Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chavez to visit Pittsburgh on April 2nd

Mar 29, 2012 Posted in Newsroom, Press Releases

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Cori Begg
Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, PA - (March 29, 2012) Girl Scouts of theUSA's national CEO, Anna Maria Chavez will meet with Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania's Pittsburgh-area key supporters, volunteers and Gold Award recipients on Monday, April 2, 2012.

Anna Maria Chávez is a lifetime member Girl Scout and an award-winning community leader. Prior to accepting the position of Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of theUSA, Ms. Chávez served as Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT). Prior to her leadership roles with Girl Scouts, Ms. Chávez served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Urban Relations and Community Development for the former Governor of Arizona and current U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano. In this position, she promoted the Governor's policies, programs and initiatives through coordination and partnership with City, County, and Tribal Governments, Federal agencies and community organizations. In addition, Ms. Chávez served as the Governor's Policy Advisor to the Arizona Department of Housing and advised the Governor on strategies for coordinating housing and economic development.

Lauded for her work in military affairs, Ms. Chávez is a recipient of The Adjutant General's Medal and the Diversity Champion Leadership Award present by the Arizona National Guard. She was presented with the Exemplary Leadership Award by Valle del Sol in 2008 and was named Woman of the Year at the Latina Excellence Awards in 2007. Since arriving in San Antonio, Anna Maria Chávez received the inauguralATHENA Organizational Leadership Award in 2010 and was inducted into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame in March 2011.

Ms. Chávez holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona, College of Law and aB.A. in American History from Yale University. Bar admissions include U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, Arizona Supreme Court, and U.S. Supreme Court. She was also appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court's Committee on Examinations, which is responsible for writing, grading and administrating the Arizona Bar Examination.

In celebration of the 100th year of Girl Scouting. Ms. Chávez will speak at aVIP reception on Monday, April 2 from 5:30 - 7:30 at the Westin Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

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