CEO | SHPE
Prior to serving as the CEO of SHPE, Raquel Tamez served as the Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel, and Senior Vice President of Legal at SourceAmerica. In this role, Raquel was responsible for Legal, Ethics & Compliance, Regulatory, Enterprise Risk Management & Internal Audit, Contracts Management, Board Governance, Information Governance, Intellectual Property and Legal Crisis Management. Prior to SourceAmerica, Raquel served as the Deputy General Counsel of Litigation and e-Discovery Counsel at CSC, a global leader in next generation IT services and solutions. In her role at CSC, Raquel was responsible for the management of all litigation matters. She advised senior executives across the globe on commercial disputes and labor & employment matters, assessing merits, potential liability, and damages. Raquel also served as the Global e-Discovery Counsel and subject matter expert for the Company managing all phases of the process including legal holds, collection, document review and production, and vendor relationships. Prior to joining CSC, Raquel was in private practice at a law firm in Dallas Texas, where she represented CSC as a client.
After starting her legal career as Trial Attorney and Prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Labor Solicitor’s Office, she joined Mary Kay, Inc., an international cosmetics company. As in-house counsel, she handled all international employment matters for 35 subsidiaries as well as domestic-manufacturing labor and employment issues. She then served as Vice President and Corporate Counsel for Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., a global BPO and IT outsourcing company based in Texas, where she managed all aspects of employment-related litigation and oversaw the development and implementation of the company’s worldwide compliance training program.
Raquel is an active member of several professional organizations, including DC’s Hispanic Bar Association. She speaks fluent Spanish and has received national recognition as a recipient of the Hispanic Corporate Achiever Award bestowed by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility. Raquel is a 2011 Fellow in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Talent Development Program, an organization of in-house counsel and law firm attorneys. Raquel was featured in the “Leading Latinas” June 2013 issue of Hispanic Executive and was subsequently selected for the magazine’s “Best of 2013” tablet edition. In the Summer/Fall 2013, Raquel was featured in Hispanic Career World published by Equal Opportunity Publication. Raquel was also honored with the designation of “R-3 100: The Next Generation of General Counsel” in the August 2013 and 2015 issues of Inside Counsel. In March 2015, Raquel was named one of the “2015 Corporate Counsel Trending 40” by Legal Bisnow and the Association of Corporate Counsel. Raquel was featured once more in the September 2015 issue of Hispanic Executive highlighting her work with a cause. In January 2016, Raquel was voted one of 25 Most Influential Hispanic Lawyers by Leading Latinos magazine. And in February 2016, Raquel presented the need for more minority lawyer thought leadership on MinorityCounselorTV. In March 2017, Vanguard Law Magazine featured Raquel’s role in creating employment opportunities for persons with significant disabilities as well as building resilience outside of the classroom. In May 2017, Raquel was featured for the third time in Hispanic Executive. This time in its most popular issue, “Best of the Board.” In this feature, Raquel discusses how to overcome professional setbacks with the support of a personal board of directors. In June 2017, Raquel was featured in Latina Style Magazine’s Executive Spotlight wherein she addressed Latina’s inherent power of transformation and superpowers. Three months later in October 2017, Raquel was quoted and interviewed by Al Dia News about the state of Hispanics in STEM as well as SHPE’s highly-anticipated Annual Conference. Most recently, Raquel spoke to a conference room of Hispanic pre-law students at the 3rd Annual National Hispanic Pre-Law Conference 2017 in November 2017. You can see Raquel’s key note speech on YouTube.
Raquel graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and St. Mary’s University School of Law. She is a native of Texas and currently resides in Washington, D.C. She has a certification in personal training and Pilates; practices yoga regularly, and is a devoted runner, swimmer, and road biker.