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ASCEND Speaker Raquel Tamez

Raquel Tamez

CEO
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

Raquel Tamez is CEO of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), a national organization focused on empowering the Hispanic community and creating a powerful network of students and professionals via the promotion of careers in STEM. Since 2017, she has expanded SHPE’s national programs, services, and resources it offers to its 13,000-plus members nationwide.

Prior to SHPE, Tamez was the chief legal officer, general counsel, and SVP of legal for SourceAmerica, a national nonprofit that creates employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities. Currently, she serves as a board member of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives and represents SHPE on both the Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility Board of Directors and STEM Education Coalition.

In 2019, she was appointed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) as a member of the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM); similarly, the Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CDEI) appointed her as a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s School of Law.

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