Girl Scouts make the world a better place and our alums make big impacts in our community. Dr. Frances Colón, a Girl Scout alum and climate policy advocate is emblematic of the power of Girl Scouts. She currently serves as the Senior Director for International Climate Policy at Center for American Progress and is an avid supporter of GSTF. If you attended our Leaning into Leadership event last year or our Climate Summit this year, she was a guest speaker.
Dr. Colon leads a program to drive international ambition and action to meet global mitigation goals, a passion that directly aligns with the Girl Scout mission. Prior to leading this program, she served as the former Deputy Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State where she promoted integration of science and technology into foreign policy dialogues, global advancement of women in science, and climate policy for President Obama’s Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas.
Dr. Colón earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2004 from Brandeis University and her B.S. in Biology in 1997 from the University of Puerto Rico. Colón was a City of Miami Climate Resilience Committee member and a 2020 Yale-OpEd Project Public Voices on the Climate Crisis Fellow. She is a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, and she co-chairs the Academies' Global Science Diplomacy Roundtable.
We recently had an opportunity to learn more about what the Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida means to Dr. Colon. Read on to learn more about how the GSTF family has impacted her life since she was a young girl in Miami.
Were you a Girl Scout and if so, what level?
Yes, I was a Junior.
What is your favorite Girl Scout memory?
My first camping trip in Florida as a Junior was my first real time away from home and family. My Latino parents trusted this institution so much they let me go!
What inspires you about Girl Scouts?
Girl Scouts see no limits in what they can aspire to change in the world.
Why do you support Girl Scouts?
Girls Scouts was the first place I saw the importance of women support circles as a source of inspiration and empowerment.
What do you want other people to know about Girl Scouts?
Girl Scouts is unique in how it helps young women and girls develop leadership skills, create lasting bonds, understand the need to lift each other up, and explore everything they can be.
What do you love about Girl Scouts?
I am so proud to be a member of Troop 305 for adult women in Miami. I get to be surrounded by strong, caring women that uphold Girl Scout values and support our young women in South Florida. This is what it is all about.