Steve Patrick is a Vice President of the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions. He oversees work that includes a focus on building the collective impact field, as well as launching and implementing the Opportunity Youth Forum in partnership with over 30 different foundations. His work at the Forum for Community Solutions has helped to grow the opportunity youth movement while also lifting up successful stories of civic engagement and community power building.
Prior to joining the Forum for Community Solutions, Steve served as a Senior Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
His work at Gates included managing a portfolio of grants focused on supporting opportunity youth on pathways to and through postsecondary education, along with work focused on adult education populations and education for justice involved individuals. Steve also served as a Vice President at the Daniels Fund and as Director of Youth and Emerging Initiatives at the New Mexico Community Foundation.
Steve is the Co-founder of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and spent several years leading youth programs for the San Juan Pueblo Tribe. Steve has served on a number of Boards including Grantmakers for Education, and Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE). 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, Steve served on the Obama Transition Committee focused on Social Innovation and Civil Society.
Steve resides in Bainbridge Island, Washington, with his wife, Suzanne and sons, Jackson and Will.