President & CEO
Patricia serves as the President & CEO for HACE, leading strategy, fundraising & development, professional leadership programs, and expanding organizational reach on a national scale. Patricia strives to engage experienced professionals as mentors and advisors to create a multigenerational network to support Latinx/a/o career growth. Upon taking up this leadership role, Patricia increased operating budget by 40% in less than two years of the new role, and nearly 70% in less than 3 years, increased membership from 35,000 to 77,000, along with strengthened program processes and staff capacity.
Prior to promotions to CEO role, Patricia led and grasped all aspects of the organization, enhanced corporate partnerships bringing $2.5 million in new partnerships, increased membership by 120%, launched a pilot of Multicultural Leadership Program, among other corporate customized programs, impacting the lives of over 25,000. Patricia is a sought-out speaker, having presented at various conferences and for top corporations.
Her diverse professional background began with co-founding a non-profit, supporting community affairs for city government, marketing for corporate energy company, as a faculty and staff member in higher education, to circling back to non-profit, to most recently co-founding a fintech app. Patricia has a strong history of serving the community, as reflected by her service on various nonprofit boards and committees, and several accolades, serving on the O’Neil School of Public Affairs Distinguished Alumni Council, Chicago Theological Seminary Board of Trustee, Illinois Treasurer Charitable Trust Board and most recently named Chicago’s Most Powerful Latinos in 2019 by Crain’s Chicago Business.
Patricia earned a double Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University-Bloomington in Spanish and Communication & Culture and a Master’s in Public Affairs (MPA) in Public Management from Indiana University’s School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA)-Indianapolis, along with executive leadership certificates from both Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Patricia is also a certified coach and Insights Discovery© licensed practitioner, and a proud 2019 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and Aspen Institute Festival of Ideas Scholar.