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Assistant Chief Scout Executive — Development

Brad Farmer serves as the Assistant Chief Scout Executive — Development.

In this role, he is responsible for raising funds to perpetuate Scouting, as well as overseeing the BSA’s sustainability and outdoor stewardship efforts.

Farmer is charged with leading the Office of Development, which comprises the BSA Foundation, the Business Development Office, the Office of Philanthropy, the Fund Development Department, and the funding of the Bechtel Family Summit in West Virginia, as well as the Government & Community Affairs Group and the BSA lobbyists in Washington, D.C.

His Scouting career began in 1981 as a district executive in Wood River, Illinois. In 1984, he was promoted to district executive in Springfield, Ill., where he rose through the ranks as a senior district executive and field director. In 1990, he was promoted to director of field service in Providence, R.I. In 1994, he was tapped to lead a council as Scout executive in Binghamton, N.Y.

Farmer joined the National Service Center in 1999 as director of the Cub Scout Division. He returned to the field as Scout executive in Seattle from 2002 to 2006 and as regional director for the Central Region from 2006 to 2009. He assumed his current position in 2009.

As a longtime Scouter, he holds three Wood Badge beads, is a Vigil Honor member in the Order of the Arrow, and is a Baden-Powel fellow of the World Scout Foundation. Outside of Scouting, Farmer sits on the board of director’s for America’s Charities, achieved Who’s Who in 2005, and was United Way Agencies president from 1995 to 1999. He and his wife Diane have two adult daughters, Laura and Sarah.