Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge has named Janet Hilliard Pace as president and chief executive officer, effective Dec. 1.

She assumes leadership duties from Jane F. Shank, who will retire after 20 years with Volunteers of America, including 13 years as Greater Baton Rouge affiliate CEO.

Pace was executive director of the Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System.

She previously held two positions with the Louisiana Office of the Lt. Governor, as executive director of the Volunteer Louisiana Commission and director of volunteer outreach for the Louisiana Serve Commission. Pace also served as president and CEO of Volunteer! Baton Rouge.

She served as an East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member from 2002 to 2005.

Drew Sellers, chairman of the board Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge said, “I applaud Jane Shank’s dedication these past 13 years as CEO of the Volunteers of America’s Greater Baton Rouge affiliate. The success of this great organization would not have been possible without her leadership and vision. As with all endings there are new beginnings. The board of directors is excited to welcome Janet Pace as chief executive officer. Janet brings a wealth of experience and nonprofit insights gained from her work with Volunteer Louisiana and the East Baton Rouge School System. We are confident that Janet will uphold the mission of Volunteers of America to serve people and communities in need while creating opportunities for others to experience the joy of serving.”

Pace served as a board member for Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge and Volunteers in Public Schools. Pace is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Baton Rouge. Her other current civic involvements include The Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, Basenji Rescue and Transport and Broadmoor Baptist Church.

Pace received bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science from Southern Methodist University and holds a Master of Public Administration from LSU.