Board of Governors
CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA
Sylvia Acevedo is the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA and a longtime advocate for underserved communities and girls’ and women’s causes. She was a member of the GSUSA Board of Directors from 2009 to 2016 and an officer and member of its Executive Committee.
She is committed to Girl Scouts’ mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Over the years, Sylvia has spoken across the country about the importance of helping girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents. She also served on the founding board of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin, Texas—the largest all-girls public school in the nation.
Sylvia is a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and serves as chair of its Early Learning Subcommittee.
Sylvia is a strategic consultant to national organizations that strive to improve outcomes with America’s rising generation of youth, as well as a national advocate for STEM education. She is currently developing an aspirational memoir for middle school students that promotes STEM.
Sylvia was the founder, president, and CEO of CommuniCard LLC, a marketing firm known for its innovative approaches to working with changing community demographics. Prior to that, she served in executive and business development roles at REBA Technologies, Dell Computer Corporation, Autodesk Inc., Tandem Ungermann-Bass, Apple Computer, and IBM—and she began her career as a rocket scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Sylvia was one of the first Hispanic students, male or female, to earn a graduate engineering degree from Stanford University—an MS in industrial engineering—and she holds a bachelor of science degree with honors in industrial engineering from New Mexico State University.