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Patrick Hidalgo

Former Associate Director of Public Engagement

Patrick was Associate Director of Public Engagement, where he served as Deputy Director of the White House Business Council, helping to ensure that business leaders are aware of and have input into the Administration’s efforts to spur job creation and economic competitiveness. Previously, he served as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, where he formulated strategy on issues ranging from entrepreneurship promotion globally to our economic response to the Arab Spring.

Patrick’s business experience includes co-founding MindSight, a company that partners with top American universities and experts to provide leadership training to the private and public sector throughout the Middle East. He also worked on the strategy team for a multi-billion dollar conglomerate that operates clusters in the healthcare, entertainment, manufacturing and knowledge sectors.

Patrick’s organizing experience includes serving as the Obama campaign’s Florida Hispanic Vote Director in 2008. He also co-founded “En Comunión,” an initiative to create a safe space for dialogue on U.S.-Cuba relations that triggered a first of its kind coalition of business, political and humanitarian groups in Miami seeking change in U.S.-Cuba policy.

Patrick earned his MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School, MBA from MIT Sloan, and BA from Georgetown University.