Patricia A. Burkart:
Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania
Patricia A. Burkart, chief executive officer at Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA), has been a key player in the Girl Scouts’ partnership with the Student Conservation Association. A dedicated and passionate leader in the Girl Scout movement for the last 16 years, Burkart served from 2003 to 2008 as executive director of the Keystone Tall Tree (KTT) Girl Scout Council, supporting girls and volunteers in 13 counties in western Pennsylvania. In 2008, she was an integral member of the committee that successfully merged KTT and four other Girl Scout councils to create GSWPA, which now serves nearly 21,000 girls and more than 11,000 adult members from 27 counties.
With more than 30 years’ experience providing and managing human services, Burkart is known for her ability to deliver optimum client services, develop and implement strategic plans, and achieve annual growth. Prior to joining Girl Scouts, Burkart worked for 18 years in a variety of leadership positions supporting individuals with special needs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.