Pat’s interdisciplinary work underscores issues of racial and social equity for communities of color, immigrants, low-income families, women and children. Pat brings over 20 years of experience in participatory evaluation, research and policy analysis in community-building and public health systems change initiatives, with a focus on vulnerable populations.

Prior to joining The Giving Practice, Pat worked extensively with foundations, both as staff and in a consulting role. She also worked internationally at United Nations agencies, such as the International Labour Organization, the World Health Organization and UNAIDS. Her domestic public sector background includes the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families in San Francisco and the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Her nonprofit experience includes the following California organizations: Goodwill Industries, Asian Health Services, Greenlining Institute and Youth Law Center.

Pat received a master’s degree in public policy and a master’s degree in public health from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and gender studies from Occidental College.