Chief Executive Officer
A lifelong Girl Scout, Sylvia Acevedo was appointed CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA in May 2017.
Sylvia is a dedicated champion for girls in STEM, entrepreneurship, business, and the outdoors. Since being appointed CEO, Sylvia propelled Girl Scouts into the future by creating and launching 42 new STEM badges, including in cybersecurity, robotics, design thinking, coding, data analytics, and space science.
Sylvia began her prolific career as a rocket scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she created algorithms and analyzed data from Voyager 2’s spacecraft flyby of Jupiter and two of its moons, Io and Europa. She then thrived in executive tech leadership roles at Apple, Dell, and IBM. Sylvia earned a graduate engineering degree from Stanford University.
Sylvia has been recognized widely for her accomplishments as a business leader and innovator, including being listed on:
- Crain’s “Most Notable Women in Tech” in 2019
- Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” in 2018
- “Cybersecurity Person of the Year” by Cybersecurity Ventures in 2018
- Forbes’ “America’s Top 50 Women in Tech” in 2018
- InStyle’s “50 Women Who Are Changing the World,” listed as number 7 in 2019
Through Girl Scouts, Sylvia discovered her passion for space, science, and math. Now, as the CEO, her intention is to ensure that Girl Scouts’ 100+ year legacy continues to be a cultural force for real and positive change in society, today and in the future.
Sylvia is also the author of Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist, a memoir for middle school students that inspires readers to live the lives of their dreams.