CEO Natasha Hemmings, MPA

Natasha L. Hemmings is Chief Executive Office for the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ) and is the first African American woman in the council’s history to lead the organization.

Prior to becoming CEO, she served as the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey. A long-time advocate of girl empowerment and leadership, she is an active Lifetime Member of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

As CEO, Natasha holds the most senior leadership role with significant strategic and supervisory responsibilities for the second largest Girl Scout Council in the state, with an annual budget of over $9.5M. She plays a critical role in sharing the inspirational stories of Girl Scouts in the state, and now around the world - inspiring girls of every age and families of every culture to join.

Natasha has a deep passion for issues pertaining to women, girls, diversity, equity and inclusivity, and has focused her community service and professional efforts in very specific areas:

  • Girl Scout Co-Leader for over ten years in the urban community of Plainfield, serving a multi-level, multi-cultural troop of 32 girls.
  • Speaker for the United States Department of State, having traveled to Saudi Arabia delivering training on Girl Leadership, Service and Women’s Empowerment.
  • Served on GSUSA’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Racial Justice Steering Committee, and National Marketing & Communications Advisory Committees.
  • Diamond Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Treasurer and Vice President of the Barbados-American Charitable Organization of NJ.
  • Professor at Rutgers University and Member of the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration Alumni Advisory Board

Natasha has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Leadership from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Theater from Trenton State College, and earned Executive Non-Profit Leadership and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Certificates from Fairleigh Dickinson and Cornell University.

Active in multiple charitable organizations and committees, she was elected Vice President to the Plainfield Area YMCA Branch Board and served on the Syneos Health Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council.

Natasha holds dear her connection to family and attributes all her success to the unwavering support of her parents, and children Naomi and Chelsea.