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Greater New York Councils – Boy Scouts of America Names Saroya Friedman–Gonzalez as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Scout Executive

Lindauer was proud to partner with the Greater New York Councils – Boy Scouts of America in the search for its new President, Chief Executive Officer, and Scout Executive. Congratulations to Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez on her appointment.

The Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America (GNYC) has announced that, beginning November 9, 2022, Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez will serve as the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Scout Executive for the 8,000 Scouts and Explorers and over 2,200 adult volunteers in the five boroughs of New York City.

Friedman-Gonzalez has a 23-year history supporting local communities in the non-profit sector. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director for New Yorkers For Children (NYFC), a New York City-based nonprofit organization that provides direct scholarship programs to over 1,000 New York City foster youth annually. In her capacity as Executive Director, she worked with local government and community partners to secure millions of dollars and manage over 30 grants with promising program practices in the field of NYC child welfare.

Prior to working with New Yorkers for Children, Saroya served as Managing Vice President for the National Urban League’s (NUL) Workforce Development Division. While serving in that role she was appointed to the United States Department of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Registered Apprenticeships from 2012 to 2016. A native New Yorker, she received her MPA and MSW from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Science from Skidmore College.

“Saroya’s deep experience and passion for serving youth perfectly align with the mission of the Greater New York Councils,” said Mark Carawan, board chair for GNYC. “Her background and perspective reflect the increasing diversity of the Scouts, and we welcome her skill and knowledge as we provide critical support to the city’s youth.”

As the Scout Executive of GNYC, Friedman-Gonzalez will manage all GNYC business and programmatic elements throughout the five boroughs of New York City, including fundraising, government relations, staffing, and the recruitment and training of volunteers. She will seek to further expand youth leadership development opportunities, after-school educational enhancement, environmental education, career preparedness and relationships with law enforcement and emergency response agencies throughout the city.

“I am excited by the many opportunities for us to grow Scouting throughout the city, serving New York’s many neighborhoods. GNYC will continue to rise to the challenges facing Scouting and Exploring units while leading the way for the future of Scouting by fostering innovation into our program delivery, building and strengthening our community partnerships, and maintaining a safe and inclusive environment.”

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