18,000 adult members. Teresa serves on several other boards including the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, the National Advisory Board on Religious Restrictions on Care, and previously served on the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame and the National Association of Commissions for Women.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and lives in Shelton with her husband, Ronald Preston. She was herself a Girl Scout growing up in North Dakota and knows firsthand the powerful impact of Girl Scouting as a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient.

Teresa lives by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1959: “Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”


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