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Chair, Board of Directors

Patricia Jacobs


Patricia Jacobs is an experienced board director, senior executive, and civic leader. A 25-year telecommunications veteran, Dr. Jacobs most recently served as President-Northern Region of AT&T, responsible for developing the overall strategic direction for AT&T’s corporate activities, as well as community policy decisions in 24 states.

Prior to becoming President-Northern Region of AT&T, she held numerous leadership positions at the company, including President AT&T New England; Vice President for International Public Affairs, where she led international initiatives and corporate reputation campaigns globally; and Regional Vice President for Federal Public Affairs, where she worked on several mergers and a wide range of federal legislative and regulatory matters.

Dr. Jacobs previously served as an aide to then-congressman and now-Senator Edward J. Markey, and as a member of the staff of the Massachusetts Senate’s Commerce and Labor Committee.

Dr. Jacobs is the vice chair of the New England Council board, and serves on the board of directors of the JFK Presidential Library Foundation, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston.

Dr. Jacobs holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Boston College. She lives in Belmont, MA.