PORT WASHINGTON, NY (June 22, 2021)—Girl Scouts of Nassau County recently elected its Board of Directors Officers, Board of Directors Members-at-Large, and Board Development Committee for the 2021-2023 term during its 56th Annual Meeting. Board Members include Lauren Summa, who was elected to serve as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors. The new board consists of life-long Girl Scouts, community leaders, nonprofit and corporative executives, and many other board veterans. In her role, Ms. Summa will continue to serve the mission to provide leadership, innovation, and constant support to the Girl Scouts of Nassau County Council.
"We are very grateful to have many of our past Board of Directors join us for another term and welcome aboard several new members who we believe will make wonderful additions," said Randell M. Bynum, CEO of Girl Scouts of Nassau County. "This outstanding group of professionals will be invaluable to our organization, as we continue to improve the lives of Girl Scouts in Nassau County."
Ms. Summa is serving her second term as a member-at-large of the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. Ms. Summa was raised in Pittsburgh, PA, where she participated in Girl Scouts at a young age in a troop led by her mother. Her involvement in Girl Scouts instilled in her the importance of challenging yourself to achieve your goals and to push for women to have a seat at the table.
A Dean’s List scholar at Hofstra University, Ms. Summa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism and a Master of Arts degree in speech communication. During her time in college, she was President of the Hofstra University Chapter of the Radio-Television News Directors Association, a member of the Broadcast Education Association, the New York Women’s Agenda, and an advocacy intern at the Women’s Sports Foundation.
Ms. Summa has more than ten years of experience in the public sector. She began her career in politics in 2009 as an aide to State Senator Craig Johnson. As an advocate of women’s issues, she proposed the idea for new legislation (S6894A) sponsored by Senator Johnson, which would require insurance coverage for the HALO breast pap test to detect the risk of developing breast cancer. As a proponent of equality for women and to help gain support for the New York State Fair Pay Act sponsored by Senator Johnson, Ms. Summa came up with the idea of distributing lilies throughout the 7th Senate District at train stations in honor of Lilly Ledbetter. She also worked with OfficeMax on their annual “A Day Made Better” campaign that honors teachers nationwide.
In 2011, Ms. Summa became Supervisor Jon Kaiman’s director of
constituent affairs at the Town of North Hempstead. Currently, she
serves as Supervisor Judi Bosworth’s resident advocate for the Town of
North Hempstead and works tirelessly on constituent issues. Ms. Summa
also empowers young people by mentoring, organizing professional
development events and networking opportunities.
To learn more about Girl Scouts of Nassau County, visit www.gsnc.org/.
We’re the Girl Scouts of Nassau County: We’re 21,000 strong – more than 16,000 girls and 5,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ from Nassau County to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout Troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs in Nassau County, across Long Island and throughout the United States and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.