2019 Pioneer Leadership Award Recipient

Anna Maria Chávez,
Chief Strategy Officer & Senior Vice President, External Affairs, is NCOA’s first-ever Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer. As one of the world’s top experts on women’s leadership, youth development, and aging, Chávez is a dedicated advocate for helping others across every stage of life. With 25 years of public service and nonprofit leadership experience, Chávez is passionate about teaching the value of teamwork, inclusion, and diversity, and strong leadership, naturally positioning her for this new organizational position.

Chávez was promoted to this role after successfully leading the organization through a strategic learning process that engaged the NCOA staff, Board of Directors, and external partners to position the 67-year-old organization for greater social impact into the future. In her role, she oversees NCOA’s day-to-day operations to ensure that NCOA’s business strategies are effectively implemented across all segments of the organization.

Prior to her promotion, Chávez served as NCOA’s Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President for External Affairs, where she led the teams responsible for marketing and communications, fund development, strategic partnerships, public policy and advocacy, and the National Institute for Senior Centers.

Before joining NCOA, Chávez was CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, where she served from 2011-2016 as the first woman of color to lead the 104-year group with 2.7 million members in over 90 countries and 59 million alumnae in America. Chávez was named one of Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders of 2016, cited for her vision and creativity in working to revitalize the Girl Scout brand for a new century. She also has been named number 22 by Fast Company in its annual list of the most creative people in business.

Chávez brings a wealth of experience from previous legal, public policy, nonprofit management, and brand management positions in Arizona, Texas, Washington, DC, and New York City. She has appeared on CBS News, NBC’s The Today Show, FOX News Channel, CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg, NPR, and as a contributing writer on Huffington Post.

Chávez earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a juris doctorate at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. She has been admitted to the Bar of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, the Arizona Supreme Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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