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Dr. Patricia Hughes joined the agency in 2003 with well-rounded career experience within government, public and private non-profit sectors, for-profit corporations, and as an independent contractor. Dr. Hughes (some call her Dr. Patty) works closely with GLAD’s Board of Directors and staff to develop and administer a 10-county program providing social services to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and deaf disabled. Dr. Hughes has been an advocate all her life – she is passionate about seeing deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and deaf disabled people receive the same access to services as hearing people.
Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Hughes provided NAD’s technical assistance on Section 504 anti-discrimination laws, was involved in implementing the first statewide TRS (telephone relay service) system operated by non-profit agencies and TTY equipment distribution system in the United States, and provided consultation to several telephone companies and states during this process. She has served on numerous committees to develop guidelines under Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and served on the U.S. Commission on Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing as the Chair of its Executive Committee.
Dr. Hughes was the first deaf person to be accepted to Seattle University’s Graduate Program in Public Administration. She was also the first deaf person accepted to the accredited Union Institute where she obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree with an emphasis on Organizational Development. Born deaf to deaf parents, Dr. Hughes is the proud mother of two children, Jake and Iris.
Members of GLAD’s Board of Directors are vested with the governance of GLAD and its subsidiaries. They have a fiduciary responsibility for the creation and revision of bylaws, organization policies and guidelines, service objectives and goals, community visibility, and fiscal security and accountability. Additionally, they are responsible for the employment of the Chief Executive Officer and approving a majority of the boards of its subsidiary organizations.
Thousand Oaks, CA
Long Beach, CA
TC GLAD Representative
OC DEAF Representative
Sherman Oaks, CA
Long Beach, CA
Los Angeles, CA
The board meets regularly at the GLAD building or through videophone.