Patrick Ross

Board Member

Patrick’s entrepreneurial career covers the gamut of strategic and corporate communications. Currently leading external communications for Procopio, the largest firm in San Diego, he previously served five years in Washington, D.C., as a senior strategic communications official in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Commerce Department. There he was Chief Communications Officer of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a $4.3-billion, fully fee-funded agency with nearly 13,000 employees. Patrick also served as vice president of communications and senior fellow for the D.C.-based Progress & Freedom Foundation think tank, and co-founded the Copyright Alliance, an influential trade association, as its CEO. He spent a decade as an investigative journalist covering the White House and Capitol Hill, earning nine journalism awards, and began his career on Capitol Hill working for U.S. Senator Harry M. Reid (D-NV). Patrick is an award-winning creative writer and published author, and has been interviewed frequently by numerous media outlets including CNN, NPR, C-SPAN, Fox News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He has delivered keynotes and participated in panel discussions at several dozen events across the U.S. and in Europe, including major conferences such as South by Southwest (SXSW) and the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Patrick earned a B.A. in International Relations from Pomona College and an M.F.A. in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He lives in Pacific Beach with his wife Laura.