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Along with the CEO, GSUSA's Senior Leadership 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 is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts of the USA and an award-winning community leader, whose leadership in public service and the nonprofit sector has been widely recognized.
Prior to accepting her current role as chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of the USA, Ms. Chávez served as chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. Before joining Girl Scouts, she was deputy chief of staff for Urban Relations and Community Development under former Governor of Arizona and current U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. In this position, she promoted the governor's policies, programs, and initiatives through coordination and partnership with city, county, and tribal governments; federal agencies; and community organizations. Ms. Chávez served as the governor's policy advisor to the Arizona Department of Housing and advised her on strategies for coordinating housing and economic development; she also counseled the governor on issues impacting the Latino community. She was a catalyst for the creation of the Raul H. Castro Institute, a "do tank" focused on issues affecting the Latino community in Arizona with emphasis on education, health, and human services, as well as leadership and civic participation.
Before her deputy chief of staff appointment, Ms. Chávez served as Governor Napolitano's director of intergovernmental affairs from November 2003 to January 2007. She was also in-house counsel and assistant director for the Division of Aging and Community Services at the Arizona Department of Economic Security. As assistant director, she provided oversight for programs targeting food distribution for the hungry, shelter and supportive services to victims of domestic violence, refugee resettlement services, and shelter services for the homeless. Additionally, she oversaw the state's adult services programs, including adult protective services.
Ms. Chávez entered state service after working as senior policy advisor to former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater. Prior to this appointment, she served as chief of staff to the deputy administrator at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in Washington, D.C. Ms. Chávez was also previously chief of staff for SBA's Office of Government Contracting and Minority Enterprise Development. In this position, she provided direct policy, program, and managerial support to the offices of Government Contracting, Size Standards, Technology, and Small Disadvantaged Business Certification and Eligibility. In addition, Ms. Chávez served as an advisor to senior SBA and White House officials on a variety of policy issues including civil rights, affirmative action, minority and small business development, procurement reform, and electronic commerce.
From 1996 to 1998, Ms. Chávez acted as legal counsel for the Federal Highway Administration in Washington, D.C. She was instrumental in developing departmental policies in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Adarand v. Peña and assisted with the reauthorization of the agency's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program as part of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). Ms. Chávez also served as an attorney advisor in the Office of the Counsel to the President.
Lauded for her leadership, Ms. Chávez is among The NonProfit Times' Power & Influence Top 50 and has been recognized as one of the 100 Women Leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) by STEMconnector. She is the recipient of the 2012 Chairman's Award from the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Women of Excellence Award from the Women of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting. In addition, the Arizona National Guard presented Ms. Chávez with the Adjutant General's Medal and the Diversity Champion Leadership Award.
Ms. Chávez holds a juris doctorate from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona and a bachelor's degree in American history from Yale University. Bar admissions include the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, Arizona Supreme Court, and U.S. Supreme Court.
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 lawyer with experience in organizational change, community economic development, real estate law, and investment banking.
"Nhadine brings extraordinary experience and great energy, expertise, and vision to Girl Scouts as we enter our second century of service to girls," said GSUSA Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chávez. "We're poised for great things as we focus on reaching more girls, raising $1 billion, and being the best leadership experience for girls, and Nhadine will play an integral role in helping us achieve our strategic and operational goals."
Most recently, Nhadine headed her own consulting practice focused on strategic direction-setting for innovative nonprofits. Previously, she served as chief operating officer of Living Cities, a 22-member consortium of the world's largest philanthropic and institutions that invest 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.
Nhadine's grandmother was one of the first Girl Guides in Scotland and her mother is a lifelong Girl Guide and Girl Scout who served in key leadership positions in Nebraska. Nhadine is a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts, having been a girl member in Nebraska and a troop leader in Brooklyn, New York.
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 Wagner School of Public Service.
Chief Customer Officer and Chief Operating Officer
Girl Scouts of the USA
"I consider Girl Scouts the single most important organization for girls in the history of this country. The opportunity to be a part of this storied, vibrant brand with its unique mission, and to apply my background, experience, and passion is something that I am very excited about."
Danny Boockvar is Chief Customer Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Girl Scouts of the USA. In this role, he is responsible for helping GSUSA build its organizational muscle and make it even more service oriented and customer focused to better serve and engage its 3.2 million members. He oversees the organization's operations and efforts to drive increased membership through better experiences and relationships with its customers—from its 112 councils, to girls, to adult volunteers and beyond.
Danny was previously Senior Vice President–U.S. Operations and Sales at Weight Watchers International. At Weight Watchers, he oversaw approximately $1 billion in revenue, and led a team of 20,000 employees, who worked each week in Weight Watchers more than 850 stores helping to solve the nation's obesity problem. He began his career at the prestigious New York law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and later worked in sales and business development at several Internet/e-Commerce-based entrepreneurial ventures before joining Weight Watchers.
Danny is very active in NYC's public affairs. He is Vice Chairman and founding member of the Board of Directors of the Harlem Success Charter School in Harlem, New York, and The Mayer Foundation, a nonprofit that makes monetary grants to individuals suffering hardships. In addition, Danny was awarded the prestigious David Rockefeller Fellowship, a select program sponsored by the Partnership for New York City, designed to give senior business executives an insider understanding into New York City public affairs. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
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. She is also a member of the Leadership 35 Advisory Committee to the National Women's Law Center.
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.