Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) today announced that interim leader Sylvia Acevedo has been named CEO of the 105-year-old organization, effective immediately. The appointment comes after a thorough nationwide search, during which many highly qualified candidates were considered.
A lifelong Girl Scout and longtime business leader, Ms. Acevedo has held the title of interim GSUSA CEO since June 2016. Before that, she was secretary of the GSUSA Board of Directors. She is an enduring champion of girls’ and women’s causes who brings to the organization a deep understanding of the youth leadership market and the evolving needs of today’s girls. Ms. Acevedo has also advocated for Hispanic, Asian, and other minority populations in the U.S. throughout her career and is a White House commissioner on the Presidential Initiative for Hispanic Educational Excellence.
Said GSUSA Board President Kathy H. Hannan, “The organization is thrilled to have someone of Ms. Acevedo’s caliber, passion, and proven dedication lead GSUSA. Sylvia’s track record as a leader and commitment to girls’ leadership development are unparalleled—and her calm and determined guidance has helped GSUSA through a transitional period. The organization has emerged stronger, more united, and with renewed focus and real momentum as a result of Sylvia’s leadership. She is deeply committed to the future of every girl and is the ideal choice to lead the Girl Scout Movement.”
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