Patricia Jacobs, Ph.D.

President – AT&T Northern Region  
Patricia Jacobs currently serves as the president of AT&T Massachusetts and Rhode Island and AT&T Northern Region. In these roles she is responsible for the overall strategic direction for AT&T’s corporate activities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as well as overseeing that direction for seventeen states from Maine to Illinois, as well as Washington, DC.

Prior to her current roles, Pattie held numerous leadership positions at the company, including 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.

Pattie’s career spans politics, academia and business. Prior to joining AT&T, she served as an aide to Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and as staff to the U.S House of Representatives Commerce and Labor Committee. Patricia was a visiting professor, teaching american foreign policy at the University of New Hampshire, and served as a staff member to the Massachusetts State Senate’s Commerce and Labor Committee.

Pattie serves on several corporate and non-profit boards. In 2016, she was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to the board of directors for the Massachusetts Port Authority, where she serves as vice chairman. She is also vice chairman of board of the New England Council and serves on the boards of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. In 2019, Pattie was named by the Boston Business Journal as one of the 50 Most Influential People in the region. The BBJ’s “Power 50” recognized Patricia’s leadership and her “record for putting people and important causes first.”

Pattie holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. and Ph.D. in International Politics and Security Studies from Boston College. At Boston College, she was awarded the Thomas P. O’Neill Fellowship, the highest department award for academic achievement.

Pattie is a native New Englander — born in North Kingston, Rhode Island, and raised in Brunswick, Maine — and has called Massachusetts home for the past three decades. She currently lives in Belmont, Massachusetts, with her three children.

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