Phyllis is the Chief Executive Officer of Conexión and a lifelong Latina activist and social entrepreneur committed to developing and advancing Latino leadership. Ms. Barajas’ unprecedented career spans industries and roles. She served as the first Latina assistant dean for human resources at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is a former deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education offices of elementary, secondary and bilingual education appointed by President Clinton.
She serves on numerous non-profit boards and is a trustee of Eastern Bank, the largest independent, mutually owned bank in New England, with headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the first Latina trustee since the bank’s founding in 1818. She is originally from Omaha, Nebraska the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants.