Following an extensive and accomplished career in government, politics and strategic communications in New York State, Pat was recruited in 2014 to be the founding director of the Westchester Jewish Center’s first communications and marketing department in Mamaroneck, NY. Previously, Pat served as Director of Communications & Marketing for PLA New York, a premier government affairs and media relations firm with offices in NYC, Buffalo, Albany and the Republic of Panama. While at PLA New York, Pat planned and executed several major media and advocacy events including promotional and advance work for a historical MLB Legend series with the NY Yankees & Miami Marlins in Panama, where she coordinated on-site logistics and public relations for special events with the Mariano Rivera Foundation and local partners. As a public affairs consultant for the music industry, Pat also managed several large-scale in-store music productions, including Justin Bieber & J&R Music World Appreciation Day in Manhattan.
During her tenure at the Westchester Jewish Center, Pat created the Center’s first Instagram page; quadrupled the number of likes on the Center’s Facebook and oversaw a redesign of the website. She also edited all publications, including the monthly 16-page print newsletter, weekly electronic newsletter, the annual program guide and was responsible for weekly press releases and placement. Pat also directed a YouTube video to promote the Center’s programming.
In 2017, Pat started her communications consulting role with the Women’s Business Development Council of Connecticut where she led a social media campaign in collaboration with several statewide women’s empowerment organizations on Twitter @ctwbdc, Facebook and Instagram to publicize the organization’s fourth annual Women-Owned Business Day at the Connecticut State Capitol. She has also served as the public relations director for the annual Michael Ness Golf Tournament to Benefit the Connecticut Burn Center since its inception in 2014. Pat has consistently delivered first-page newspaper coverage as well as local cable news and interviews for tourney participants. The Tournament is one of the largest contributors to the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation which oversees the region’s only burn center.
Earlier in her career, Pat was a speechwriter for the New York State Housing Czar and Division of Housing and Community Renewal Commissioner, press officer for the Bronx Borough President and media relations director for a city-wide political campaign.
She has worked as an account executive for a public affairs firm in Manhattan, where she led grassroots and media relations efforts for healthcare organizations, public benefit corporations, and nonprofits.
Following her passion for all things Italian, Pat founded: Vini, Vitti, Dici –Wines, Food and Conversation Italian Style! – A cultural salon for Italophiles, oenophiles and foodies alike. Her efforts on behalf of the Italian American community in Connecticut were recently recognized with an appointment to the Board of Directors of the National Organization of Italian American Women.
An English major with a concentration in Writing, Pat earned a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University. Pat also studied at the Universita` per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy. She is a member of the board of directors of Barnard Business and Professional Women under the auspices of the Barnard College Alumnae Association (AABC). Pat also served three terms on the AABC board where she headed the college-wide reunion program and chaired Barnard College’s Regional Networks Committee. She recently received the Award for Service to Barnard College.