Patricia Diaz Dennis

Patricia Diaz Dennis

Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award

Patricia Diaz Dennis serves on two public company boards: U.S. Steel and Entravision. She also served on the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance board, retiring in April, 2017, where she was the longest- serving member, having joined in 1995. She was Chair of the Human Resources Committee and, over time, a member of all other committees, including the Executive Committee and Corporate Governance. Diaz Dennis rejoined Entravision in 2014, after first serving from 2001 to 2005, and chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee and is on the Audit Committee.

She joined U.S. Steel’s board in 2014 and serves on its Compensation & Organization and Governance & Public Policy Committees. Her past board service includes Telemundo, CarrAmerica and UST. Diaz Dennis serves on several non-for- profit boards, including NHP Foundation (since 2003) which preserves and builds affordable multi-family housing for low and moderate income families and seniors. She chairs the Sanctions Panel for The Global Fund (since 2013) whose mission is to end tuberculosis, AIDS and malaria. She is on the Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Council of San Antonio (since 2014), and LBJ Family Wealth Advisors Advisory Board (since 2010). Diaz Dennis became the first Latina Board Chair of Girl Scouts of the USA in 2005 and served on its board for nine years.

Since Patricia Diaz Dennis graduated from law school in 1973, she has achieved many firsts as a woman and Latina in the legal profession, in government and in the communications industry. She was the first woman and Latina lawyer at Paul Hastings, a law firm well known for its labor department in which she worked. She received three Presidential appointments, confirmed by the U.S. Senate. President Reagan appointed her a member of the National Labor Relations Board in 1983 and, in 1986, a Federal Communications Commission commissioner; becoming 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.

Her many awards attest to the significance of her professional and social sector achievements, most recently, the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Latina Commission Las Primeras Award (2016); the Private Company Director of the Year Award (2015); and the Texas State Bar Association Sarah T. Hughes Women Lawyers of Achievement Award (2012). Born in Santa Rita, New Mexico, Diaz Dennis holds a law degree from Loyola University of Los Angeles, where she was Executive Editor of the Loyola Law Review and an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. She and her husband, Michael, are the proud parents of three adult children and have five grandchildren.