Candidate for At-large Board of Director Member
Statement of Intent
The HLA Board has continued to expand the programming and activities to its membership, and I am looking forward to building on that success. This year my colleague Susie and I were able to launch the inaugural mentorship program within HLA to compliment the program we have been doing with the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association for the last few years. These programs are fully aligned with our mission and our efforts to expand the diversity of the lobbying and government relations professions.
In 2021, my goal is to enhance our mentorship programs by providing our members resources to navigate the diversity and inclusion journeys many of our organizations are currently embarking on. Our community continues to be underrepresented in the government relations profession, in Corporate America and on Boards. Working in partnership with other Latino organizations and utilizing resources within our companies, firms and nonprofit organizations, I’d like to bring more speakers to our group who can provide personal insights on how to navigate our careers and expand our professional development opportunities. I appreciate your consideration. It has been a true honor to serve on the HLA Board for the last few years, and I know there is much more I can do to help our organization.
Patricia Tamez is responsible for developing strategy and executing federal legislative priorities for Shell’s Offshore, Midstream and New Energies businesses. Prior to joining Shell, Patricia spent more than a decade in the U.S. House of Representatives. From 2009-2014 she served as Executive Director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, responsible for coordinating and implementing policy priorities for the group and serving as a liaison to Congressional Leadership and the Obama Administration. From 2004-2008, she was Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to former Congressman Solomon Ortiz, a moderate member of the House and senior leader on defense, trade and energy. She also previously served as Policy Director for the Obama for American campaign in New Mexico, worked for Congressman Ciro D. Rodriguez of Texas and as a Legislative Aide in the Texas Legislature.
Patricia is active in organizations focused on youth development and mentorship, and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and Board of the Hispanic Lobbyists Association. She is a proud Texan and graduate of Texas A&M University, but her favorite title is Mom to her young children Valentina and Mateo.