Paquin To Lead Points Of Light

Natalye Paquin will be the next CEO of Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.

The Board of Directors of the Points of Light announced its selection yesterday and Paquin will lead the organization starting in September. For the past two years, she has served as chief transformation officer at Girl Scouts of the USA in New York City where she has led a national transformational strategy.

Paquin also is a former CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, one of the largest councils in the nation, where she was successful in growing revenue and engaging partners in new strategies that resulted in significant investments in programming, according to a press release announcing her appointment. She previously served as a civil rights attorney with the United States Department of Education and also in legal and executive roles in both the Philadelphia and Chicago public school systems.

Paquin brings “extensive experience in nonprofit leadership, education and civil rights to the role, as well as a skilled hand at working with large networks and volunteer organizations – all key to the Points of Light mission,” said Neil Bush, chairman of the Points of Light board of directors. “Her undisputed passion for good, demonstrated leadership skills and commitment to action make her an exceptional choice to lead and build on the legacy of Points of Light as an organization that gets things done,” he said.

Paquin has served in numerous volunteer leadership roles and currently is a trustee of Rosemont College and a board member of the national advisory board of The Salvation Army.

Founded in 1990, Atlanta, Ga.-based Point of Light has affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations. It engages more than 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. It was created in response to President George H.W. Bush inaugural address, invoking the vision of a “thousands points of light.”

Paquin will succeed Tracy Hoover, who announced in January that she would step down as CEO this year, allowing for a transition period while the board engaged in an executive search. Hoover joined HandsOn Atlanta in 1995 and was CEO of the local organization when the HandsOn Network merged with Points of Light Foundation in 2007. She has led Points of Light since 2013 after taking over for Michelle Nunn, who stepped aside to run for U.S. Senate in Georgia. Hoover will remain in the role through the transition.

Points of Light reported $24.13 million in revenue last year, against $24.82 million in expenses, in the fiscal year ending September 2015, the most recent Form 990 available. As CEO that year, Hoover earned total annual compensation of $332,944, including base compensation of $309,474.