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Girl Scouts USA Leadership Transition


Dear Girl Scouts,

As a valued member of the Girl Scout community, I want to be sure you are aware of news released this week regarding a transition of leadership at Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA).

In a press release sent June 15, GSUSA shared the following message:

 “Sylvia Acevedo, a member of the organization's National Board of Directors and longtime advocate for Hispanic, girls', and women's causes, has been appointed interim chief executive officer. She succeeds Anna Maria Chávez, who has served as CEO of GSUSA since 2011.

Earlier this month, Ms. Chávez notified the National Board of Directors of her desire to actively explore a return to public service. Ms. Chávez and the National Board have mutually agreed on an effective departure date of June 30, 2016. Ms. Chavez will assist Ms. Acevedo in her transition to interim CEO.

Kathy H. Hannan, President of GSUSA's Board of Directors, said the organization would begin an immediate national search to find a permanent successor to Ms. Chávez.”

For more information about this transition, I encourage you to read the full press release

A proud Girl Scout, engineer, rocket scientist, and passionate advocate for both girls and Girl Scouts, Sylvia Acevedo credits her Girl Scout experience with propelling her to success in the corporate and philanthropic sectors. You can learn more about Ms. Acevedo in a blog post shared today on the GSUSA blog.

Girl Scouts of the USA is excited to welcome Sylvia Acevedo to her new role as interim CEO. We thank Anna Maria Chávez for her dedication and commitment to our Movement over the past eight years.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Karen Hill
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington