Steve Patrick

Steve Patrick

Executive Director

Stephen Patrick became the Executive Director of The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions at the Aspen Institute in November, 2012. Previously Steve served as a Senior Program Officer on the Postsecondary Success Team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His work at Gates included development of a portfolio focused on Back on Track pathways that include a postsecondary credential for out of school and out of work populations, as well as development of Accelerating Opportunity, the foundation’s strategy focused on adult education populations, in partnership with a number of other funders. Prior to coming to the Gates Foundation in 2007, Stephen served as the Director of Youth and Emerging Initiatives with the New Mexico Community Foundation. He previously served as a Vice President and NM Director of the Daniels Fund, the first billion dollar foundation in the Rocky Mt region.  Before joining the Daniels staff, Steve co-founded and was the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC), based in Taos, NM. He is the former Director of Youth and Indian Child Welfare Act Programs for the San Juan Pueblo tribe. He is a past President of the Board of Directors and helped to start the San Juan Pueblo Tribal Department of Education. He has served on a number of Boards including Grantmakers for Education, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE), and as a former Trustee of the Bosque School. He was selected as a Next Generation Leadership Fellow by the Rockefeller Foundation and was appointed by Governor Richardson to serve as the Co-Chair of the New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism (AmeriCorps). In 2008, Stephen served on the Obama Transition Committee focused on Social Innovation and Civil Society. He lives on Bainbridge Island with his wife, Suzanne and sons, Jackson and Will.