Portrait of Patricia Zarate

Ms. Zarate has worked at the Department of Energy for eleven years. She currently serves as the Deputy Director for the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity.

In her capacity as Deputy Director, Ms. Zarate is responsible for formulating and executing equal employment opportunity (EEO) and diversity and inclusion policies and practices, overseeing the EEO complaint process and external civil rights monitoring and enforcement functions, and advising Departmental leaders, managers, and employees of their rights and responsibilities with respect to federal discrimination and harassment laws and regulations.

Prior to joining the Department, Ms. Zarate worked as a briefing attorney for the Honorable Nelda V. Rodriguez of the Texas Thirteenth District Court of Appeals.

Ms. Zarate graduated cum laude from St. Mary’s University School of Law. She received her B.S.F.S. degree from Georgetown University. Ms. Zarate is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and the District of Columbia.