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Along with the CEO, GSUSA's Executive Team guides the organization in the planning, development, and execution of initiatives and resources to benefit a diverse group of girls, volunteers, and staff across the nation—and the world.
Anna Maria Chávez began her career journey in the very same Movement she now leads: the Girl Scouts. A lifetime member of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and an award-winning community leader, Anna developed the leadership skills that would propel her to the office of the Chief Executive of GSUSA while growing up as a Girl Scout in Eloy, Arizona.
Her experiences in Girl Scouting lit a passion for public service and social engagement that have defined her career. Anna's insight and desire to leave 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 from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. She is admitted to the Bar for the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, the Arizona Supreme Court, and U.S. Supreme Court.
Anna's desire to serve others brought her first to Washington D.C., where she held numerous posts in President Clinton's administration, including serving a senior policy advisor to former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater. She later returned to her home state of Arizona to serve the first of two female governors as Deputy Chief of Staff for Urban Relations and Community Development under then-Governor Janet Napolitano. In this role, she promoted the governor's policies, programs, and initiatives in partnership with city, county, and tribal governments, as well as federal agencies and community organizations.
During her time in state service, Anna provided oversight for programs targeting food distribution for the hungry, shelter and supportive services for victims of domestic violence, refugee resettlement services, and shelter services for the homeless. Additionally, she oversaw Arizona’s adult services programs, including adult protective services.
Looking for opportunities to work with youth and inspire a new generation of female leaders, Anna returned to the Girl Scout Movement in 2009, serving as Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. Her achievements leading the Southwest Texas council include vastly enhancing the reach and visibility of the Council, growing the Council's philanthropic efforts, and boosting membership. Her success earned her the respect and recognition of GSUSA's National Board, who appointed her CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA in 2011.
Lauded for her leadership, Ms. Chávez 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 STEM connector. 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 by Fast Company in their 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.
Chief Governance Officer
Girl Scouts of the USA
"As a third-generation Girl Scout whose commitment to public service and meaningful change was fostered in this Movement, I could not be more thrilled to be joining with Girl Scouts during its 100th anniversary year to help the organization reach its ambitious goals for girls and women."
Nhadine Leung is a third-generation Girl Guide/Girl Scout and currently serves as the chief governance officer for Girl Scouts of the USA, where she previously served as the chief of staff. A member of the Executive Team, she currently oversees the Office of the National Board, strategic planning, and the organization's domestic and global policy work.
Prior to joining Girl Scouts, Nhadine served as chief operating officer of Living Cities, an innovative 22-member consortium of the world's largest philanthropic and financial institutions investing in improving the lives of low-income people and the cities where they live. She also led the Urban Assets Initiative at New Profit, a national venture philanthropy fund that invests in growing high-impact social enterprises. In addition to her nonprofit experience, Nhadine practiced law at Weil Gotshal & Manges in New York and Warsaw, and was trained as an investment banker, working for Manufacturers Hanover and Chemical Bank in New York. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and a joint JD/Master of Urban Planning degree from New York University School of Law and the Wagner School of Public Service.
Chief Financial Officer
Girl Scouts of the USA
Angela Olden is the new chief financial officer of Girl Scouts of the USA.
Angela formerly served as chief financial officer of Federation Employment and Guidance Service, Inc. (FEGS), one of the largest and most diversified not-for-profit health and human services organizations in the United States, serving more than 100,000 people a year in New York City and Long Island. At FEGS, she managed a budget of $280 million with funding from more than 100 discrete funding sources and had financial oversight of 14 for-profit and nonprofit subsidiary corporations. As a key member of the executive management team, Angela developed a robust strategic plan to address the changing landscape in health care, and formed five health care companies during her tenure to position the organization for growth and the ability to capitalize on developing opportunities. Previously, Angela served as vice president and chief financial officer for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia for 11 years.
She also worked as a financial executive in both the United States and Europe for FMC Corporation, a $4-billion publicly traded industrial chemical and equipment manufacturer, where, among other positions, she was responsible for the financial operations of a $200-million division serving the pharmaceutical industry. She began her career as a staff auditor with Deloitte, Haskins and Sells. Angela received her bachelor's degree in accounting and finance from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and her M.B.A. in economics and marketing from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Jennifer L. Rochon
Girl Scouts of the USA
"I am thrilled to join this iconic girls' leadership organization as its first general counsel. It is truly a privilege to have the opportunity to bring my legal skills to bear in service of a mission dedicated to the empowerment of girls and women throughout the world."
