A lifelong Alaskan and former commissioner of administration of Alaska has been named as the new chief executive officer for the Girl Scouts of Alaska.

Leslie Ridle, a former Girl Scout herself, will begin her role as CEO in February.

"I am eager to work with girls, volunteers, and the dedicated staff to help girls in Alaska develop leadership skills, give back to their communities, and have fun while doing so," Ridle said.

Ridle, who grew up in Douglas and Anchorage, started her career as an eighth-grade teacher at Gruening Middle School in Eagle River. According to a release from the Girl Scouts of Alaska, Ridle was also the director of former Gov. Tony Knowles' office and deputy chief of staff for former Sen. Mark Begich.

Current CEO for the Girls Scouts of Alaska Sue Perles says the organization has grown recently including a statewide Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) center. She says the Alaska Girl Scout council is one of the fastest growing in the nation.

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