Patrick is a committed neighborhood activist, established community leader, and a passionate advocate for a vision of the District’s future that includes an emphasis on affordable and equitable housing for all residents; sustainable and high-quality transportation options; and strong, diverse neighborhood schools.
Like many who have made D.C. their home, Patrick was drawn to Washington by an interest in national politics, which led him to attend The George Washington University. He quickly fell in love with the District and his neighborhood, however, and has dedicated himself ever since to community activism and local issue advocacy.
By the end of his sophomore year of college, Patrick founded GW’s chapter of D.C. Students Speak – an organization devoted to increasing the engagement of local college students with the D.C. community. His efforts laid the groundwork for a surge in student involvement and voter registration locally, and in November 2012 he was one of three GW students elected to Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2A (ANC 2A) – the first GW students elected to the ANC in six years.
Not one week after he was elected, District of Columbia Public Schools announced their intent to close Francis-Stevens Education Campus – the sole remaining neighborhood public school in West End and a vital community institution for Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle, and Sheridan-Kalorama. Starting as commissioner-elect, Patrick was a leader in the fight to save Francis-Stevens alongside parents, teachers, school staff, and other community members.
The campaign was successful, and today’s School Without Walls @ Francis-Stevens – far from being a half-full school that narrowly averted closure – is a fully-enrolled PK3 to Grade 8 school with rising test scores, a 700-person waiting list, and a diverse community that serves neighborhood and out-of-boundary students alike.
As a new ANC commissioner and vice chair, Patrick worked to facilitate a positive and cooperative relationship between permanent residents of the area and GW students, based on the premise that students shared most interests in common with permanent residents and that those interests sometimes varied from that of the University as an institution.
In 2014, while still a GW student, Patrick was elected unanimously as ANC 2A’s chair. He became the youngest ANC chair in D.C. history at the age of 22, and was re-elected to the role three times subsequently without opposition until hitting the Commission’s prescribed term limit for officers – at which point he became the Commission’s vice chair once again. He serves in that role presently, and has been re-elected by constituents three times as ANC 2A01 without opposition: at the 2014, 2016, and 2018 general elections.
During his tenure as chair, Patrick built on the work of his predecessors and the ANC gained a reputation as being one of the District’s best-run and most effective. He worked to develop strong ties between ANC 2A and neighboring commissions, so that ANCs in the ward could combine their power more often to advocate in coalition on behalf of residents’ shared priorities. ANC 2A meetings, meantime, became a forum for thoughtful deliberation, fair debates, open discussion, and consensus-building.
Patrick has always strived to put the quality of life of neighborhood residents first. While he was chair, the ANC pursued multiple successful zoning administrator appeals and pressured problematic liquor-licensed establishments to either improve their operations or close.
But at the same time, Patrick worked closely with small business owners and residential property owners to help them navigate community engagement and District regulatory processes so that they could realize their dreams in harmony with the neighborhood’s interests. And he is most proud of facilitating solutions that have benefitted all District residents, especially in the areas of transportation and healthcare service delivery. He often mediated tough discussions in order to try and strike an appropriate balance when priorities came into conflict, in order to advance the greater good.
Aside from the ANC, Patrick has served in a variety of community leadership roles for most of the last decade. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Foggy Bottom Association since 2012 and as Treasurer of the Ward 2 Democrats since 2014.
In addition, Patrick has served on the D.C. Democratic State Committee, contributed articles to and volunteered for Greater Greater Washington, and was formerly on the Board of Directors for St. Mary’s Court, an apartment community in Foggy Bottom that provides affordable housing for seniors.
For his day job, Patrick works at CRP, Incorporated. CRP is a longstanding District-based small business, and a woman-owned Minority Business Enterprise that specializes in management consulting. He performs a variety of data and information research, analysis, and reporting functions for company clients.
A native of Clearwater, Florida, and a 12-year product of public schools, Patrick obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Public Policy Focus from GW in 2014. He can reliably be found on a Capital Bikeshare bike, on Metro, or walking around D.C. in his fluorescent yellow bike jacket. In his spare time, he loves traveling to experience other cities; watching baseball (and arguing about the relative merits of the Designated Hitter); and going to the movies, though not as much as in the halcyon days of MoviePass.