Anna Maria Chavez
Women's Leadership and Youth Development
Anna Maria Chavez Bio
As one of the world's top experts on women's leadership, youth development, and aging, Anna Maria Chavez is a dedicated advocate for helping others across every stage of life. With 25 years of public service and non-profit leadership experience, Chavez is passionate about teaching the value of teamwork, inclusion and diversity, resiliency, strong leadership and self-motivation. Her keen insights and dynamic presentations have inspired thousands of individuals and organizations to lead authentically, work more collaboratively, and create dynamic impact.
Chavez was named one of FORTUNE's World's Greatest Leaders (2016) and honored as one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company (2014). She has been inducted into the U.S. News & World Report's STEM Leadership Hall of Fame. Recognized for her work supporting and empowering Hispanic communities, Chavez was the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Community Service Award from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, as well as the 2013 Graciela Olivarez La Raza Award from UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza). She is also a member of the National Board of Directors for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
In April 2017, Chavez joined the National Council on Aging (NCOA), our nation's oldest advocacy organization dedicated to helping Americans navigate the challenges of aging, as their chief strategy officer and senior vice president of external affairs. Less than a year later, Chavez was promoted to the leadership role of NCOA's Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of NCOA and leading the national team in advancing the organization's mission to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020.