Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX) announced today that Shelley Clifford Brophy, Senior Program Manager, Core Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness team at Google and long-time supporter of the organization, has been elected as President and Chair of the Board of Directors. Shelley replaces Nicole Schwartz Nett, who will step down from her two-year term as Board Chair.
Growing up in Trinidad and Tobago, Shelley experienced first-hand the life changing benefits of participating in Girl Scouts, a movement dedicated to giving girls of all backgrounds the skills, attitudes, and beliefs to embrace leadership in their own lives and in the world. For Shelley, Girl Scouts offered a life-changing experience, providing a sense of belonging and acceptance that she treasures to this day. Shelley went on to receive degrees from both Yale and Columbia University. In her professional career, Shelley developed and led programs to increase diversity and recruit under-represented groups to the Yale School of Management and the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin before joining Google, where she continues to support diversity and inclusion efforts, among other responsibilities.
With a deep personal commitment to increasing access and belonging for people of all cultures and backgrounds, Shelley will strengthen Girl Scouts' continued development of equitable opportunities for all girls in central Texas communities. Shelley has served on the Board of Girl Scouts of Central Texas since 2017, is currently a member of the Executive Committee, and past chair of the Council Board Development Committee.
“I give my time as a board member because I fundamentally believe that the way forward for the world is by having strong and powerful women as our leaders. This includes girls of different backgrounds and lived experiences. Girl Scouts is the proven mechanism for the successful cultivation of our women leaders, and I am proud to be able to continue that work with the Girl Scouts of Central Texas and beyond,” said Shelley. “As our world continues to morph, I am fully confident that our girls and young women can make a real difference in ensuring that the world reflects what is best about Girl Scouts−−leaders of courage, confidence, and character.”
Tenets of Girl Scouts of Central Texas strategic plan, led by the Board of Directors, include removing barriers to participation and serving girls in alignment with the needs of the various communities present within the organization’s 46-county jurisdiction. Shelley’s experience leading related efforts throughout her career will bolster Girl Scouts of Central Texas’ continued progress in increasing access to Girl Scouting.