Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) has named Lane D. Cook as its new Chief Executive Officer of the council following a thorough national search. Cook is a senior executive with more than two decades of non-profit experience.
Cook will replace Marcia Cole, who announced her retirement to the council’s Board of Directors in January 2014. Cole will work with Cook for a brief period of time to transition the operations to Cook’s new leadership.
Cook, who will assume her new position on November 10, was most recently Vice President of Advancement at Alexander Youth Network in Charlotte, N.C., where she was responsible for the development of fundraising and volunteer services, as well as strengthening staff structure. Under her leadership, the organization exceeded its annual fundraising goal each of the last two fiscal years.
Although she spent much of her career focused on non-profit work, Cook said, the draw was compelling for her to work in a non-profit organization that has a focus on girls.
“I am excited to lead GSCP2P and to bring the Girl Scout leadership experience to more girls, engaging more adult volunteers to serve as role models and creating innovative and effective programming that will keep Girl Scouting relevant and exciting for the next generation,” Cook said. “I look forward to working with the council’s dedicated staff, volunteers and board members to ensure the council can maximize revenue streams and develop new ventures that provide financial sustainability.”
April Broadway, board member who led the CEO search committee, said “In Lane we have found a strategic leader who understands that Girl Scouting is more than camps, crafts and cookies. Her strengths are the qualities GSCP2P needs right now: commitment to exemplary customer service, strong financial management, expertise in multi-site operations, team-building and staff development, and an authentic commitment to our mission. A difficult decision with several exceptional candidates, I am confident in the board’s choice to appoint Lane as the next Chief Executive Officer.”
Previously, Cook was Vice President, Legacy Giving and Advisor Relations from 2010 to 2011 and Vice President, Development from 2007 to 2010 at Foundation for the Carolinas, where she supervised and supported the Foundation’s development efforts across a 12-county region and raised more than $7.5 million in new gifts, resulting from more than 400 face-to-face visits and group presentations.
Prior to her career at the Foundation, Cook served as Deputy Director for Institutional Advancement Culture & Heritage Museums in Rock Hill, S.C. She executed daily operations of a $60.4 million capital campaign and served as primary liaison to campaign volunteer steering committees and teams. She has additional experience in non-profit fundraising as the Vice President for Resource Development from 1998 to 2003 for Alexander Children’s Center, now Alexander Youth Network. From 1996 to 1998, she served as Development Director for Presbyterian Hospital Foundation, and from 1994 to 1996 as Senior Staff Associate at United Way of Central Carolinas.
Cook’s volunteer experience includes serving as a board member for the York County Community Foundation, a tutor and lunch buddy for several children at Alexander Youth Network, and past Vice Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Charlotte Chapter. She also has served as a troop leader for Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council since 2009.
Cook holds a master’s degree in business administration from Wake Forest University and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of South Carolina. She also earned a Financial Planner Program Certificate from Queens University.
A native of South Carolina, Cook currently resides in Fort Mill, South Carolina, with her husband, Michael. They have two daughters – Cate and Caroline.