This week, Girl Scouts of the USA announced that Anna Maria Chávez, who grew up in a small town in southern Arizona and rose to become deputy chief of staff to that state’s then-Gov. Janet Napolitano, has been appointed to the top post at the iconic organization. Chávez’s appointment as the 19th chief executive of Girl Scouts has been a hit in national media. First appearing in an article written by Christian Salazar for the Associated Press, the story was picked up by CBS News, Huffington Post, Forbes, Washington Post, Chicago Sun Times and many more. Articles also appeared in USA Today, Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Philanthropy with many more expected to appear in the following week, including a segment on CNN, taping pictured. (Special shout out to KLRN in San Antonio, TX, for letting us use their studio)!
Girl Scouts "provides a pipeline to leadership in this country," says Kathy Cloninger in USA Today. Although many know Girl Scouts for its "wonderful cookie program, Girl Scouts has a wonderful story of preparing women for leadership that may not be out there in the public domain," says Chavez, 43, who has been CEO of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas since 2009.
Chávez grew up in a Mexican-American family in the small town of Eloy, Arizona, and later in Phoenix. She holds a law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in American history from Yale University. Bar admissions include the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, Arizona Supreme Court, and U.S. Supreme Court. Her husband Robert is a financial industry executive and they have a son, Michael.