Patty is a bilingual San Diego native and a graduate from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Her professional background spans more than two decades and includes serving 15 years in corporate communications roles inside the nonprofit, healthcare and biotech industries, among others.
Prior to joining Open Doors Academy, Patty was the community relations manager at the San Diego Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) where she managed the entire Center’s volunteer and donor programs, including its fundraising and media relations efforts.
She initially began her career in television news serving various newsroom roles with CNN, first at the news organization’s world headquarters in Atlanta and then in its Los Angeles bureau. Patty returned home to San Diego by transitioning into the PR world where she worked with agencies such as The Townsend Agency and Fleishman-Hillard, joined corporate tech giant QUALCOMM and followed that up with stints at Novatel Wireless (now Inseego) and Life Technologies (now Thermo Fisher Scientific).
Today, she sits on the Board of the San Diego Salvation Army’s ARC and is very happy to call Cleveland her new home, which she shares with her mother and two dogs, Coco and Chanel.