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Along with the CEO, GSUSA's Executive Team guides the organization in the planning, development, and execution of initiatives and resources to benefit a diverse group of girls, volunteers, and staff across the nation—and the world.
Anna Maria Chávez began her career journey in the very same Movement she now leads: the Girl Scouts. A lifetime member of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and an award-winning community leader, Anna developed the leadership skills that would propel her to the office of the Chief Executive of GSUSA while growing up as a Girl Scout in Eloy, Arizona.
Her experiences in Girl Scouting lit a passion for public service and social engagement that have defined her career. Anna's insight and desire to leave the world a better place led her from her hometown to Yale University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in American history before pursuing a juris doctorate from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. She is admitted to the Bar for the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, the Arizona Supreme Court, and U.S. Supreme Court.
Anna's desire to serve others brought her first to Washington D.C., where she held numerous posts in President Clinton's administration, including serving a senior policy advisor to former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater. She later returned to her home state of Arizona to serve the first of two female governors as Deputy Chief of Staff for Urban Relations and Community Development under then-Governor Janet Napolitano. In this role, she promoted the governor's policies, programs, and initiatives in partnership with city, county, and tribal governments, as well as federal agencies and community organizations.
During her time in state service, Anna provided oversight for programs targeting food distribution for the hungry, shelter and supportive services for victims of domestic violence, refugee resettlement services, and shelter services for the homeless. Additionally, she oversaw Arizona’s adult services programs, including adult protective services.
Looking for opportunities to work with youth and inspire a new generation of female leaders, Anna returned to the Girl Scout Movement in 2009, serving as Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. Her achievements leading the Southwest Texas council include vastly enhancing the reach and visibility of the Council, growing the Council's philanthropic efforts, and boosting membership. Her success earned her the respect and recognition of GSUSA's National Board, who appointed her CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA in 2011.
Lauded for her leadership, Ms. Chávez received the 2013 Law College Association Award from her law school alma mater, the University of Arizona, and has been recognized as one of the 100 Women Leaders in STEM by STEM connector. She is the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Community Service award from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, as well as the 2013 Graciela Olivarez La Raza Award from the National Council of La Raza. In 2014, she was named number 22 by Fast Company in their annual list of the most creative people in business. In addition, the Arizona National Guard presented Anna with the Adjutant General's Medal and the Diversity Champion Leadership Award.
Chief Governance Officer
Girl Scouts of the USA
"As a third-generation Girl Scout whose commitment to public service and meaningful change was fostered in this Movement, I could not be more thrilled to be joining with Girl Scouts during its 100th anniversary year to help the organization reach its ambitious goals for girls and women."
Nhadine Leung is a third-generation Girl Guide/Girl Scout and currently serves as the Chief Governance Officer for Girl Scouts of the USA, where she previously served as the Chief of Staff. A member of the Executive Team, she currently oversees the Office of the National Board, strategic planning, and the organization's domestic and global policy work.
Prior to joining Girl Scouts, Nhadine served as Chief Operating Officer of Living Cities, an innovative 22-member consortium of the world's largest philanthropic and financial institutions investing in improving the lives of low-income people and the cities where they live. She also led the Urban Assets Initiative at New Profit, a national venture philanthropy fund that invests in growing high-impact social enterprises. In addition to her nonprofit experience, Nhadine practiced law at Weil Gotshal & Manges in New York and Warsaw, and was trained as an investment banker, working for Manufacturers Hanover and Chemical Bank in New York. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and a joint JD/Master of Urban Planning degree from New York University School of Law and the Wagner School of Public Service.
Chief Development Officer
Girl Scouts of the USA
"I have the opportunity to help generous people and organizations across the country view girls as a national philanthropic priority. Their support will create extraordinary impact. This work is the privilege of a lifetime."
Deb Taft is chief development officer of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA).
A national leader in the philanthropy and nonprofit arenas, Deb was appointed in 2011 and charged with building a sustainable and dynamic fundraising operation for the Movement as it celebrates its landmark 100th anniversary and establishes girls as a philanthropic priority for the nation.
Deb previously led philanthropy, alumnae, and advancement marketing programs for Simmons College and its five graduate and professional schools in Boston, Mass. She also oversaw the Simmons Leadership Conference, now in its 33rd year, as the premiere women's leadership event in the country. Prior to Simmons, she served as vice president for development at Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children, as senior director of development marketing for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, and as chief development and public affairs officer for Concord Academy. She started her professional career in banking at Bank of Boston.
A Harvard University graduate with an MBA from the Simmons School of Management, Deb has led and served on numerous governing boards and teaching faculties and is a highly regarded speaker, presenter, facilitator, and consultant. Her professional work, consulting, and volunteer leadership in nonprofits has informed her commitment to sound governance and business practices, to strong management, and to a strategic, integrated approach to philanthropy, marketing, and constituent relations.
In addition to being a longtime volunteer for Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard University, and Simmons College, Deb serves on the national board of governors for the Human Rights Campaign, based in Washington, D.C., and chaired its 2010 and 2011 New England Gala Dinners. She served on the boards of Women in Development and the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care, and was a founding member of the national service organization City Year, now operating in 21 American cities as well as Johannesburg, South Africa; and London, England. She resides in New York City.
