CEO, Girl Scouts of the United States
Sylvia Acevedo is an award-winning entrepreneur and technology executive who has earned worldwide recognition for her work in addressing the challenge of universal access to education. She serves as the CEO for the Girl Scouts of the United States. Acevedo also served as a Commissioner on the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics, where she served as the Chair of the Early Childhood subcommittee. She began her career as a rocket scientist at the Jet Propulsion Labs, and also worked as an engineer at IBM and a technology executive at Apple, Autodesk, and Dell where she led her divisions to record growth and profitability.
Acevedo has used her leadership and systems engineering skills to provide much-needed access to community programs and resources. Her mobilization campaigns provided hands on play and sports experiences for over 27,000 children in response to growing health disparities in children of underserved populations, and her distribution programs provided over 250,000 books to families, as well as 25,000 toothbrushes and 11,000 of pairs of glasses to children. Acevedo has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University and a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from Stanford University.