Sylvia Acevedo is the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. A former Girl Scout herself and longtime board member for the organization, Acevedo became interim CEO in June 2016 before officially taking over the nonprofit in May 2017. One of her chief goals is to prepare millions of girls for STEM-related jobs over the next several years. To enable that process, she’s created new science- and technology-related badges covering topics like robotics and coding, and is working with top industry experts at NASA, Palo Alto Networks, and Raytheon to ensure the nonprofit’s curriculum builds skills that employers will value.
She’s worked previously as an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, IBM, and held top executive positions at Apple, Autodesk, and Dell. She was also a commissioner for the Presidential Initiative for Hispanic Educational Excellence, which focuses on increasing learning opportunities and achievement gaps within that community, and formerly ran her own trend analysis company called Communicard.