A lifelong Girl Scout, Sylvia Acevedo was appointed CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S. in May 2017, coming full circle from her youth as a Girl Scout in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Through Girl Scouts, Sylvia discovered her passion for space, science, and math. Her interest in STEM subjects would lead her to a career as a rocket scientist, engineer, technology executive, and award-winning STEM entrepreneur.
Sylvia has championed girls in STEM, the outdoors, entrepreneurship, and leadership. In July 2019, she directed the rollout of 42 new merit badges for girls in grades K-12 on subjects, including cybersecurity, coding, and space science.
Sylvia has been an engineer and executive at Apple, Dell, Autodesk, and IBM. She began her career as a rocket scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Sylvia is the author of Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist, a memoir for middle school students that inspires readers to live the lives of their dreams.