Patty has worked with non-profits for over 20 years both in the US and overseas, including community development,
organizational and professional leadership development, campus ministry and national association work.
She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology/Pre-Med from The Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in Public Health Education/Community Development from the University of North Carolina. Ongoing training and education have come most strongly by living with and learning together from community leaders and mentors in the Sandtown (Baltimore) and Lawndale (Chicago) neighborhoods.
Patty served with various ministries of New Song in Sandtown (Baltimore) from 1998-2012, including resource development director positions and as Co-Executive Director of New Song Urban Ministries (2007-2012). In these capacities, Patty led staff development efforts, directed fundraising campaigns (including a $5 million capital campaign), coordinated marketing/PR efforts, helped launch a small corner coffee shop, provided board facilitation, worked with leadership transition issues, and oversaw budget/finance management
She most recently served as Chief Operations Officer for the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) headquartered in Chicago, where her responsibilities included oversight for accounting/finances, human resources, technology, staff development, infrastructure/operations, facilities, board management, strategic plan implementation, fundraising strategy, communications coordination, and support for members around the country. She recently returned to Sandtown and is excited to be back “home.”
Patty’s background also includes work in public health (technical assistance to state and local health departments), geriatric research, corporate marketing, psychiatric program management, college campus ministry, and in leadership development/support for NGO’s in India and Kenya. She has extensive experience working cross-culturally in the States and abroad.
Patty was born to Indian parents in the U.S. with an extended family network, which instilled in her a strong value for community and what it means to belong together. She has offered her community development expertise and faith-based leadership on numerous boards both domestically and internationally, including CCDA, Communities First Association (CFA), Kupenda for the Children (Kenya) and PRIA Ministries (India).
You can often find Patty listening to music (gospel, jazz, folk and classical at the top of the list), cooking (mostly Indian food, spinach balls and banana muffins) for her neighbors, on the floor hanging out with little ones, somewhere with any one of her huge Indian extended family, gallivanting around the globe, or playing with Tiger & Fulton (two of the craziest cats ever!).