Douglas X. Patiño

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Douglas X. Patiño


Dr. Douglas X. Patiño has over four decades of service as an executive in government, for profit and not for profit sectors. He is Vice Chancellor Emeritus for the California State University (CSU) system. He also served as Professor of Social Work, CSU, Los Angeles, and as President of The CSU Foundation. Dr. Patiño was awarded the title of Emeritus for his outstanding contributions in advancing the CSU system, the largest senior university system in the United States. As one of the CSU system’s four senior executives, Dr. Patiño was responsible for creating policies, procedures and development of all areas of university advancement. He also served as President of the California State University Foundation.

Previously, Dr. Patiño served as Director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security in the cabinet of Arizona Governor Bruce Babbit. He served as Secretary of the California Health and Welfare Agency, as Director of the California Employment Development Department, and as the department’s Deputy Director for planning and review service branch in the State’s administration under California Governor Jerry Brown. He also served as founding President and CEO of the New Partnerships Foundation; and as founding President and CEO of the Marin Community Foundation. Earlier, he served as Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo; as Associate Director, Center for Urban and Human Development; Director, Community Environmental Management Master’s Degree program, United States International University in San Diego; and as Deputy Director of Sacramento Concilio, Inc., in Sacramento, California.

Dr. Patiño is very active in community service. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Marguerite Casey Foundation; and as former President Bill Clinton’s appointee to the Enterprise for the Americas Board. He also served as a Board member of the Centro Mexicano Para La Filantropia; The Foundation Center; The California Wellness Foundation; The Campanile Foundation; and The Association of Black Foundation Executives. Dr. Patiño was Chairman of the U.S./Mexico Committee on Philanthropy for the Council on Foundations and Chairman of the Board for Hispanics in Philanthropy.

Dr. Patiño has received numerous honors and awards for his work, particularly in civil rights, including the Immigration Justice Award, Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education Award, Hispanic Caucus of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Award, San Diego State University Distinguished Alumni Award; Patiño Moore Legacy Award, Long Beach League of United Latin American Council Education Leadership Award; Hispanic Business 100 Most Influential Hispanics Award; California Human Development Corporation of Santa Rosa Azteca Award for Public Services to Farm Worker Families; and United Way of the Bay Area and National Concilio of America Leadership and Public Service Award. He also served as co-chair for the delegation of foundation executives to meet with Mexican philanthropists and government officials for the Council on Foundations.

Dr. Patiño earned a Ph.D. in human behavior, specializing in urban development, from United States International University. He earlier earned a Master’s of Arts degree in counseling education and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in political science, both from San Diego State University.