Anna Maria Chávez

Anna Maria Chávez


Girl Scouts of the USA

New York, NY USA

It'll all work out as long as you're doing it for the right reason. It's going to get a little scary. But your only job in life is to stay on that track; regardless of what people throw at you and what barriers they put in your way, no one change your track but you.


By Roadtrip Nation

Anna Maria Chávez


My road in life has been direct.
Grew up in a small farming town of primarily Hispanic families that went back generations
Joined Girl Scouts as a child and developed a desire to preserve nature and serve others
At 12, decided to become a lawyer to achieve her aims; moved to Phoenix with family for more opportunities
Moving to a big city made her realize she was different; was stamped with labels like 'girl of color'
Didn't let labels define her; pushed forward and got into Yale as the 1st in her family to go to college
Stood out from classmates, felt homesick, and was thrown into new situations, but kept at it
Even today, she's usually the first of her kind to do something; she has no playbook but she's scrappy
Now, she has "the best job in the world;" says all indicators pointed her towards a different path, but she chose her own
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I'm a champion for girls, cookie connoisseur, data junkie, proud mom, lawyer, and dance aficionado.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Teaching / Mentoring


Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student

Interviewed By

Why Not Us

Why Not Us

Being the first in your family to attend college is daunting, but rewarding.

Follow the journeys of four young people-all first in their families to go to college-as they road-trip across the country to interview inspiring individuals who were also first in their families to pursue higher education.

After gaining wisdom and guidance from trail-blazing leaders-including Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, Grammy Award-winner John Legend, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz-the Roadtrippers are emboldened to embrace the opportunities ahead and ask "why shouldn't I succeed?"