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Lise L. Luttgens
Chief Executive Officer,
Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles
Lise L. Luttgens was appointed the first chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA), assuming her role when the six Los Angeles-area legacy Girl Scout councils merged in December 2008.
With a mission to bring renewed membership growth and financial stability to the Girl Scout Movement at GSGLA by building a talented management team and Board of Directors, engaging GSGLA volunteers, and forging and enhancing relationships within the Los Angeles community, Lise is keenly focused on building a strong council that effectively serves its girl and adult members.
Lise devotes her time to inspiring others and raising awareness about today’s Girl Scout Leadership Experience. GSGLA shapes girl leaders today and for the future by helping girls discover themselves, connect with others and take action to make the world a better place. Under Lise’s leadership, together with Board Chair Betsey Brewer, the council strives to create unique opportunities for girls throughout the diverse Los Angeles landscape, with an emphasis on girls in underserved areas.
GSGLA serves over 40,000 Girl Scouts in partnership with more than 23,000 volunteers throughout the greater Los Angeles community and parts of Kern, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties. The council is the largest girl-serving nonprofit agency in Los Angeles County. Nationally, GSGLA is the fifth largest of 112 Girl Scout councils, based upon total membership.
Lise’s career as the CEO of GSGLA is featured in Women Leaders at Work: Untold Tales of Women Achieving Their Ambitions by Elizabeth Ghaffari (2011) and in 2012 she was nominated as CEO of the Year and Rising Star of the Year for the LA Business Journal’s Women Making a Difference Awards. In December 2012, PBS SoCal selected Lise as a Community Champion and featured her as a special guest in the PBS documentary "MAKERS: Women Who Make America."
Lise previously was principal and founder of Luttgens & Associates, Inc., an executive coaching and consulting firm specializing in nonprofit and health care organizations in transition. In her consulting capacity, she served as interim CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California, where she helped unify six operating entities into a single organization. From 2003 to 2005, she served as chief operating officer for the Fulfillment Fund serving students in the L.A. Unified School District.
In her 30 years as a hospital administrator, Lise served as chief operating officer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) where her key accomplishments included implementing a quality management system, leading cost restructuring efforts, and overseeing the planning and construction of the $67 million Marion and John Anderson Building. She has also served as CEO of the Doheny Eye Hospital and chief operating officer of the Doheny Eye Institute at the USC-Keck School of Medicine. In the ’90s she began her career in Los Angeles at the UCLA Medical Center where she served as associate director of the professional services areas.
A Girl Scout while growing up in San Francisco, Lise received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Beloit College in Wisconsin, a master’s degree in public health (hospital administration) from Yale University’s School of Medicine, and an advanced fellowship in academic medical center administration from the University of Michigan. She completed the executive management program from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management and received certification from the College of Executive Coaching. Lise is also past president of the Organization of Women Executives and she served as vice president of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House, completing an eight-year term in 2008, when she received the Kim Hall Award for Outstanding Service.
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