Narragansett Boy Scouts organization hires first female COO

WARWICK – The Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday Tiffany Bumgardner-Scheffler was hired as the group’s first-ever female chief operating officer and director of field service.

Bumgardner-Scheffler, who assumed the role Jan. 15, joined the council in 2015 as its development director – the first female to hold that position as well. In this role, she wrote and directed more than 50 foundation and grant proposals, ran three large-scale annual events and multiple fundraising campaigns.

“Over the last two years, Tiffany has proven herself over and over as a successful fundraiser and leader to our volunteer committees,” said Scout Executive and CEO Tim McCandless in a statement. “We are excited for her new leadership role and we know she will continue to increase our youth membership.”

Currently, the NCBSA serves 10,242 Scouts from Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts and southern Connecticut. As COO and director of field service, Bumgardner-Scheffler will be responsible for new Scout recruitment, the establishment of new units and growth of the Narragansett Council.

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Before relocating to New England, in 2006 Bumgardner-Scheffler started her Boy Scouts career as district executive in Kansas City, Mo., then later as the Northeast Illinois Council’s district director. She attended Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where she studied public affairs administration with an emphasis on nonprofit administration and is a certified nonprofit professional by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

Emily Gowdey-Backus is a staff writer for PBN. You can follow her on Twitter @FlashGowdey or contact her via email, gowdey-backus@pbn.com.