Anna Maria Chavez, a former Arizona gal who worked under ex-Governor Janet Napolitano has been named the new CEO for the Girl Scouts of the USA.
Chavez, 43, grew up in Eloy and joined the Scouts there at a young age with one of her friends. She also lived in Phoenix before leaving the state for a while to get her bachelor's degree in history from Yale.
She returned to Arizona to earn a law degree at the University of Arizona, then began working under former Arizona Governor Napolitano as a policy advisor and deputy chief of staff for urban relations and community development.
Chavez moved to San Antonio, Texas, in 2009 to become CEO of the Southwest Texas branch of the Girl Scouts.
Girl Scouts USA is headquartered in New York, so she's presumably moving there with her husband, a financial executive. She was at the San Antonio office this afternoon, but a secretary there said she was inundated with media calls and might call us back later -- we were just going to ask her if she had any good Arizona camping stories, anyway.
Chavez is the 19th chief executive for the organization, which celebrates its 100th year anniversary next year.
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