A: I was a Brownie, and my mom was our Troop Leader! I always admired the girls who continued onto Cadettes and Ambassadors and those who completed their Silver and Gold Awards; circumstances made that impossible for me. I have great memories of our troop meetings at the town hall in Bridgewater, N.Y. (just south of Utica) where I grew up and marching in parades.
Meet the CEO
Energetic, engaging, dedicated. Since childhood, Brenda’s vision has always been to make the world a better place by improving the skills and mindsets of those she meets.
She has lived that vision with nearly 20 years of experience in the non-profit field and more than 15 years of experience in senior leadership roles.
With a track record of developing innovative initiatives and community outreach programs, Episcopo possesses a history of directing non-profit agencies with a focus on growth, engagement, and collaboration for the advancement of that agency.
Among her many talents are that of an influential problem solver, excellent public speaker, and motivational mentor. By implementing strategic approaches to time-tested business principles, she is able to leverage increased funding while winning engagement among employees, volunteers, and community stakeholders.
Brenda has a Masters of Science degree in Applied Sociology from the State University of New York. She is a graduate of an exclusive Executive Leadership Development Program.
Her extensive success has led to the honors of Salute to Outstanding Women, NYS Women Inc. Mohawk Valley Chapter Woman of the Year, Accent on Excellence, Follow the Leader, 40 Under 40 Awards, and installation to the Mount Markham Central School Hall of Fame.
Brenda is a year-round outdoor enthusiast and volunteers her time advocating for the protection of wildlife and wildlands. She has a grown son and lives in Albany, NY with her husband Matthew and black lab Rocky.
Q & A with Brenda
Q: Were you a Girl Scout as a child?
Q: What drew you to Girl Scouts and this position?
Q: What are your first priorities as you take on this role?
Q: What’s your vision for GSNENY for the next three to five years?
Q: What do you think girls gain by being a Girl Scout?
Q: What impact do you think role models have on girls? Do you think they look towards successful women to inspire them?