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Movers and Shakers: Dorene C. Dominguez

Movers and Shakers: Dorene C. Dominguez

Dorene C. Dominguez became the first Latina NBA governor as a member of the governing group that purchased the Sacramento Kings basketball team

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Dorene C. Dominguez has served as the chairwoman and CEO of Vanir since 2004. Continuing her father’s legacy, he founded the company in 1964, Dominguez has successfully positioned Vanir as a national leader in program, project, and construction management, as well as real estate development delivering $29.3 billion in value to clients across the US.

An avid community supporter and sports fan, Dominguez is a member of the governing group that aggressively pursued, and ultimately purchased, the Sacramento Kings professional basketball team in 2013. With the purchase, she became the first Latina to hold the distinction of NBA governor status.

Dominguez also serves as a trustee for the University of Notre Dame, sitting on the University’s Audit and Stewardship Committees, and is an active member of various corporate and nonprofit boards and councils, including for kb Home, Douglas Emmett, Aspen Institute’s Latinos and Society Program Advisory Council, PRIDE Industries, and University of Notre Dame Latino Studies Advisory Board.

Perhaps her greatest passion is her work with underserved students. In 2004, Dominguez formed the Dominguez Dream in Memory of H. Frank Dominguez 501(c)(3), a public nonprofit organization. The Dominguez Dream is committed to empowering children in underserved communities to achieve their full potential through literacy, STEAM, social-emotional learning, and parent engagement programs. The organization works to transform the way students learn by partnering with school administrators, staff, and teachers to identify their greatest need.

Dominguez graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in finance and holds a certificate in corporate governance from Harvard University.

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