Kylie Patterson is the Director of Local Economic Inclusion at The Johns Hopkins University. In this role, she leads three key initiatives, HopkinsLocal, BLocal and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program to build Baltimore’s economy. These projects work to create jobs, and focus investments in minority and women-owned businesses in Baltimore and the region. Before joining Hopkins, Patterson was the Senior Program Manager for the Racial Wealth Divide team at Prosperity Now where she worked to decrease economic and financial disparities in New Orleans, Miami, Chicago and Baltimore. Over the course of her career, 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. Kylie is also an accomplished writer. Her writings have been featured in the Baltimore Sun, CNN, The Huffington Post and Blavity.
Ms. Patterson holds a B.A. in African American Studies and Political Science from Temple University and M.P.P. from the University of Minnesota. She is also a Truman Scholar, Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow and New Leaders Council Fellow (2015) – New Jersey. She currently serves as a co-director for the New Leaders Council Women’s Caucus.