Girl Scouts River Valleys Announces New Chief People Officer, Dr. Kevin Koobmeej Xiong

For the first time in its history, the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin has a full-time chief people officer, the Star Tribune reports.

Dr. Kevin Xiong, who started on Sept.

18, will be responsible for the hiring, compensation, benefits, and retention of Girl Scouts River Valleys' 138 employees.

"He is a 'people first' leader who is comfortable bringing his whole self to work, which will encourage safe spaces for all our employees to do the same," Girl Scouts River Valleys CEO Marisa Williams says in a press release.

Xiong, who has 20 years of human resources experience, began his career in recruiting and talent management before moving on to nonprofit leadership roles, including four years at the Hmong American Partnership, the largest immigrant and refugee social services organization in the Twin Cities.

He's also held positions at New Millennium Academy, one of six Hmong charter schools in the Twin Cities, as well as on the board of MoCHA, overseeing four charter schools, and as one of seven human rights commissioners for the City of Brooklyn Park, a position appointed by city council members and the mayor.

Girl Scouts River Valleys is one of 111 Girl Scout councils that make up the national Girl Scout Movement, sharing the mission to build girls of courage, confidence

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