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Patrick D'Amelio

Washington State Charter Schools Association
Seattle, WA
Patrick D’Amelio serves as WA Charters’ Chief Executive Officer. Patrick, who joined WA Charters in May 2017, brings a long track record of increasing high-quality educational opportunities for students in Washington, and comes to WA Charters with more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience in education and youth development.

Consistent with WA Charters’ mission – to advocate for and support high quality charter public schools that meet the needs of historically underserved students – Patrick has dedicated his career to bringing educational opportunities and critical developmental support to children, particularly those with the greatest needs and fewest resources.

Prior to leading WA Charters, Patrick held a highly successful five-year post as CEO at Washington STEM. When he joined Washington STEM in 2012, statewide awareness of STEM education was low, at just 32%. Today, 94% of Washington voters believe that every child in the state should have access to a high-quality STEM education in Washington’s K-12 public schools. Under Patrick’s leadership, Washington STEM raised and leveraged more than $50 million through connections with private and public donors, the impact of which has been an extraordinary increase in the number of students able to access STEM education, particularly those in low-income communities and from communities of color.

Patrick’s work over the past two decades in the nonprofit space reflects his unwavering commitment to ensuring that every young person has an opportunity to succeed in life. As President and CEO for the Alliance for Education, he executed strategic planning to reframe the mission of helping students in Seattle Public Schools achieve academic success, and he worked with varying interests to support their common vision. During his tenure at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, Patrick oversaw the pairing of caring adult mentors with young people while growing programs, increasing revenues, and balancing budgets.

In his free time, Patrick, a Seattle native, enjoys travel, outdoor recreation, and spending time with his husband Jeff and their children Etta and Dylan.