Angela Salinas

Major General and Chief Executive Officer
U.S. Marine Corps and Girl Scouts of South Texas

Angie Salinas, Major General U. S. Marine Corps (Ret) has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT) since July 1, 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 is a trailblazer, serving as the first woman in multiple assignments that include Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and the Western Recruiting Region, Assistant Chief of Staff for plans and policy of a major combatant organization, command of a recruiting district and as the ground major’s combat service support monitor. Her personal decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal; the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Legion of Merit with gold star; the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars; the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; the Army Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars.


Salinas’ accolades extend past her military experience. She has been recognized with 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 and Hope Hispanic Heritage award. She was named an inaugural Top Latino Leader by the National Diversity Council and was awarded the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award; the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Leadership Award; the Hispanic Heritage of Texas Estrellas de Texas; Lifetime Achievement awards from Latina Style Magazine; Women’s International Center’s Living Legacy Award; as well as being named one of 15 Phenomenal Women by Latina Magazine and one of six Power Latinas by Vivala.com.
Salinas serves on the Board of Directors for the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, The First Tee of Greater San Antonio, Prospera Housing Community Services, Blue Skies of Texas, and the Young Marines National Board. She is a graduate of Masters Leadership Program San Antonio, 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. She serves on the San Antonio Airport System Development Committee,


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 Doctorate of Laws from Dominican University in 2015 and named a Distinguished Alumni in 2016.