Anna Maria Chávez
Anna Maria Chávez is the Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer for the National Council on Aging (NCOA), whose mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. In this role, she ensures that NCOA’s fiscal, operations, fundraising, marketing, consumer experience, advocacy, human capital, technology, programmatic, and organizational culture strategies are effectively implemented across all segments of the organization.
Prior to, Ms. Chávez was Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the USA, where she served from 2011-2016 as the first woman of color to lead the 104-year group. In 2016, Ms. Chávez was named as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune magazine, cited for her vision and creativity in working to revitalize the Girl Scout brand for a new century and was named No. 22 by Fast Company in its annual list of the most creative people in business.
Ms. Chávez developed the leadership skills growing up in Eloy, Arizona, that would propel her into a career of public service. Her desire to transform the world through servant leadership led her to Yale University, before pursuing a juris doctorate at the University of Arizona. She held numerous posts in President Clinton’s administration and later returned to Arizona to serve then-Governor Janet Napolitano.