Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay hires Claudia Peña Porretti as CEO

SALISBURY, Md. – A local woman is making history on the Eastern Shore.

Claudia Peña Porretti was recently appointed CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay making her not only the first Hispanic and black woman to hold the position, but also the first person of color to do so.

Porretti said she is honored, but she also believes there is a lot of work to be done.

Coming from a mixed Cuban family, she said she is a fierce advocate for the Latino community and right now she believes there is not enough diversity of girl scouts on Delmarva.

That is why she wants to bring more opportunities for low-income families and people of all ethnicities to join Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay.

She said there are new plans to hire more bilingual staff and volunteers to help.

According to her, these families usually have no access to transportation especially in some rural areas.

That is why she also plans to expand programs that provide more opportunities for girls in any community.

“Right now, we don’t have as many girls of color as we would like to,” said Porretti.

“We don’t have as much diversity as we know that’s out there, and we trust that the parents know what’s best for their girls, but we want to broaden and to do a lot of outreach,” said Porretti.

Porretti also said that the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay will enhance their camping experience.

In regards to the Boy Scouts of America adding girls to their programs, she said she trusts parents will make the right decision to work with Girl Scouts of the USA instead, especially with so many years of expertise.

Porretti was also the Executive Director for the community center La Esperanza in Georgetown and a member of the Delaware Hispanic Commission.

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