Kylie Patterson is a strategic leader working at the intersection of institutional change management, equity and economics. She is driven to create economic opportunities for people of color and low wage earners. She is proud to serve in the U.S. Senate on the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee as a Professional Staff Member under the leadership of Chairman, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD).
Before joining the U.S. Senate, Kylie served as the inaugural Director of Economic Inclusion at Johns Hopkins University where she advanced racial, gender and geographic inclusion through job creation, small business development, and collective procurement with anchors and corporations in the Baltimore Metro region. She led three presidential initiatives (HopkinsLocal, BLocal and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program) that created jobs and focused investments in small minority- and women-owned businesses. Ms. Patterson set the vision and kept accountable a team of over 15 professional staff working across the university and health system in human resources, procurement, facilities and construction.
Through HopkinsLocal, Johns Hopkins has hired over 2,000 Baltimore City residents from distressed neighborhoods and increased local and minority spending by more than $500 million. Kylie spearheaded the development of new goals for the work where diversity and equity are now foundational. Kylie’s experience includes leading business improvements and project implementations to shift portions of Johns Hopkins’ national procurement spend to local, small, minority-owned suppliers. In addition, she helped develop and convene a group of civic, government, nonprofit and community leaders to serve as an advisory council to ensure more voices are heard in the development and execution of the work. With BLocal, she has expanded the number of like-minded institutions who are setting public goals around local and/or minority hiring and purchasing.
Formally, Ms. Patterson served as the Senior Program Manager for the Racial Wealth Divide Initiative at Prosperity Now, where she worked to decrease economic and financial disparities by providing organizational capacity building to and establishing best practices and policy recommendations in partnership with local nonprofit organizations in New Orleans, Miami, Chicago and Baltimore.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Patterson has managed annual budgets in excess of $1.5 million and traveled nationally. Her work has led to the annual employment of over 1,200 low-income youth in the City of Minneapolis and the development of more than 250 jobs for low-income adults nationally. Ms. Patterson also worked as a management consultant for BCT Partners, a premier minority-owned and operated consultancy led by Dr. Randal Pinkett.
Ms. Patterson is an accomplished writer, featured in the Baltimore Sun, CNN, The Huffington Post and Blavity. As a subject matter expert on racial economic inequality, economic inclusion and anchor strategies, she has been a featured speaker at the Aspen Institute, Brookings Institution and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), among others. She has also been featured on Sirius XM Radio and Fox News.
Ms. Patterson holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies and Political Science from Temple University and a Masters of Public Policy with a concentration in community economic development from the University of Minnesota. She is a Truman Scholar (PA- 2009), Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow and New Leaders Council Fellow (2015) – New Jersey. She currently serves as Advancement Chair for the New Leaders Council – Maryland Chapter. Kylie is also a 2020 Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies Justice Fellow and member of the 2020 GBC Leadership Class.