Anna Maria Chávez
Chief Executive Officer
Anna Maria Chávez began her career journey in the very same Movement she now leads: Girl Scouts. A lifetime member of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and an award-winning community leader, Anna developed the leadership skills growing up as a Girl Scout in Eloy, Arizona, that would propel her to the office of the chief executive of GSUSA.
Her experiences in Girl Scouting lit a passion for public service and social engagement that have defined Anna's educational and career paths. Her desire to make the world a better place led her from her hometown to Yale University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in American history before pursuing a juris doctorate at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. She has since been admitted to the Bar of the US District Court for the District of Arizona, the Arizona Supreme Court, and the US Supreme Court.
Professionally, Anna's interest in serving others brought her first to Washington, DC, where she held numerous posts in President Bill Clinton's administration, including senior policy advisor to former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater. She later returned to her home state of Arizona to serve as deputy chief of staff for urban relations and community development under then-Governor Janet Napolitano.
Anna returned to the Girl Scout Movement in 2009, upon looking for opportunities to work with youth. Serving as chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, she greatly enhanced the council's reach and visibility, growing its philanthropy and boosting membership. Her success earned her the respect and recognition of GSUSA's National Board, which appointed her chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of the USA in 2011.