Anna Maria Chávez began her career in the very same Movement she now leads: Girl Scouts. A lifetime member of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), Anna developed leadership skills growing up in Eloy, Arizona, that would propel her to CEO of GSUSA.
Her Girl Scout experiences lit a passion for public service and social engagement that defined Anna’s educational and career paths. She attended Yale University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in American history before pursuing a juris doctorate at the University of Arizona. She was admitted to the Bar of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, the Arizona Supreme Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Anna held numerous posts in President Bill Clinton’s administration in Washington, DC, including senior policy advisor to former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater. She later returned to Arizona as deputy chief of staff for urban relations and community development under then-Governor Janet Napolitano.
Anna returned to the Girl Scout Movement in 2009 as CEO of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, enhancing the council’s reach and visibility, growing its philanthropy, and boosting membership. GSUSA’s National Board appointed her CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA in 2011.