Patricia Diaz Dennis '73
Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel
SBC Communications, Inc.
Labor and communications law specialist Patricia Diaz Dennis graduated with honors from UCLA in 1970 and from Loyola Law School in 1973. She is Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Regulation and Public Policy with SBC Communications, Inc. SBC Communications Inc. is one of the world's leading diversified telecommunications companies providing innovative products and services under the Southwestern Bell, Pacific Bell, Nevada Bell and Cellular One brands. SBC provides local and long-distance telephone service, wireless communications, paging, internet access, telecommunications equipment and directory advertising and publishing.
After graduating from law school, Ms. Diaz Dennis became the first woman and the first Hispanic ever to be offered a job with the prestigious law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker in Los Angeles. She has also held positions with the labor law department of the American Broadcasting Corporation (1978-83); was appointed to the National Labor Relations Board by President Ronald Reagan in 1983; was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission in 1986 (also by President Reagan); and, was partner and head of the Communications Practice Division at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue (1989-91).
In 1991, Ms. Diaz Dennis was appointed Vice President of Government Affairs for United Telecom/Sprint. The following year, she was appointed to the position of Assistant Secretary for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs by President George Bush. Before joining SBC, she was Special Counsel for Communications Matters with Sullivan & Cromwell in its Washington, D.C. office.
She serves on a number of civic, educational, charitable and business boards, including MassMutual/The Blue Chip Company, National Public Radio (NPR), Citadel Communications Corporation, the Foundation for Women's Resources, and the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund. She is a trustee for the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation (RTNDF) and the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute. She currently co-chairs the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Commission to examine the interconnections between gender, technology and teacher education.