Rose González Pérez,
Chief Executive Officer
After an extensive national search, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT) has selected Rose González Pérez to serve as its 12th chief executive officer effective April 12, 2012. A Girl Scout alumna, Pérez has always wanted to be an example for her family and her community. After pursuing degrees in education, Pérez wanted to do more than teach in one classroom, she wanted to impact a large number of children.
For more than 20 years, Pérez has worked in a variety of leadership roles within the Girl Scout organization in San Antonio and Dallas and is an expert on membership services, program delivery, fund development, community relations and administration. Prior to being named chief executive officer for GSSWT, Pérez served in the interim position following the departure of then-CEO, Anna Maria Chávez, who accepted the role of CEO for Girl Scouting’s national organization in August 2011. Pérez was the organization’s chief external affairs officer and oversaw $1.4 million in individual, corporate, foundation and government contributions. She was also responsible for the organization’s alumnae association, special events and advocacy efforts on behalf of girls.
“It was a career path and a leadership journey that was meant to be,” says Pérez, “when the opportunity came up to become an employee for Girl Scouts and impact the lives of girls…that just applied to me. I want to be a role model for them and show girls what is possible whether you are a mother, entrepreneur, community leader, or working to provide for your family.”
Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT) serves nearly 30,000 girl and adult members in its 21-county area. Headquartered at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center in San Antonio, GSSWT has an annual budget of $5.5 million and employs 72 full and part-time staff. Facilities include the newly constructed leadership center, two camp properties in the Texas Hill Country, and nine satellite centers in outlying areas.
A former small business owner in her hometown of Mathis, Texas, Pérez actively volunteers for the American Cancer Society and the Relay for Life. She is passionate about raising cancer awareness and has received numerous awards for her fundraising efforts. Pérez is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Parent Teacher Association, and volunteers at her church.
Pérez holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a B.S. in Education from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and a Certification in Non-profit Management from Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. She resides in San Antonio with her two sons, Aaron, age 14, and Marcos, age 11.