Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts, receives Arizona Latina Trailblazer Award!

Posted: Apr 04, 2012

On March 28, 2012, four women were honored at the fourth Annual 2012 Arizona Latina Trailblazers Award event at the Phoenix Art Museum. One of these women was our own CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), Anna Maria Chávez.

Chávez was selected as a woman who has dedicated her professional and personal life to the betterment of her community, and who has achieved professional excellence—blazing a trail for others to follow, which she has done well.

Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of GSUSA, addresses attendees at the Arizona Latina Trailblazers event

Anna Maria Chávez is the first person of color to become CEO of GSUSA. A native of Eloy, Arizona, her career started with an undergraduate degree from Yale followed by earning a law degree from the University of Arizona. She’s held high level positions in federal government for the Department of Transportation and Small Business Administration. She returned to Arizona in 2000 to work in state government and went on to serve on the staff of former Arizona  Governor Janet Napolitano, where she rose to become Deputy Chief of Staff. After Governor Napolitano resigned to become Chief of Homeland Security, Chávez sought out a new opportunity as the Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, which eventually led to her current role.

The Trailblazer award was presented by the Phoenix College Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine.

Chávez was presented her Award by an Ambassador-level Girl Scout Miriam Salazar from Phoenix.

Miriam Salazar poses for a photo with Chávez after presenting her with a Trailblazer award

The other awardees included public health advocate and former state legislator Amanda Aguirre, Elizabeth Archuleta, a Coconino County Board of Supervisor, and Terri Cruz, community advocate and longtime social services provider at Chicanos Por La Causa.

Anna Maria, thank you for visiting Arizona to accept this well-deserved award! You inspire us all!

Anna Maria stands with two GSACPC Girl Scouts at the awards ceremony. What an inspiration!