Patricia E Chavez – Vice President of External Relations
As V.P. of External Relations, Patricia (Patty) Chavez leads national initiatives that build and execute brand, strengthen marketing and communications, foster strategic partnerships, and expand relationships with policy makers, education leaders, partners and stakeholders. Patty leads a department comprised of advocacy and influence, communications and fund development to achieve PIQE’s strategic plan objectives and continue building upon PIQE’s mission of social justice and educational equity.
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. 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.