Denise Moreno Ducheny

Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, UCSD | Sr. Policy Advisor

Denise Moreno Ducheny is currently the Senior Policy Advisor at UC San Diego’s Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies (USMEX), based at the School of Global Policy and Strategy. USMEX contributes to the ongoing integration process between the U.S. and Mexico by providing a forum for thought leaders to engage in public dialogue, training future leaders, and supporting cutting edge research. Ducheny served in the California State Senate from 2002 to 2010, in the California State Assembly from 1994 to 2000, and on the San Diego Community College Board from 1990 to 1994. Prior to her service in the Legislature, Denise was an attorney in private practice. In both Houses of the Legislature she was the first woman and the first Latino to chair the Budget Committee, serving as Chair four years in each house. She served on many policy committees as well, including Water, Transportation, Housing, and Judiciary, and was actively engaged in developing bi-national meetings of legislators from California with U.S. and Mexican State Legislators along the length of the Border and among the Legislators of California, Baja California, and Baja California Sur. In 2014, in recognition of her dedication to the U.S.-Mexico relationship, Denise was awarded the Premio Ohtli by the Mexican Government and was appointed by President Obama to the Board of Directors of the North American Development Bank where she continues to serve. Ducheny holds a B.A. in history from Pomona College and a J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law.