Chief Information Officer
Girl Scouts of the USA
Maggie Miller is a business technology leader with over 30 years of experience in major global organizations including Warner Music Group, Dell, J. Sainsbury, and Unilever. Prior to joining GSUSA she worked as a consultant, to apply the knowledge and experience gained at large cap companies to public and private-sector firms in the US and the UK.
Until 2010 Maggie was senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO) for Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG). She was responsible for the company's global Information Technology (IT) function. Her focus was on ensuring Warner's IT systems and business processes are optimized for the digital era including maximizing opportunities presented by new technology and company initiatives. In addition to developing online and mobile technology infrastructure and capabilities, Maggie oversaw the transformation of WMG's numerous web assets and e-commerce sites into e-businesses.
Prior to joining WMG, Maggie held the CIO post at J. Sainsbury's, one of Europe's largest food retailers with more than 700 stores and revenue of more than $20 billion. As CIO from 2001 to 2005, Maggie was responsible for the leadership of the organization's IT enabled transformation program.
Previously, Maggie was Vice President and CIO for Dell Europe/Middle East/Asia (EMEA), where she spearheaded the direction of IT and IT resources across the region.
Maggie is committed to the development of the next generation of IT leaders. She is a mentor for Columbia University's executive MSc in technology management program, and Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Open University Business School.
Chief Financial Officer
Girl Scouts of the USA
Angela Olden is the new chief financial officer of Girl Scouts of the USA.
Angela formerly served as chief financial officer of Federation Employment and Guidance Service, Inc. (FEGS), one of the largest and most diversified not-for-profit health and human services organizations in the United States, serving more than 100,000 people a year in New York City and Long Island. At FEGS, she managed a budget of $280 million with funding from more than 100 discrete funding sources and had financial oversight of 14 for-profit and nonprofit subsidiary corporations. As a key member of the executive management team, Angela developed a robust strategic plan to address the changing landscape in health care, and formed five health care companies during her tenure to position the organization for growth and the ability to capitalize on developing opportunities. Previously, Angela served as vice president and chief financial officer for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia for 11 years.
She also worked as a financial executive in both the United States and Europe for FMC Corporation, a $4-billion publicly traded industrial chemical and equipment manufacturer, where, among other positions, she was responsible for the financial operations of a $200-million division serving the pharmaceutical industry. She began her career as a staff auditor with Deloitte, Haskins and Sells. Angela received her bachelor's degree in accounting and finance from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and her M.B.A. in economics and marketing from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Jennifer L. Rochon
Girl Scouts of the USA
"I am thrilled to join this iconic girls' leadership organization as its first general counsel. It is truly a privilege to have the opportunity to bring my legal skills to bear in service of a mission dedicated to the empowerment of girls and women throughout the world."
Jennifer L. Rochon is the general counsel of Girl Scouts of the USA.
Prior to joining GSUSA, Jennifer was a partner at the law firm of Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankel LLP in New York and was the first woman to serve on the firm's Executive Committee. During her career, she has litigated numerous commercial matters at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as in the arbitration context. Her legal experience runs the gamut from litigating sophisticated contract disputes to resolving regulatory matters to managing intellectual property, advertising, and employment disputes. Jennifer has been repeatedly recognized as a leading lawyer by legal periodicals such as The Legal 500 United States and New York's Super Lawyers.
A third generation Girl Scout, Jennifer has always been committed to the empowerment, advancement, and success of women and girls. She was the Chair of the firm's Women's Initiative Committee, which focused on improving the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women attorneys, promoting women in leadership roles, and creating effective business networks for women.
Jennifer received her Bachelor's degree with dual honors from the University of Michigan and served in the United States Peace Corps as a mathematics teacher. She received a juris doctorate from New York University School of Law and was a member of the Law Review. She also clerked for the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry on both the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Chief People Officer
Girl Scouts of the USA
Joanne brings over 20 years of experience in domestic and global business and human resource management to the job.
Prior to joining GSUSA, she was the Vice President of Human Capital at The New Teacher Project (TNTP), where she set the human resources vision and strategies to attract and engage a diverse and talented staff. In addition, she served on their leadership team and was the co-chair of the Diversity Leadership Council.
Prior to TNTP, as a consultant for AchieveMission, she partnered with nonprofit leaders leading key strategic and human capital initiatives to increase the organizations' social impact. Joanne has also held the position of Chief People Officer of the Greater New York Region of the American Red Cross. There she served as a member of the senior leadership team leading the organization through major change and business transformation initiatives. During her tenure and under her co-leadership, the volunteer workforce for that Red Cross Region quadrupled in size.
Previously, at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, Joanne launched a global human resources unit, ultimately operating on four continents and in several countries in support of scientific research into a future AIDS vaccine.
She holds a BS in business, management, and economics from Empire State College at the State University of New York and is a certified senior professional in human resources (SPHR).