senior vice President of legal at sourceamerica
Raquel Tamez currently serves as the Chief Legal Officer at SourceAmerica, 501(c)(3) social enterprise with oversight of 550 nonprofits nationwide. As a central nonprofit, SourceAmerica operates under the Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) Act and the AbilityOne Program, a $3B federal purchasing program that enables people with significant disabilities to work by providing services and goods to federal and commercial customers. Through its network, SourceAmerica employs over 115,000 persons with disabilities including service-disable veterans. Reporting directly to the CEO and the Board of Directors, Raquel is responsible for all of Legal, Ethics & Compliance, Regulatory, Enterprise Risk Management & Internal Audit, Contracts Management, Board Governance, Information Governance, and Legal Crisis Management. In her previous role, 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, labor & employment matters, operational issues, regulatory compliance 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. Raquel is a frequent presenter on complex litigation, litigation management, e-discovery and information governance topics. 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 there, 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. now a Xerox Company, 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 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners. Most recently, 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, she 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. The “R-3” in R-3 100 means ready to become general counsel in three years. InsideCounsel collaborated with executive search firms that include Korn/Ferry, Major Lindsey & Africa, and Diversityforce LLC to develop the R-3 100. The cover story in the August issue of InsideCounsel highlights the 100 women of the 2013 class. Most recently, 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. Most recently, in January 2016, Raquel was voted one of 25 Most Influential Hispanic Lawyers by Leading Latinos magazine. You can see Raquel present on the need for more minority lawyer thought leadership at MinorityCounselorTV.
Raquel graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and St. Mary’s University School of Law. She has a certification in personal training and Pilates; practices yoga regularly and is a devoted runner, swimmer, boxer, and road biker.