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Meet Our Team

Writer – Leah Takahashi

Leah TakahashiLeah is the Marketing Manager for Girl Scouts of Northern California, where she conceptualizes campaigns, plans projects, and manages marketing assets for all departments at GSNorCal in order to promote the Girl Scout brand and mission. Leah joined Girl Scouts at the age of 5 and has been a part of the organization ever since (shout out to Troop 31213—woot woot). During her younger Girl Scout days, Leah did everything from selling thousands of boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to serving as a National Delegate at the 2011 Convention and even earning her Gold Award in 2012. She may be young, but she’s got plenty of Girl Scout experience under her belt!

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Writer – Marissa Vessels

Marissa is a lifetime Gold Award Girl Scout and Director of Marketing at Girl Scout of Northern California. Though she’s originally from Southern California (Yay, Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council!), she moved to the East Bay in 2010 and never looked back. Over the past 20 years of her membership, Marissa has been honored to serve Girl Scouts as a camp director, National Delegate, member of the National Board Leadership Lanes, troop leader, STEM program instructor, Gold Award advisor, founder of a Campus Girl Scouts chapter, and more, and she’s so excited to share her experiences through The Trailhead.

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Copyeditor – Katie Mock

Katie MockKatie is the Marketing Copywriter for the Girl Scouts of Northern California, where she writes everything from tweets to Trailhead articles, and makes sure everyone dots their ‘i’s and crosses their ‘t’s. Although she was a Girl Scout for only a few years, her experiences with Girl Scouts, combined with attending a single-sex high school, gave her a profound appreciation for the power all-girl spaces have to change girls’ lives for the better. Katie moved to the Bay Area after graduating from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Linguistics; when she’s not diving into writing with a red pen, you can find her geeking out about the latest sci-fi novel, cooking anything from traditional Japanese Cuisine to pizza, or cuddling her two cats.

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Writer – Amanda Gee

Amanda is the Communications Specialist for Girl Scouts of Northern California, where she keeps the website, social media, and email up-to-date with the latest and greatest Girl Scout news. Amanda joined the Girl Scouts in first grade; her fondest Girl Scout memories include building a butterfly garden for her Bronze Award project and eating way too many s’mores around the campfire. When she’s not typing away at her computer over a cup of Earl Grey, you can find Amanda hanging out with friends, biking along the beautiful Alameda Bay Trail, or trying to pick up some new skill or tidbit of knowledge.

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