Anna Maria Chávez

Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President, External Affairs

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Business Development
  • Brand Awareness
  • Public Policy & Advocacy
  • Nonprofit Funding & Sustainability
  • Social Enterprise

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Testimony before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging

On January 24, 2018, Chávez appeared before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging to provide insight on NCOA solution-based tools to empower seniors to age on their terms in a hearing titled Turning 65: Navigating Critical Decisions to Age Well. Read her written testimony here and watch the hearing here.

No More Grandmas Eating Cat Food, TEDx Wilmington, Sept. 12, 2017

Anna and Sue Getman, Deputy Director of $tand By Me Delaware, presented a TEDx talk, No More Grandmas Eating Cat Food, about economic security strategies for retirement so we can live the life we want to the very end.


Anna Maria Chávez is chief strategy officer and senior vice president of external affairs for the National Council on Aging (NCOA), the nation’s oldest advocacy organization dedicated to helping Americans navigate the challenges of aging. She oversees NCOA’s policy and advocacy, marketing and communications, fund and strategic partnership development, and community network. In this role, Chávez is responsible for advancing the organization’s mission to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020.

Throughout her career, Chávez has been a passionate advocate for helping others across every stage of life. In her home state of Arizona, Chávez worked for nearly a decade on aging issues. While serving in Gov. Janet Napolitano’s administration as director of intergovernmental affairs, she launched the governor’s Aging 2020 initiative and created the Arizona Division of Aging and Adult Services. She has also served as assistant director of the Arizona Division of Aging and Community Services.

Prior to joining NCOA, Chávez served as CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, where she was the first woman of color to lead the iconic organization. During her tenure, Chávez spearheaded an historic girl-centric organizational redesign, partnering with a newly engaged national network to build a high-impact, data-driven, multi-year strategy.

Earlier in her career, Chávez’s dedication to serving others brought her to Washington D.C., where she held numerous posts in President Clinton’s administration, including senior policy advisor to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater and Small Business Administration Administrator Aida Alvarez.

Chávez was named one of FORTUNE’s World’s Greatest Leaders (2016) and honored as one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company (2014). She has been inducted into the U.S. News & World Report’s STEM Leadership Hall of Fame. In 2013, Chávez received the Excellence in Community Service Award from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, as well as the Graciela Olivarez La Raza Award from UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza). Chávez earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University before pursuing a juris doctorate from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. She has been admitted to the Bar of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, the Arizona Supreme Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court.