Patricia E Chavez – Director of Policy

As Director of Policy, Patricia (Patty) Chavez works nationally to support PIQE’s vision and build upon its history of helping parents become agents of change. Chavez leads statewide and national coordination and collaborative efforts to strengthen advocacy, build champions of influence and enhance family engagement around issues that impact access to equitable educational opportunities for their children. With a strong foundation in strategic communications, Chavez is heading the development of interactive mobile technology to connect with and activate PIQE families around policy advocacy.

Chavez has more than 25 years of experience in public, private, and nonprofit sectors developing and implementing cause marketing and advocacy campaigns to build support on community issues. As a former Councilmember, Chavez has a unique combination of legislative and community experience and cultural competency that drives her work with diverse populations to strengthen the voice of underrepresented communities. Prior to joining PIQE, Chavez served as Communications and External Affairs Director for a San Diego County nonprofit spearheading organizational advancement efforts including external affairs, development, fundraising, communications, and partnerships. Previously, Chavez led a communications firm dedicated to community engagement and capacity building. Among the various initiatives, Chavez led coordination efforts for the San Diego County of Education to increase civic and community support for quality early education and transitional kindergarten programs.

Chavez resides in Chula Vista with her husband of 27 years. Together, they raised three children. Chavez is first-generation and first-in-family to earn advanced degrees. She is a graduate of Hispanas Organized for Political Equity (HOPE) Leadership Institute. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in speech communications from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in communication management from the University of Southern California.

 

Patricia E. (Patty) Chavez es la más reciente adición al equipo de liderazgo de PIQE.  Como Directora de Políticas Chavez trabaja a nivel nacional para apoyar la visión de PIQE y agregar sobre su historia de 32 años de ayudar a los padres a convertirse en agentes de cambio.  Chavez encabeza la coordinación estatal y nacional y los esfuerzos de colaboración para fortalecer la abogacía, construir defensores de la influencia y mejorar la participación familiar en torno a los problemas que afectan el acceso a oportunidades educativas equitativas para sus hijos.  Con una base sólida en comunicaciones estratégicas, Chavez lidera el desarrollo de tecnología interactiva móvil para conectar y activar con las familias de PIQE en torno a la promoción de abogacía.

 

Chavez tiene más de 25 años de experiencia en el sector público, privado y no gubernamental desarrollando e implementando campañas de comunicación para incrementar apoyo para causas y necesidades de comunidades. Como ex miembro del consejo de la ciudad de Chula Vista, Chavez tiene una combinación única de legislación y experiencia comunitaria basada en competencia cultural que informa su trabajo con poblaciones diversas para fortalecer la voz de las comunidades no representadas.

 

Chavez es primera en su generación y en su familia que recibe títulos educativos avanzados.  Recibió su licenciatura en periodismo con un énfasis de relaciones públicas y comunicaciones de la Universidad Estatal de San Diego (SDSU) y una Maestría en Manejo de Comunicaciones de la Universidad del Sur de California (USC).