Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sylvia Acevedo Named Next Chief Executive Officer Of Girl Scouts Of The USA

Today we made an exciting announcement! After a thorough nationwide search, during which many highly qualified candidates were considered, our National Board has named interim leader Sylvia Acevedo the next CEO of our 105-year-old organization.

A lifelong Girl Scout and longtime business leader, Sylvia has held the title of interim GSUSA CEO since June 2016. Before that, she was secretary of the GSUSA Board of Directors. She is an enduring champion of girls’ and women’s causes who brings a deep understanding of the youth leadership market and the evolving needs of today’s girls to her role as permanent CEO. Ms. Acevedo has also advocated for Hispanic, Asian, and other minority populations in the U.S. throughout her career and is a White House commissioner on the Presidential Initiative for Hispanic Educational Excellence.

“I am truly honored to have been selected for this role,” said Sylvia. “Throughout my career, I have been deeply committed to helping girls cultivate the skills they need to excel in life. I firmly believe they can change the world, and that at this decisive moment in time, we need their courage, confidence, and character more than ever.”

She continued, “Girl Scouts has always been an important part of my life, helping me as a young girl to develop the skills to become a leader. My focus [at GSUSA] has been to raise the profile of the Girl Scout Movement and mission, with the targeted aim to grow membership. So I am excited to be able to move forward with the initiatives I launched with my colleagues over the past year, and to keep our momentum going strong.”

A longtime advocate of STEM education for young women, Sylvia also has background as an engineer, including experience working for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories, IBM, and Dell, which will help Girl Scouts raise its profile among Silicon Valley companies and expand external support of STEM activities—a key component of the organization’s programming. She has served as the board chair for the Austin Community Foundation and as a strategic consultant to companies that wish to use technology to capitalize on demographic trends, and she was formerly president and CEO of Communicard LLC, a firm that used innovative technology to harness market trends.

Please join us in welcoming Sylvia Acevedo, the ultimate G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™, to her new role as CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA!