Jan. 5, 2022 By Christian Murray
Jimmy Van Bramer, whose term in the city council ended Friday, started work Monday as a member of the executive team at the Girl Scouts of Greater New York.
“The Girl Scouts of Greater New York is thrilled to announce that Jimmy Van Bramer has joined our leadership team as Chief Growth and Strategic Partnerships Officer,” the non-profit said in a statement.
“In his new role, Van Bramer will support the organization’s efforts to continue expanding access to Girl Scouting and work towards our vision of a New York City in which every girl feels empowered to lead in her community, workplace, and the world,” the organization said.
Van Bramer, in an interview with the Queens Post Tuesday, said that he was “thrilled” to join the nonprofit.
“I have a long history with the organization,” he said. “My six sisters were all girl scouts…and when I was a council member I interacted with a lot of our local troops.”
He added: “I believe wholeheartedly in the organization’s mission. When this opportunity presented itself, I thought it was a perfect fit in every way. I wanted to do something that was still social justice oriented… such as fighting for equity for girls and young women at a great organization.”
Van Bramer said that he developed a close relationship with the nonprofit while in office, including with Meredith Maskara, the chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York who lives in Sunnyside.
The former council member played a central role in the formation of a troop for homeless girls, called Troop 6000.
The troop, which was launched in 2017, was formed after Girl Scouts from the Sunnyside/Woodside area served a Thanksgiving dinner at a homeless shelter in Long Island City. Van Bramer, who was in attendance, suggested a troop for the girls at the shelter.
The troop got its 6000 name since each troop has a number that pertains to a New York City borough, with the 1000s in the Bronx, 2000 in Brooklyn, etc.
Van Bramer has taken on a broad role at the nonprofit. He said he aims to enhance the partnerships the organization has with the public and private sector, as well as bring in more resources through work with foundations.
The former council member built a number of relationships while he was in office that the Girl Scouts are likely to utilize.
Van Bramer was in office from 2010-2021. Prior to serving in the council, he was the chief external affairs officer for the Queens Public Library.