Anna Maria Chávez

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Anna Maria Chávez
Born 1968
Eloy, Arizona
Education Yale University, University of Arizona Law School
Employer Girl Scouts of the USA
Title Chief Executive Officer
Term 2011-Present
Predecessor Kathy Cloninger
Spouse(s) Robert
Children Michael

Anna Maria Chávez is the Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of the USA (2011–present) and the first Latina to head the organization.


Anna Maria Chavez was born in 1968 in the small farm town of Eloy, Arizona and is of Mexican-American heritage. She joined the Girl Scouts as a child and her and her family later moved to Phoenix, Arizona during her high school years. She went on to attend Yale University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in American History. She also holds a juris doctor from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona with bar associations for the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, Arizona Supreme Court, and U.S. Supreme Court.[1] Anna currently resides in New Jersey. She is married to Robert, a financial industry executive, and they have a son, Michael.[2]


Post-graduation, she acted as legal counsel to the Federal Highway Administration in Washington D.C. She also served as an attorney advisor in the Office of the Counsel to the President. During her time in Washington she served as public policy advisor to several offices including U.S Secretary of Transportation and the offices of Government Contracting, Size Standards, Technology, and Small Disadvantaged Business Certification and Eligibility.

Prior to joining the Girl Scouts organization, Chavez served as then Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano's Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. From November 2003 to January 2007, she worked jointly with city, state, tribal, and community organizations to promote the governor's policies and initiatives eventually becoming Deputy Chief of Staff.

In 2009, the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas appointed Chavez as CEO and in 2011 she was appointed CEO of Girls Scouts of the USA.[1]


In 2012, Chavez was recipient of the Chairman's Award for the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Women of Excellence Award from the Women of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting. She has also been awarded for her work in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) technologies and increasing participation of Girl Scouts in STEM-related fields. She is recognized as one of the 100 Women in STEM by STEMConnector.

The "Ban Bossy" Campaign[edit]

Main article: Ban Bossy

The Ban Bossy social media campaign is co-sponsored by and the Girl Scouts of the USA. It encourages young girls to become leaders and aims to remove the stigma associated with the word bossy. In addition to Chavez, the campaign features some of the nation's most influential women, including Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, pop-star Beyonce, designer Diane Von Furstenberg.[3][4][5][6]


  1. ^ a b "Meet Our Senior Leadership Team". Girl Scouts of the USA web site. Girl Scouts of United States of America. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  2. ^ Allen, Paula (May–June 2011). "Anna Maria Chávez - New Ways to be a Girl Scout". San Antonio Woman (San Antonio, Texas: Pixelworks Corporation). Retrieved 2011-11-27. 
  3. ^ Sandberg, Sheryl; Chávez, Anna Maria (8 March 2014). "Sheryl Sandberg and Anna Maria Chávez on 'Bossy,' the Other B-word". The Wall Street Journal (The Wall Street Journal). Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Jolie Lee (2014-05-10). "Beyonce, Jennifer Garner, Jane Lynch join 'Ban Bossy" campaign. USA Today 10 March 2014 | Retrieved 8 Aug 2014". Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  5. ^ "Facebook COO Sandberg's ludicrous crusade against bossy". New York Post. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Beyoncé, Jennifer Garner, Jane Lynch join prominent women in #BanBossy campaign". New York Daily News. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2014.