Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), a 105-year-old organization for young girls, has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer to take on the role. As a lifelong Girl Scout and business leader, Sylvia Acevedo was passed the torch to lead the organization in the direction of prosperity. Before her appointment, she held interim CEO and served as secretary of the GSUSA Board of Directors prior to that.
“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 girl’s leadership development are unparalleled–and her calm and determined guidance has helped GSUSA through a tough transitional period,” said GSUSA Board President Kathy H. Hannan.
Acevedo’s leadership expertise stands out as she has championed girls’ and women’s causes brings a deep understanding of the youth leadership market, and the evolving needs of girls today. Throughout her career, she is an advocate for Asian, Hispanic, and other minority groups in the United States. To add, she’s also a White House commissioner on the Presidential Initiative for Hispanic Education Excellence.
Since serving in her leadership roles at GSUSA, Acevedo has played an important role curtailing declines in Girl Scout membership, including supporting specific outreach efforts to Hispanic, African American, Asian, and other minority populations and backing tech advancements that are increasing exposure among diverse girl groups.
“I am truly honored to have been selected for this role. Throughout my career, I have been deeply committed to helping girls cultivate the skills they need to excel in life. I firmly believe they can change the world, and that at this divisive moment in time, we need their courage, confidence, and character more than ever,” said Acevedo.
Sylvia Acevedo is a longtime supporter of STEM education for young women because she, herself, has a background in engineering, including experience working with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories, DELL, and IBM. The organization finds this experience useful to help Girl Scouts make their presence among the tech brands of Silicon Valley. Acevedo earned her bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from New Mexico State University and a master of science from Stanford University.