Patricia Diaz Dennis

Executive in Residence - Center for Professional Excellence

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Patricia Diaz Dennis retired from AT&T in 2008 as Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel. She currently serves on two public company boards: Entravision Communications Corporation and Amalgamated Bank. She rejoined Entravision in 2014, after first serving from 2001 to 2005; she chairs its Nominating & Governance Committee. In August 2018, Diaz Dennis joined Amalgamated Bank’s Board, where she chairs the Compensation and Human Resources Committee. Her past board service includes Telemundo, Carr America, UST, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and U.S. Steel.

Diaz Dennis also serves on several not-for-profit boards including chairing the Sanctions Panel for the Global Fund (since 2013). She is currently Vice Chair of the Mind Science Foundation Board of Trustees and served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Counsel of San Antonio from 2018-20. Diaz Dennis was the first Latina Board Chair of Girl
Scouts of the USA (2005-2008) and served on its board for nine years. She also served on the National Public Radio Board.

Since Diaz Dennis graduated from law school in 1973, she has achieved many firsts in government, the legal profession, and the communications industry. She was the first woman and Latina lawyer at Paul Hastings, an international law firm, in its Los Angeles office. She received three Presidential appointments confirmed by the U.S. Senate. President Reagan appointed her a member of the National Labor Relations Board in a Democratic seat in 1983 and, in 1986, President Reagan appointed her to a Democratic seat on the Federal Communications Commission, making her the first Latina appointed to the two agencies. President George H.W,. Bush appointed her Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs in 1992, also a first for Latinas.

Born in Santa Rita, New Mexico, Diaz Dennis holds a law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles where she was Executive Editor of the Loyola Law Review, and an undergraduate degree from UCLA.