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Noorain Fatima Khan, GSUSA’s first Muslim American President

Noorain Fatima Khan makes history as Girl Scouts of the USA's (GSUSA) first Muslim American National Board President

In a groundbreaking announcement, the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) revealed that Noorain Fatima Khan has been elected as the National Board President, making history as the first Muslim American and millennial to hold this esteemed position. With her unparalleled dedication, extensive nonprofit leadership experience, and strong commitment to empowering girls and women, Khan is poised to lead GSUSA through an era of positive change and continued impact.

From Brownie to National Board President

Noorain Fatima Khan’s journey with the Girl Scouts began in the early 1990s when she joined troop 369 in Michigan as a Brownie. Little did she know that those formative experiences would set her on a path of leadership and advocacy. Khan’s deep connection to Girl Scouting stems from the transformative impact it had on her life, instilling confidence, community engagement, and leadership skills. Now, as the National Board President, she aims to ensure that every girl feels a sense of belonging and has opportunities to thrive and lead.

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Record of Remarkable Achievements

Khan’s exceptional career and contributions extend far beyond the Girl Scout Movement. As the current director of the Ford Foundation’s Office of the President, she has overseen significant philanthropic initiatives, including a historic $1 billion social bond offering in 2020 that supported organizations combating COVID-19 and systemic racism. Her dedication to disability rights led Ford to become the world’s largest private funder in this area. Khan’s extraordinary work in the nonprofit sector has earned her accolades, including a place on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

Leading with Experience and Expertise

With an impressive educational background that includes a JD from Yale Law School and an MPhil from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, Khan brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to her role. Her career began in corporate law and extended to policy advisory at the White House and as chief of staff at Teach for All, showcasing her diverse expertise and commitment to making a positive impact.

Championing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As a vocal advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Khan served as Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Racial Justice Advisory Committee on the GSUSA National Board. Her vision for a more inclusive and welcoming Girl Scout Movement resonates deeply with the organization’s core values, ensuring that every girl feels represented and celebrated.

Inspiring the Next Generation

Khan’s appointment as the highest-ranking volunteer member in Girl Scouting sets an inspiring example for girls worldwide. Her passion and determination to empower young women to pursue their dreams and make a difference in their communities will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on the organization’s members, volunteers, and staff.

Guided by a Strong Board of Directors

At the helm of a 30-member National Board of Directors, Khan leads a diverse and committed team dedicated to fostering girls’ success. Reflecting the richness of America’s diversity, the board brings together experts from various backgrounds who understand the vital role that Girl Scouts plays in shaping the next generation of leaders.

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Noorain Fatima Khan’s election as National Board President of the Girl Scouts of the USA marks a momentous occasion in the organization’s history. Her passion, leadership, and unwavering commitment to empowering girls and women position her as a true trailblazer and a role model for the Girl Scout Movement and beyond. Under her guidance, the Girl Scouts are poised to continue their mission of nurturing girls of courage, confidence, and character, ensuring a brighter future for generations to come.