On June 15, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced that Sylvia Acevedo, a lifelong Girl Scout, former Secretary of GSUSA's Board of Directors, and longtime advocate for Hispanic, girls', and women's causes, was appointed interim chief executive officer of GSUSA, succeeding Anna Maria Chávez.
Anna, who is departing to pursue a return to public service, served our Movement for eight years—including at GSUSA since 2011. We thank Anna for all of her efforts, locally and nationally, to build our Girl Scout brand, align our Movement, and lead our digital transformation.
Over the course of more than a century, our organization has been led by devoted individuals who have honored the legacy of Juliette Gordon Low, a visionary pioneer.
And now we welcome Sylvia, whose enthusiasm for Girl Scouts—our powerful mission and the important role we play in girls’ lives—is infectious. She cites the enormously positive impact Girl Scouts has had on her life and her family members’ lives, and she proudly “bleeds green.”
Indeed, Sylvia credits Girl Scouts with helping her to become the woman she is today—nurturing her love of the outdoors and science and giving her the skills needed to propel her to success in the corporate and philanthropic sectors. And did you know she’s an actual rocket scientist? It’s true—and according to her it’s due in large part to the experiences she had as a girl with her troop.
In the years since, Sylvia has been honored to give back to the Movement that has given her so much. Beginning in 2009, she served as a member of the National Board—and now she’s excited to step into her new role as interim CEO.
Please join us in welcoming Sylvia, and as always, thank you for sharing our dedication to building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.