BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker today swore in Patricia Jacobs to the Massachusetts Port Authority Board of Directors. Jacobs is the President of AT&T New England and oversees the corporation’s legislative, regulatory and public affairs strategies in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Prior to assuming her current role, Jacobs held numerous positions for the corporation including Regional Vice President for International Affairs where she managed international policy initiatives and Regional Vice President for Federal Affairs where she worked on a wide range of federal regulatory and legislative matters. AT&T ranked 10
th on the Fortune 500 list in 2016.
“Patricia Jacobs’ experience and contributions to Massport’s board and facilities will help drive their continued growth and success,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are pleased to have strong and talented individuals like Patricia providing strategic guidance to the facilities that the economic strength of our Commonwealth and region rely so heavily upon.”
Massachusetts Port Authority Board is a seven-member group that oversees Massport, a financially independent authority which owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, the public container and cruise terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, Worcester Regional Airport as well as real estate holdings and public parks in South Boston and East Boston. Board members are not paid for their service.
Before she joined AT&T, Jacobs worked as an aide to then-Congressman Edward J. Markey, and as a staffer of the Massachusetts Senate’s Commerce and Labor Committee. Throughout her career, Jacobs has been deeply involved with the work of government at the local, state, federal and international levels.
“Massport is so fortunate to have the expertise and accomplishments of Patricia Jacobs represented on its Board of Directors,’’ said Sen. Edward J. Markey, (D-Mass.). “Pattie is a public policy powerhouse, devoting her career to building and strengthening Massachusetts’s innovation economy. She will provide invaluable experience with legislative and regulatory strategy that will support Massport’s continued excellence.”
Jacobs has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin as well as a master’s and a doctorate degree in Political Science from Boston College.
“Patricia’s experience and reputation are impressive and I and the other members of the Board look forward to working with her in continuing to use Massport’s resources for the benefit of the Massachusetts economy and the convenience of its citizens,’’ said Massport Board Chairman Mike Angelini.
Massport’s mission states it is a “world class organization of people moving people and goods – and connecting Massachusetts and New England to the world – safely and securely and with a commitment to our neighboring communities.”
“We welcome Patricia Jacobs to the Massport board,’’ said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “Not only is she a senior executive at a major American corporation, she is also experienced in Washington public policy circles.”
Jacobs lives in the Boston suburbs with her three children. Her term on the board expires in seven years.