Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Latina Catches up With Anna Maria Chávez

Latina reports that Girl Scouts of the USA has appointed its first Latina leader. Mexican American Anna Maria Chávez, who is from San Antonio, Texas, has been named the nonprofit organization’s chief executive officer! Chávez, who is the Girl Scouts' 19th national leader, will be transitioning to the organization’s New York headquarters over the next several months.

“I’m ecstatic and overwhelmed by this historic opportunity,” said Chávez. “I truly understand the significance of my appointment.”

Hispanic membership within the Girl Scouts organization increased 55 percent from 2000 to 2010. Jackie Gorman-Johnson, who serves as the board chairwoman of the organization’s Southwest Texas Council, described the newly appointed CEO leader as the “new face of the Girl Scouts."

“She is who we are,” Gorman-Johnson explained. “The demographics of our country are changing, and for the first time, we’ll have a woman of color leading the organization. I’m excited.”

A graduate of Yale University and the University of Arizona College of Law, Chávez was a Girl Scout herself in Arizona, where she grew up. She once worked as deputy chief of staff for urban relations and community development for former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, who is now the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.