Judy Vredenburgh – former president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America – has been named president and CEO at Girls Inc., a national nonprofit youth organization that advocates and supports programming for the uplift of girls. Vredenburgh left BBBSA last summer after 10 years, saying it was time to move home to New York to be with her husband. Girls Inc. is based in New York City.
Vredenburgh will begin in her new role on June 1 as she replaces Joyce M. Roché, who is retiring at the end of May after nearly 10 years at Girls Inc.
“She is a wonderful woman and has all the leadership qualities we need to guide the organization to even greater accomplishments,” Girls Inc. board chairwoman Bridgette Heller said in a statement about Vredenburgh.
Vredenburgh served as president and CEO of Philadelphia-based Big Brothers Big Sisters of America from 1999 to 2009. She is credited with expanding the organization’s reach from 118,000 to 255,000, an expansion that was accompanied by an increase in revenue from $171 million to $290 million.
Previously, Vredenburgh served as senior VP strategic marketing and revenue development for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. She holds a master of business administration degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Vredenburgh said in a statement posted in Girls Inc.’s web site that she was honored by her appointment and that she has long held a deep passion for the organization’s work with girls.
“It is wonderful now to have the chance to devote myself full time to the mission of inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold,” she said, using the organization’s mantra.