Girls Inc. of Albany hires new executive director

The Board of Trustees of Girls Inc. of Albany is pleased to announce Sherrell Alexander as the new executive director of the award-winning, nonprofit organization. She will assume her officials duties on October 29.

Alexander is a native of Albany and a graduate of Westover High School and Georgia State University. She has a strong background in fund development and marketing, two priority areas for the organization. She most recently utilized these skills in positions at Albany State University and the Parks at Chehaw.

"We are confident in Sherrell's ability to take Girls Inc. of Albany to a new level, and excited to have on board someone who is dedicated to empowering girls to reach their potential," said Bárbara Rivera Holmes, president of the Girls Inc. Board of Trustees.

"Our organization is known throughout the community, region and the Girls Inc. network as one that is fiscally responsible and whose solid, data-backed programming molds girls to be strong, smart and bold. Sherrell will continue to tell and strengthen that story."

"I am both humbled and honored to be given the opportunity to serve as the executive director of Girls Inc. of Albany, and I am thrilled to take Girls Inc. to new heights," Alexander said. "The board of trustees, Girls Inc. staff, and, most importantly, the members of Girls Inc., have warmly welcomed me into the family."

Girls Inc. of Albany has a 100 percent high school graduation rate, with many members going on to post-secondary education institutions. The girls-centric organization is a leader in teen pregnancy prevention as well as underage drinking and drug abuse prevention. Most recently, Girls Inc. of Albany was honored as a White House Champion of Change for its work in substance abuse prevention. Girls Inc. of Albany is the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce's 2012 Nonprofit of the Year.

Colleen Sullivan, an executive member of the Girls Inc. board, chaired the executive director search committee, which was comprised of current and past Girls Inc. trustees.