Girls Inc. Board of Directors Appoints Judy Vredenburgh as President and CEO

Seasoned Youth-Development Leader to Guide 145-Year-Old Nonprofit Committed to Inspiring All Girls to Be Strong, Smart, and BoldSM.

New York, NY (April 26, 2010)-Bridgette Heller, Chair of the Board of Directors of Girls Incorporated, announced that, after an exhaustive search, the organization has appointed Judy Vredenburgh as President and CEO to replace Joyce M. Roché, who is retiring at the end of May after nearly ten years of dedicated service.  Ms. Vredenburgh will begin in her new role on June 1.

"I am thrilled that Judy is joining Girls Inc. to help us chart the course for the coming years," said Ms. Heller.  "She is a wonderful woman and has all the leadership qualities we need to guide the organization to even greater accomplishments."

Ellen Stafford-Sigg, Vice Chair of the Girls Inc. Board, chaired the Search Committee, which worked with The Phillips' Oppenheim Group to identify, review, and interview a large, diverse pool of candidates.  Ms. Vredenburgh was recommended by the Search Committee as the candidate with the qualifications best suited to the needs of the organization, and her appointment was approved by the entire Board of Directors.

Ms. Vredenburgh served as President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America from 1999 to 2009.  During that time, she led the organization in unprecedented expansion of services and revenue growth: the number of children the organization served more than doubled, from 118,000 to 255,000, and its revenue increased from $171 million to $290 million (this includes National and affiliate revenue).  Prior to BBBS, Ms. Vredenburgh was Senior VP Strategic Marketing and Revenue Development for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.  Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, she spent over 20 years in the retail industry.  She holds an M.B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

"I am honored to have this opportunity to take over from Joyce, whom I so deeply respect and admire," said Ms. Vredenburgh, "and to lead an organization for whose work I have such a profound passion.  Throughout my career, I have mentored girls and young women as part of my personal commitment to empowering the next generation of women leaders.  It is wonderful now to have the chance to devote myself full time to the mission of inspiring girls to be strong, smart, and bold."   

"I met Judy not long after I joined Girls Inc.," reflected Ms. Roché, "and always found her to be smart, warm, and fully committed to supporting the positive development of youth.  I believe she is just the right leader for Girls Inc. as we begin a new strategic planning process that will define our direction for the coming years."

"My colleagues on the Girls Inc. Board and I are committed to redoubling our efforts to support the organization," added Ms. Heller, "to ensure a smooth leadership transition that will help deliver on the promise and the full potential of this great organization."

Girls Incorporated® is a nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and boldSM through a network of local organizations in the United States and Canada.  With local roots dating to 1864 and national status in the U.S. since 1945, Girls Inc. responds to the changing needs of girls and their communities through research-based programs and advocacy that empower girls to reach their full potential and to understand, value, and assert their rights.  In 2008, Girls Inc. reached over 900,000 girls through Girls Inc. affiliates, our website, and educational publications.