Carrie Prudente Holden has been appointed president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound in Tacoma, effective Oct. 1.

The move was announced by Darren Zemanek, chair of the Board of Governors and vice president at Columbia Bank.

Holden had been serving in an interim fashion as the organization’s president since January. She is the first woman to hold the position of president and CEO of the 77 year-old non-profit.

“I am thrilled with the decision to appoint Carrie Holden to president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound,” said Carla Santorno, superintendent of Tacoma Public Schools. “Carrie is a thought leader and long time trusted partner of Tacoma Public Schools who always puts our students first. Her innovative thinking and creative problem solving is of tremendous value to us.”

The previous president and CEO, Mark Starnes, shared his intention to retire before the end of this year after leading the organization for eight years.

“I’ve dedicated my career to serving youth who need us most,” said Holden. “With our strong board, exceptional staff and steadfast donors, we will continue to provide a safe and engaging experience for our Club members within a positive culture for our incredible team of employees.”