Lifetime Girl Scout: Eloy, Arizona's Troop 304
20/20 Vision of the Future: Knew she wanted to be a lawyer at the age of 12.
Role Models Close to Home: Mother and grandmother
Prepare or Cram: "Wow, that's hard, 'cause I always tell Girl Scouts to be prepared. But sometimes, you gotta cram."
Anna Maria Chávez is the Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the USA, and a lifetime member of the group dedicated to building up girls as strong, confident leaders. Chávez is the first Latina to head the historic organization.
Prior to her work with Girls Scouts, Chávez was deputy of chief of staff for Urban Relations and Community Development under former Governor of Arizona and current U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. Chávez was also a crucial force behind the creation of the Raul H. Castro Institute, a "do tank" focused on issues affecting the Latino community in Arizona with emphasis on education, health, and human services, as well as leadership and civic participation.
Chávez's leadership has been recognized by The NonProfit Times' Power & Influence Top 50, STEMconnector's 100 Women Leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math, and has also been the recipient of the 2012 Chairman's Award from the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Women of Excellence Award from the Women of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting.