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 SHPE Names New CEO

The Los Angeles, CA-based Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) appointed a new CEO earlier this year. Raquel Tamez started her new post in June, having served in a number of executive leadership roles in the private, public and non-profit sectors, notes SHPE, and was most recently the chief legal counsel at a national non-profit.
“After an extensive nationwide search with the assistance of Korn Ferry, a national executive search firm, the board has made an excellent choice. The search process was very rigorous and resulted in the selection of a very seasoned, exemplary candidate with a broad experience base. The board is excited and confident in Raquel’s capabilities to take SHPE to the next level during this time of significant growth for the organization,” says Claudia Goggin, SHPE board chair.
SHPE is a national organization founded in 1974 with a vision of “a world where Hispanics are highly valued and influential as the leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians and engineers.”
Tamez will focus on the pursuit of that vision by developing strong relationships with SHPE members and corporate partners to increase the organization’s national presence and impact in the STEM community. She’ll work on enhancing the K-12 program and developing the pipeline, innovating SHPE’s programming and offering immersive learning experiences to increase and diversify the SHPE membership base.
“It’s an honor to be a part of this amazing organization. I welcome the opportunity to support and lead this dynamic team of people, working with them to share our story with the community, develop innovative programs and make SHPE the most highly regarded national organization serving Hispanics in STEM,” says Tamez, who’s an active member in several organizations, including the Washington, DC Hispanic Bar Association and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Talent Development Program.
In addition to appointing Tamez as its new CEO, SHPE appointed Christopher Miguel Wilkie, Ph.D., its new COO and chief of staff, and Dora Renaud, Ed.D., its new senior director, academics and professional development. Both appointments took place in August.
SHPE further welcomed Miguel Alemañy as its new chair of the national board of directors. Her position was effective as of the beginning of July. She’s been an active member for 18 years, most recently serving as board vice chair.
Long-time Boeing executive Adriana Ocampo also returned to the board to serve as the new vice chair, after having served as region 6 vice president from 2006 to 2010, the national board secretary from 2010 to 2012 and region 7 vice president since 2016.
Dr. Peter Rios, biomedical tissue engineer and visiting research assistant professor in the department of surgery at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), has also joined the board. Finally, SHPE also welcomed three new student representatives to the board: National Graduate Representative Trevor Aguirre from Colorado State University, and National Undergraduate Representatives Karla Rivero from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Aileen Tapia from The University of Texas at El Paso.
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