December 18, 2018
Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass. Names Advancement Chief

Cari Palmer Lord
September 12, 2017 — Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, a Boston nonprofit that serves girls throughout eastern Massachusetts, today announced that it has named Cari Palmer Lord as its chief advancement officer.

Palmer Lord will oversee fundraising and marketing teams of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEMA), shaping fund development strategy and guiding communication to local communities and stakeholders.

“Cari Palmer Lord is a great addition to our executive team, given her expertise in strengthening nonprofits through increased philanthropy,” said Patricia Parcellin, GSEMA's chief executive officer. “Her leadership style, commitment to our mission, and expertise in connecting donors to meaningful giving opportunities, will help position our council for the next phase of growth so that we can serve more girls.”

Palmer Lord, herself a Girl Scout alumna, has more than 20 years of professional leadership and nonprofit management experience. She served six years as director of development and advancement at Bridgewell in Danvers, one of the state's largest non-profit human services organizations, where she built a philanthropic division.

For the last two years, she operated as interim director while simultaneously managing nonprofit and cultural organizations as an independent consultant. Her services included fundraising, marketing and communications, organizational assessment, board relations, and executive searches.

Previously, Palmer Lord served as senior associate at Copley Harris, consulting in fundraising, communications, and strategic planning for clients throughout New England; and as executive director of the Newburyport Maritime Society, helping to revitalize the organization through operational improvements.

Palmer Lord earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian and fine arts from the State University of New York at Albany, and a Masters of Science in business from Lesley University.

GSEMA, the tenth largest Girl Scout council in the United States, serves 35,000 girls in grades K-12 and engages more than 15,000 adult volunteers in 178 communities across eastern Massachusetts with the mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character.

For the year ending Sept.30, 2015, GSEMA reported $16.7 million in revenue, of which $1.9 million came from contributions and grants, and $13.0 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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