CONNECTICUT (January 21, 2021) – Girl Scouts of Connecticut is pleased to announce the appointment of Diana Mahoney as the Council’s next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Ms. Mahoney brings a lifetime of Girl Scouting experience from her days as a Girl Scout right here in Connecticut. She participated in Girl Scouting throughout her childhood culminating with the First Class Girl Scout Award (Gold Award), Girl Scouting’s highest achievement. As her life unfolded, Ms. Mahoney never strayed far from Girl Scouting. As an adult, Diana was a troop leader for 13 years, a Service Unit Registrar, and a Service Unit Manager in the town of Berlin, CT.
Of Girl Scouts’ four pillars, one took root in Diana’s heart and was the anchor of her career – STEM. After serving 30 years as a director at Eversource, she retired in the summer of 2020. An accomplished engineering professional, with experience in numerous aspects of engineering, design, operations, and organizational leadership, she is fully prepared to lead Girl Scout of Connecticut into the future. Ms. Mahoney holds a Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering degree (BSEE) from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
A servant leader, Ms. Mahoney is a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Industrial Advisory Board at the University of Connecticut, and a former board member of the Connecticut Invention Convention. Up until this past year, she was a member of Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Board of Directors, where she most recently served as board secretary.
Asked about how she felt being selected, Ms. Mahoney shared, “I am profoundly excited and honored to be part of this high-impact organization as the CEO. I look forward to engaging with the girls, adult volunteers, and the organization to continue the focus on fostering girls of courage, confidence, and character.”
Girl Scouts of Connecticut conducted a nationwide search and Mahoney stood out amongst a talented pool of applicants. Search committee chair and board member Dolores Ennico said, “We are confident that Diana's passion and long affiliation with Girl Scouts as well as her outstanding professional engineering career make her well-qualified to lead Girl Scouts of Connecticut. As we transition into our next chapter, Diana will continue to serve our mission as an inclusive, supportive organization that stands ready to help every girl learn, thrive, and be successful. We look forward to her leadership.”
Board chair Nicole Sandford added, “Diana is the perfect leader for Girl Scouts of Connecticut at this particular time in our history. She is an outstanding professional and will no doubt prove to be a trustworthy steward of our legacy. The expansion of STEM programming for our girls is a top priority and Diana’s experience as a successful engineer will be invaluable. She is also a Gold Award Girl Scout which I hope will inspire every one of our G.I.R.L.s to think bigger about their future goals and aspirations. Girl Scouts can become anything, including CEO!”
Diana and her husband, Matthew, are residents of Berlin, CT. They have two adult children, Shannon and Kyle. Diana and Shannon are both life-time members of Girl Scouts. Diana’s mother, Diane Sachetti, was also a troop leader, making three generations of Girl Scouts in the family. She will officially begin her duties on January 25, 2021.