Anna Maria Chávez is the first Latina CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA, visited Delaware for the first time as part of a national initiative celebrating Girl Scouts' 100th Anniversary in the United States.
"Eagle One" is the nickname Anna Maria Chávez, the chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of the USA, a name she earned as CEO of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas.
It is also the name on her personal patch, which was distributed to the Girl Scouts who had the opportunity to meet her in Delaware on Thursday, Oct. 18.
Chávez is the first Latina CEO of the national organization, visited Delaware for the first time as part of a national initiative celebrating Girl Scouts' 100th Anniversary in the United States.
She spent the day speaking to a number of different of organizations — first the Rotary Club of Wilmington about the evolution of the Girl Scout organization and the importance of creating leadership opportunities for girls. She then spoke to Girl Scouts of all ages at the Lynn W. Williams Science and Technology Lodge at Camp Country Center in Hockessin.
Chávez began her career in girl scouting at the age of 10 when she was growing up in Arizona.
She went on to attend Yale University and the University of Arizona Law School. She worked for the federal government in Washington before returning to Arizona as in-house counsel and an assistant director in the Arizona Department of Economic Security. She also served as deputy chief of staff for Urban Relations and Community Development under Gov. Janet Napolitano.
Chávez said that she enjoyed her brief time in the First State: "It has an amazing deep history here."
She said that one of the most important messages that she wanted to deliver during her visit was the need for volunteers: "It is only $12 to become a member — please donate!"