The Board of Directors  is responsible for employing a Chief Executive Officer and provides direction to the CEO through establishment of the association ENDS. The Board elects one of its members as the association President, a volunteer who works closely with the CEO.
Tom Holland became the new chief executive officer of the American Camp Association effective on June 1, 2015. Tom has served as chief foundation and funds development officer for ACA since November 2013. In his capacity as CEO, Tom will be ACA’s public relations spokesperson.
With a background in education, Tom worked as a secondary school social studies teacher in Kirkwood, Missouri before dedicating himself to the camp profession full time in 2005. From 2005-2013, he worked for a private, independent non-profit camp program in northwest Wyoming, serving for six years as the Executive Director from August 2007 to August 2013.
During this time he served on the American Camp Association’s National Board of Directors. In 2013, he came to ACA in order to revitalize fundraising throughout the association. His time at ACA is marked by growth in this area as well as the launch of the new fundraising campaign, Camp Moves Me.
Tom holds a BA in secondary education and a MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. He also has completed coursework in non-profit management from Stanford University and Harvard University.
Tom is an advocate and frequent speaker on youth development, the camp experience, fundraising and the business of camp. He has given keynote addresses at the International Camping Congress and the American Camp Association National Conference.
The current president of the association is Tisha Bolger, who is the Chief Operating Officer of the Girl Scouts of Minnesota River Valleys. Bolger serves as the chief operating officer of the Girl Scouts of Minnesota Wisconsin River Valleys, overseeing one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country. She has also been a member of ACA’s Transition Team, using skills and experience from Girl Scout mergers to help ACA unite separate sections across the country into a unified association.
Bolger has received numerous awards for her work and has served on boards and advisory councils — including a term on the ACA, Northland Section Board. She formerly served as program director of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation and as C.E.O. of Alpha Youth Care Services in Wisconsin.
Bolger holds a master’s degree in Education, Recreation, and Outdoor Education from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Carroll College in Helena, Montana.
“We are excited to continue our work with Tisha,” said Peg Smith, ACA’s chief executive officer. “Her experience and leadership will be tremendously beneficial to ACA as we continue our transition to ACA, Inc.”
Of ACA’s future, Bolger says, “ACA has a lot of energy. By looking at the brutal truths and using our attributes to help us, we will be successful for the next 100 years. We have to identify our leverage points — public policy and serving as an advocate is one, working collaboratively with the business sector and nonprofits is another. Understanding these points of leverage will take us places we haven’t been before, deepening our market share.”