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Shoot for the Stars

Women in Science and Engineering Symposium

CEO, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas

Major General Angela Salinas (USMC, Retired)

Angie Salinas, Major General U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) joined Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas as the Chief Executive Officer in July 2015. Prior to becoming the CEO, she served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 39 years. A woman of many firsts, she made history as the first Latina selected and promoted to the general officer ranks in the U.S. Marine Corps. At the time of her retirement in September 2013, she was the senior ranking woman and the senior Hispanic in the Corps.


A Girl Scout alumna, Salinas is a role model to girls and women seeking to break through the glass ceiling. She commanded at every level from Lieutenant to General and is a trailblazer, serving as the first woman in multiple assignments that include Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego/Western Recruiting Region, Assistant Chief of Staff for plans and policy of a major combatant organization, and command of a recruiting district.


Salinas’ accolades extend past her military experience. She has been recognized with multiple awards to include the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Tribute to Women Business Leaders Hope Award, the San Antonio Business Journal Women’s Leadership Award, and American Latino Influencer Valor Award. In 2016, she was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame, Hispanic Women in Leadership Hall of Fame and received the TAMACC Woman of Distinction. In 2021, she received the NCAA Legacy Award, as well as, the American Spirit Award Medallion from the National WWII Museum. She has been named one of 15 Phenomenal Women by Latina Magazine and one of six Power Latinas by Vivala.com.


A graduate of the Masters Leadership Program San Antonio, she is a member of Excel Beyond the Bell; National Association of Women’s Business Owners; the Southwest Research Institute Advisory Trustees, San Antonio Area Foundation-Women and Girls Development Fund, and the Nonprofit Council. Additionally, she serves on the San Antonio Airport System Development Committee and the board of GPMLife.


A native of Alice, Texas, she holds a Master of Arts from the Naval War College and a bachelor’s degree from Dominican College of San Rafael, California. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Dominican University in 2015 and named a Distinguished Alumni in 2016.