Anna Maria Chávez

Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer

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Areas of Expertise

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

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Women and Financial Security In Retirement, Comcast Newsmakers, Dec. 2, 2019

On average, women save 43% less for retirement than men. Chávez discusses the barriers that contribute to this savings gap and how women can better prepare for retirement.


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.

Anna was promoted into this role after serving as NCOA’s Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President for External Affairs where she led the teams responsible for marketing and communications, fund development, strategic partnerships, public policy and advocacy and the National Institute for Senior Centers.

Chávez developed the leadership skills growing up in Eloy, Arizona, that would propel her into a career of public service. Her desire to transform the world through servant leadership led her to Yale University, before pursuing a juris doctorate at the University of Arizona. She held numerous posts in President Bill Clinton’s administration and later returned to Arizona to serve then-governor Janet Napolitano.

Her success led to her appointment as CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, where she served from 2011-2016 as the first woman of color to lead the 104-year group with 2.7 million members in over 90 countries and 59 million alumnae in America. In 2016, Anna was named as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune magazine, cited for her vision and creativity in working to revitalize the Girl Scout brand for a new century and was named number 22 by Fast Company in its annual list of the most creative people in business.

Anna is one of the world’s top experts on women’s leadership, youth development, and aging issues and draws from her 25 years of public service and nonprofit leadership. She brings a wealth of experience from previous legal, public policy, nonprofit management, and brand management positions in Arizona, Texas, Washington, DC, and New York City.

Her keen insights and dynamic presentations have inspired thousands of individuals around the globe to lead authentically and has helped organizations work together more collaboratively and create dynamic impact. Anna has appeared on CBS News, NBC’s The Today Show, FOX News Channel, CNBC’s Squawk Box, CNN, Bloomberg Radio, NPR, and she’s a contributing writer on Huffington Post.

Anna in the News

Scammers Look for Vulnerability, and Find It in Older People
The New York Times, Sept. 12, 2019

To the Contrary
PBS, January 2019

Born to Lead, Born to Serve: Anna Maria Chávez
Jonas Weir, Hispanic Executive, September/October 2018

Life After 60: Aging in America
Comcast Newsmakers, Aug. 2018

Let’s stop letting women age out of the workforce worse off than men
Anna Maria Chávez, Fast Company, July 27, 2018

How To Find And Follow A ‘North Star’ For Your Career
Elana Lyn Gross, Forbes, June 6, 2018

Testimony before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, Jan. 24, 2018

Chávez testified at Turning 65: Navigating Critical Decisions to Age Well. Read her written testimony and watch the recording.

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

Chávez and Sue Getman, Deputy Director of $tand By Me Delaware, appeared at TEDx Wilmington.