National Council on Aging

Executive Vice President, Chief Growth Officer

04/18 - Present

Anna Maria Chávez is the Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer for the National Council on Aging, whose mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. In this role, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), the nation’s oldest service and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and economic security of older Americans. She ensures that NCOA’s fiscal, operations, fundraising, marketing, consumer experience, advocacy, human capital, technology, programmatic and organizational culture strategies are effectively implemented across all segments of the organization. Anna led the NCOA operations team in achieving NCOA’s 2020 social impact goal one year early in 2019.

Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President for External Affairs

04/17 - 04/18

She led the teams responsible for marketing and communications, fund development, strategic partnerships, public policy and advocacy and the National Institute for Senior Centers.  

Anna Maria Chávez Consulting

03/09 - Present

Empower and teach professionals globally to be authentic leaders and help their organizations collaborate to produce dynamic impact. 

Instruct on the mindset and ethos of servant leadership, inspiring others to live an extraordinary life through faith and service.

Offers full-service services in public relations and affairs, political consultancy, business/strategic development, crisis management, communications and marketing.

Girl Scouts of the USA

Chief Executive Officer
10/11 - 06/16

Oversaw the largest non-profit and leadership organization for girls in the world, engaging 2.7 million girls and volunteers in more than 92 countries and with over 100 local Girl Scout councils across the U.S. Developed “tech renaissance” program to introduce Digital Cookie as a 21st-century learning experience in girls’ entrepreneurial and digital skills, resulting in sales of 200 million boxes of cookies and generating $800 million in sales for local councils and communities. Led campaigns to increase membership of young girls and secure corporate and organizational support as an investment in the future of the U.S. 

Girl Scouts of SouthWest Texas

Chief Executive OfficerGirl Scouts of Southwest Texas
05/09 - 09/11

Served more than 25,000 girls (60% Hispanic) and adult members in a 21-county area with annual budget of $5.8 million (assets totaling $14 million), employing 62 full- and part-time staff.


01/07 - 01/09

Supervised Governor Napolitano’s staff and departments (total budget $1.2 billion and 20,000+ employees) on issues of aging, Latino affairs, faith-based and community initiatives, equal opportunity, human services, veteran services, juvenile corrections.

Served as Governor Napolitano’s liaison to elected officials, Military Advisor and liaison to Arizona National Guard, federal military installations and veteran service organizations.

Office of Governor Janet Napolitano

Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
11/03 - 01/07

Launched Governor’s Aging 2020 initiative. Created Arizona Division of Aging and Adult Services. Managed task force on population estimates and labor market. Featured keynote speaker at national and regional conferences.

Arizona Department of Economic Security

Assistant Director
01/03 - 11/03

Administered Community Services Administration, Aging and Adult Administration, Adult Protective Services, and Office of Intergovernmental Operations. Managed 220 employees with offices statewide and total annual budget of $100 million.

Chief Administrative Counsel
Deputy Associate Director
10/00 - 12/02

Developed Diversity Procurement Program; managed 30 staff members and annual budget of $600 million. Provided legal guidance on human service programs, ethics laws and regulations, procurement, employment, federal and state legislation/regulations, and appropriation law. Served as liaison to Arizona Attorney General’s Office and Arizona Risk Management Office.

U.S. Small Business Administration

Chief of Staff to the Deputy Administrator
10/99 - 06/00

Supervised programs on Loan Access, Entrepreneurial Development, Government Contracting and Minority Enterprise Development, Congressional Relations, and Field Operations. Provided policy guidance to 80 SBA offices and 4,000 employees nationwide delivering business development programs for America’s entrepreneurs.

Chief of Staff
Office of Government Contracting and Minority Enterprise Development
02/99 - 10/99

Responsible for Government Contracting, Size Standards, Small Disadvantaged Businesses, and Technology. Advisor and liaison to White House officials and community leaders on civil rights, affirmative action, small business development and legislation, procurement reform, grants and electronic commerce.

Senior Advisor to the Associate Deputy Administrator
Office of Government Contracting and Minority Enterprise Development
10/98 - 02/99

Confidential advisor on SBA policy matters. Duties included policies/programs for procurement assistance, small business legislation/research/development.

U.S. Department of Transportation

Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary U.S. Department Of Transportation
06/00 - 09/00

Provided policy and program support to U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Rodney E. Slater, and Chief of Staff.

Legal Counsel
Office of the Chief Counsel
Federal Highway Administration
09/96 - 10/98

Principal advisor to Chief Counsel and Deputy Chief Counsel.

Attorney Advisor
Office of the Counsel to The President
The White House
05/96 - 09/96

Advised Counsel to the President on legal issues related to Congressional document production requests and international trade issues, supervising 15 staff members. 

Attorney Advisor
Office of the Chief Counsel
Federal Highway Administration
09/95 - 05/96

Drafted, executed, and administered cooperative agreements, grants, and Federal-aid highway contracts. 


University of Arizona
College of Law

Juris Doctorate

Yale University

B.A., American Studies with Concentration in History


Arizona Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court

Admitted to U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona

Awards and Recognition

American Dream Medallion of Excellence in Education, Science, Medicine or Civil Rights
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

World’s 50 Greatest Leaders
Fortune Magazine

EquiTrend® Youth Non-Profit Brand of the Year
Harris Poll
2012 - 2016

World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Not-For-Profit
Fast Company

Most Creative People for 2014
Fast Company

Women’s Leadership Award
Council of Urban Professionals

Most Influential Women on Twitter
Fortune Magazine

Graciela Olivarez La Raza Award
The National Council of La Raza

Chairman’s Award
U.S. Legislative Summit

Overall Grand Champion & Nonprofit Category Champion
Social Media Leadership Awards

San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame Inductee in Innovation
San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame

Organizational Leadership Award

The Adjutant General’s Medal and Diversity Champion Leadership Award
Arizona National Guard

20 Women Who Will Shape Arizona by 2020
Arizona Republic

40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40
Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Latino Leadership Award
Crown Royal Excellence Awards