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 has 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 U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, the Arizona Supreme Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Professionally, Anna's interest in serving others brought her first to Washington, DC, where she held numerous posts in President 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.
Lauded for her leadership, Anna received the 2013 Law College Association Award from her law school alma mater, the University of Arizona, and has been recognized as one of the 100 Women Leaders in STEM by STEMconnector. She is the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Community Service Award from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, as well as the 2013 Graciela Olivarez La Raza Award from the National Council of La Raza. In 2014, she was named number 22 in Fast Company’s annual list of the most creative people in business. In addition, the Arizona National Guard presented Anna with the Adjutant General's Medal and the Diversity Champion Leadership Award.
In 2016, Anna was named as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune magazine, cited for her vision and creativity in working to revitalize the Girl Scout brand for a new century, including debuting new badges in STEM and financial literacy, and initiatives like Digital Cookie, the first national digital platform for the iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program, providing girls a fun, safe, interactive space to sell cookies.