Anna Maria Chávez
Anna Maria Chávez is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National School Boards Association (NSBA). As the leading advocate for public education, NSBA represents 49 state school board associations and one territory association, and their more than 90,000 locally elected school board members.
Prior to joining NSBA, she was Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer for the National Council on Aging, where she oversaw day-to-day operations as the nation’s oldest service and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and economic security of older Americans. Ms. Chávez also was the 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. She was also ranked 22nd on Fast Company’s annual list of the most creative people in business. Chávez has appeared on CBS News, NBC’s The Today Show, FOX News Channel, CNBC’s Squawk Box, CNN, Bloomberg Radio, National Public Radio, and was a contributing writer on Huffington Post.
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.