Patty is the Vice President of Special Initiatives at the Simons Foundation. Her work involves working with the board, grantees and members of the community to manage and enhance the impact of the Simons family’s philanthropic efforts and the discretionary grantmaking of the foundation. Patty brings a broad range of experience in not-for-profit management with a focus on women’s health and organizational development. Prior to joining the staff in March 2008, she spent ten years in Southeast Asia on assignments for Pathfinder International, Planned Parenthood, the Asian Development Bank, the World Health Organization and the United Nations. Previously, she had served as Vice President of Operations at Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic. Patty holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a master’s degree in public administration from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.