Jennifer L. Rochon is the first ever general counsel of Girl Scouts of the USA, an organization with 2.3 million girl members that is dedicated to empowering girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.
Jennifer oversees the legal affairs of Girl Scouts of the USA, including compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, protecting the Girl Scout assets, and implementing appropriate risk management processes. As a member of the Executive Team, she works closely with management and the Board of Directors to provide legal counsel, guidance, and strategic advice on a wide range of matters including contracts and transactions, trademark and copyright, employment and human resources, general corporate and governance matters, nonprofit and tax issues, and litigation support.
Prior to joining GSUSA, Jennifer was a litigation partner at the law firm of Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankel LLP in New York and was the first woman to serve on the firm's Executive Committee. She has litigated numerous commercial matters at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as in the arbitration context. Her law firm practice ran the gamut from litigating sophisticated contract disputes to resolving regulatory matters to managing intellectual property, advertising, and employment disputes. Jennifer has been repeatedly recognized as a leading lawyer by legal periodicals such as The Legal 500 United States and New York's Super Lawyers.
Jennifer has always been committed to the empowerment, advancement, and success of women and girls. She was the chair of the firm's Women's Initiative Committee, which focused on improving the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women attorneys, promoting women in leadership roles, and creating effective business networks for women.
Jennifer received her Bachelor's degree with dual honors from the University of Michigan and served in the United States Peace Corps as a mathematics teacher. She received a juris doctorate from New York University School of Law and was a member of the Law Review. She also clerked for the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry on both the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Chief People Officer
Girl Scouts of the USA
Joanne brings over 20 years of experience in domestic and global business and human resource management to the job.
Prior to joining GSUSA, she was the vice president of human capital at The New Teacher Project (TNTP), where she set the human resources vision and strategies to attract and engage a diverse and talented staff. In addition, she served on their leadership team and was the co-chair of the Diversity Leadership Council.
Prior to TNTP, as a consultant for AchieveMission, she partnered with nonprofit leaders leading key strategic and human capital initiatives to increase the organizations' social impact. Joanne has also held the position of chief people officer of the Greater New York Region of the American Red Cross. There she served as a member of the senior leadership team leading the organization through major change and business transformation initiatives. During her tenure and under her co-leadership, the volunteer workforce for that Red Cross Region quadrupled in size.
Previously, at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, Joanne launched a global human resources unit, ultimately operating on four continents and in several countries in support of scientific research into a future AIDS vaccine.
She holds a BS in business, management, and economics from Empire State College at the State University of New York and is a certified senior professional in human resources (SPHR).
Chief Strategy Officer
Girl Scouts of the USA
Lynn Godfrey joined Girl Scouts of the USA as its first chief strategy officer in early November 2014, under the guidance of the CEO. With over twenty years of nonprofit and corporate experience in the kids, youth, and family arena, Lynn heads a multidisciplinary team that leads work in brand marketing, communications, research, national meetings and public events, global initiatives and partnerships, strategic planning, and public policy. She works with counterparts across the organization to ensure effectiveness and synergy, and that strategies are in line with Girl Scouts' mission, while at the same time challenging the status quo. Lynn also oversees our Washington, DC office of Public Policy and Advocacy.
Lynn joins us from the Greater New York American Red Cross, where she steered all aspects of strategic marketing, communications and media, and government and community relations for the country's largest Red Cross region, serving 13 million people. Prior to that Lynn served as the chief communications officer for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), where she oversaw integrated, multilingual campaigns across 334 local public housing communities to build consumer engagement, enhance customer service delivery, and support partnerships. She has held various marketing and communications leadership positions at Viacom, Nickelodeon, and PBS, targeting kids, youth, and parents. She started her career in advertising and marketing with Young & Rubicam and later with American Express.
Lynn is a member of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications, the Digital Diversity Network, and the Association for Women in Communications. She holds a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and a master's degree in marketing from Northwestern University's JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management.