Patrick Ross is an award-winning professional and creative writer experienced in strategic communications and marketing.
Patrick's entrepreneurial career covers the gamut of strategic and corporate communications. Currently leading external communications for an AmLaw 200 law firm in southern California, he previously served as a senior strategic communications official in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Commerce Department. There he was the Chief Communications Officer of a $4.3-billion, fully fee-funded agency. Patrick also served as the vice president of communications and senior fellow for a free-market think tank, and co-founded as its CEO an influential trade association. 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 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 also serves on the Board of Directors of Free to Thrive, a nonprofit that provides free legal services and other support to survivors of human trafficking.
Patrick holds an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has been published in numerous literary journals. He has taught creative writing for The Loft Literary Center and The Writer's Center. In 2012 he won the Sidney W. Vernick Prize in Nonfiction from fwriction: review, and in 2014 his acclaimed literary travel memoir Committed: A Memoir of the Artist's Road was published by Black Rose Writing. You can follow his creative journey on The Artist's Road. He is currently writing an urban fantasy novel that would be the first of a trilogy.
Patrick 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). He has spoken as an expert on a wide variety of subjects, including the rise of the digital economy, industry and culture; technology and intellectual property policy; written and verbal communications; and creativity and the artistic process.
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