Girl Scouts Names Chief Operations Officer
August 15, 2018 — Girl Scouts San Diego has named Jaya Cummaragunta, MBA, PMP to the position of chief operations officer. She will oversee the finance, human resources, property, and IT departments for the organization, which serves 23,000 members in San Diego and Imperial counties.
Cummaragunta spent 11 years at the WD-40 Company in business, project, and portfolio management; global innovation; and research and development. Prior to that, she did marketing, product management, research, and development for Earthbound Farm and Fresh Express/Chiquita Brands International, both located in Northern California. Most recently, Cummaragunta was COO for alumni at the University of California, San Diego, where she provided leadership to execute innovative approaches to engaging with alumni and students.
"The COO search committee was impressed by Jaya's diversity of experience within the corporate world and higher education," said Girl Scouts San Diego CEO Carol Dedrich. "She has a big picture vision and impressive record of innovating, improving processes, and executing successful solutions."
"I am passionate about empowering girls to become leaders, and look forward to supporting Girl Scouts' mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place," said Cummaragunta.
Cummaragunta is certified as a project management professional (PMP). She earned an MBA at Santa Clara University; a Master of Science degree in horticulture at the University of Maryland, College Park; and a bachelor's degree in horticulture at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore, India.
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouting provides America's premier leadership experience for girls, where they discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place. Girl Scouts San Diego was established in 1917. It provides activities for more than 35,000 girl and adult members, trains volunteers, and maintains program and service facilities in Balboa Park, Escondido and Carlsbad and two camps in the Cuyamaca Mountains.