Sylvia Acevedo

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Sylvia Acevedo
Alma materNew Mexico State University (B.S.)
Stanford University (M.S.)
Home townLas Cruces, New Mexico[1]
TitleChief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of the USA
PredecessorAnna Maria Chávez

Sylvia Acevedo is an American engineer, businesswoman, and executive. She is Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Ms. Acevedo was elected to the position in May 2017 after having served as interim CEO since June 2016.[2] She had previously served on their Board of Directors from 2009 to 2016.[3] In 2018 she was featured among "America's Top 50 Women In Tech" by Forbes.[4]

A systems engineer by education, she has worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she was involved in Voyager 2's flyby of Jupiter in 1989.[5][6] She has also worked as an executive at Apple, Dell, and Autodesk.[7]

Early life and education[edit]

Sylvia Acevedo was born near Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. As a young child, her family moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico. She was active in her own local Brownie troop as a child, where she was encouraged to pursue her scientific interests in school, despite receiving discouragement from the school's faculty.[8] In 1979 she earned her B.S. at New Mexico State University studying industrial engineering, and would later go on to attend Stanford University, becoming one of the first Hispanic students to earn a Masters of Science at the school - in systems engineering.[9]

Engineering career[edit]

Shortly after graduating from New Mexico State University, Acevedo began working for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a rocket scientist, developing programs for the Voyager 2 and analyzing data from the probe. She eventually left NASA to attend graduate school. During her time at Stanford, she worked at IBM as an engineer to help pay for her tuition. After graduating, she joined Apple as a technology executive for the Asia-Pacific region.[8] She has also worked in an executive capacity for Dell and Autodesk. Under her tenure, the Girl Scouts introduced a series of badges in robotics, coding, engineering, and cybersecurity.[10]


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  4. ^ "Sylvia Acevedo". Forbes.
  5. ^ "How I became a rocket scientist and Girl Scouts CEO: Sylvia Acevedo". USA TODAY College. 2017-04-27. Retrieved 2017-07-02.
  6. ^ Kavilanz, Parija (2017-05-19). "Meet Sylvia Acevedo, the rocket scientist in charge of the Girl Scouts". CNNMoney. Retrieved 2017-07-02.
  7. ^ Gillies, Trent (2017-04-08). "Girl Scouts acting CEO explains why the charity is more than the sum of its cookies". CNBC. Retrieved 2017-07-02.
  8. ^ a b Mejia, Zameena (2017-08-03). "How Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo plans to promote STEM education". CNBC. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  9. ^ "Girl Scouts offer new badges for science, technology, engineering and math". NBC News. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  10. ^ Bort, Julia. "The 39 most powerful female engineers of 2018". Business Insider. Retrieved 21 June 2018.