Noorain F. Khan, GSUSA National Board member and esteemed nonprofit leader, has been elected to the position
As GSUSA’s National Board President, Noorain Fatima Khan will lead the organization for the 2023–2026 triennium, starting July 19, 2023. An alumna of Girl Scouts and the first Muslim American and millennial member of the board, Khan is an inspiration to girls, volunteers, and staff of the organization.
Khan joins a distinguished group of past National Board Presidents dating back to Girl Scouting’s founder, Juliette Gordon Low, with her appointment as the highest-ranking volunteer member in the Movement.
Known for her deep expertise across philanthropic public and private sectors, Khan is a highly respected and recognized leader in her field.
Khan currently oversees global discretionary grantmaking for the Ford Foundation and leads cross-foundational strategic initiatives. In 2020, she served as a key partner on the foundation’s historic $1 billion social bond offering, which drove significant investment in organizations fighting COVID-19 and systemic racism. Her efforts led Ford to become the largest private funder of disability rights in the world. In addition to her work on disability rights, she was the subject of a Harvard case study on the role of social sector leadership in the sector.
Khan has received the Movement’s highest honor, the National Gold Award. In addition to being a Girl Scout lifetime member, she is also a Juliette Gordon Low Society member, and she has served the Girl Scout Movement locally, nationally, and globally. She served as Second Vice President of the GSUSA National Board from 2020 to 2023 and co-chaired the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Racial Justice Advisory Committee. From 2017 to 2020, Khan served as GSUSA National Board Secretary.
A former senior policy advisor on the National Economic Council at the White House and chief of staff for the education nonprofit Teach for All, Khan began her career in corporate law at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Licensed to practice law in New York State, she is a member of the bar association. The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, New York Women’s Foundation, and Pillars Fund are just a few of the nonprofits she has served on. A former member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Noorain has appeared on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list.
PD Soros Fellow at Yale Law School, MPhil Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and BA from Rice University, she received her JD and MPhil from Yale Law School. Rice University’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality awarded Khan its Distinguished Alumna Award for outstanding contributions to the Rhodes Trust. A mother of two young children, she resides in Washington, DC.
During Khan’s tenure as National Board President, he will lead a 30-member National Board of Directors that represents the diversity of this country and the Girl Scout Movement. Girls Scouts play a vital role in their communities, and these individuals are deeply committed to their success. GSUSA’s National Board oversees the organization’s governance, legal, and fiduciary responsibilities. Additionally, the National Board Development Committee includes five non-board members who work in partnership with the National Board.
She succeeds Karen P. Layng, who served as National Board President between 2020 and 2023.
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