Susan Brooks is the "Heart" of the New Girl Scout Council

Lifetime Girl Scout member Susan M. Brooks serves as Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey Chief Executive Officer. Brooks was selected following a national search conducted by Evergreen Executive Source, LLC. She began her new position on July 28,  2008 and leads the organization serving 25,000 girls and 10,000 adult volunteers. The organization merge three local councils - Girl Scout Council of Greater Essex and Hudson Counties, Girl Scouts of Rolling Hills Council and Girl Scouts of Washington Rock Council - and serves girls in seven counties spanning the state from east to west in Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset, Union and Warren.

Brooks brings a wealth of leadership experience and expertise to her post.  Most recently, she worked with Motorola as Director of Customer Advocacy, Training, and Technical Publications. Her previous experience includes executive roles within AT&T in sales, marketing, quality, customer care, training, contract negotiations, major project implementations and Profit & Loss accountabilities. She began her career with Michigan Bell in Detroit, with several General Motors' divisions as her customers.

Brooks is committed to advancing the Girl Scout Movement and promoting the mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. "The Girl Scouts are a top-notch organization and this is an unbelievable opportunity to make a difference on so many levels."

In addition to holding baccalaureate degrees in English, Advertising and Communications from Michigan State University, Brooks earned her Master's degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and also completed the prestigious Duke University Fuqua School of Business Advanced Management Program. The daughter of a career Air Force family, Brooks considers volunteerism and service an important part of her life. She serves on the USO World Board of Governors and as a USO Foundation Director, and she was Co-Site Lead for Motorola's Women's Business Council (Horsham Chapter). Long-time New Jersey residents, Brooks and her husband are the parents of twins, a son and daughter, who are currently studying in college.

Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey has regional service centers in Montclair, North Branch and Westfield.  Ensuring that all members have quality services, professional staff members and appropriate resources available in close proximity is key to improving services for girls and adult volunteers.