Girl Scouts of the USA has appointed Anna Maria Chavez as its 19th chief executive, the scouting organization announced in a press release on Aug. 24. She will assume her new role at the Girl Scouts National Council Session in November.
"Girl Scouts is the premier leadership organization for girls with a trailblazing legacy that stretches nearly 100 years," Chavez said. "I'm eager to work with our partners across the country as the organization embarks on a new century of empowering girls to take the lead in their own lives and make a difference in their communities and across the world."
Connie Lindsey, national president of GSUSA, said: "(Chavez's) visionary leadership is going to be invaluable as we work to fulfill our mission to be the premier leadership experience for girls in ways that are relevant, engaging and meaningful."
Chavez previously served as deputy chief of staff for urban relations and community development for former Arizona governor Janet Napolitano.
Chavez grew up in a Mexican-American family in Eloy, Ariz., and Phoenix, according to the press release. She holds a bachelor's degree in American history from Yale University and a law degree from the University of Arizona.
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