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Lidia Soto-Harmon, Chief Executive Officer

Lidia leads the largest council in the country and serves as the champion for the region's top leadership organization for girls. Girl Scouts Nation's Capital is the largest Council in the country and serves as the area's top leadership organization for girls, with 76,800 girl and adult members (girls in grades K-12). The Council covers the Greater Washington Region, including the District of Columbia and 25 counties in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Lidia is directly responsible for developing strategies that achieve the organization's vision and mission and directs a $16+ million operating budget with 112 employees in six offices, with eight beautiful Girl Scout camps, and a volunteer structure that includes over 24,000 dedicated adults.

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Colleen Cibula, Chief Operating Officer

Colleen Cibula is the Chief Operating Officer for Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital. She is responsible for overseeing the day‐to‐day operations, including direct supervision of the Membership department, Program Services, Adult Volunteer Development and Camping Services. Ms. Cibula joined the Council staff in 2002 as a part-time employee to facilitate the delivery of Girl Scout programming to girls from low-income communities. She has held positions of increasing responsibility. Prior to joining the Council, Ms. Cibula spent 10 years in the non‐profit sector working with at‐risk youth, and an additional 10 years in corporate marketing and public relations. Colleen is a Girl Scout alumna, she served as her daughter’s Girl Scout Brownie and Junior troop leader.  Ms. Cibula resides in Montgomery County, MD.    


Laura Bassett, Chief Financial Officer

Laura Bassett is Chief Financial Officer for Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital, responsible for financial planning and budgeting, record-keeping, contracts, as well as financial reporting for the 15.6M nonprofit organization. She also oversees strategy for the organization’s iconic cookie sale, technology, retail operations, eight camps and six offices.  Laura grew-up as a Girl Scout, rising to the highest level of achievement, known at the time as First Class, (today, called the Gold Award). She is committed to strengthening the organization while using resources wisely, in order to bring the leadership program to more girls. Previous to joining the Girl Scout team, Laura had a long career leading financial departments in the publishing industry, previously working for Sunset Publishing Corp, Gannett, and a host of independent newspapers. She received her MBA in Finance from Santa Clara University and Bachelors in Finance from the University of Massachusetts. Along with her strong expertise in finance, Ms. Bassett is dedicated to the mission of the Girl Scout organization, volunteering as a troop leader and in the cookie program. Laura resides in Oakton, VA with her husband. She is active in her community, previously serving on the Superintendent’s Community Advisory Council for Fairfax County public schools.