Mr. Patrick Realiza is a seasoned strategic communications and public relations professional based in Washington, DC. He is a passionate community-driven leader dedicated to serving various audiences. His recent portfolio of accomplishments includes work in the local government, the arts and humanities as well as the international diplomatic community.
He currently serves as the Head of Digital Communications for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH), an independent agency under the Government of the District of Columbia that evaluates and initiates action on matters relating to the arts and humanities. In this key role, Mr. Realiza actively manages and monitors the agency’s official digital presence as well as builds and executes multiple digital strategies and campaigns.
Outside of his work with the DC Government, Mr. Realiza is also the Executive Director of the Mid Atlantic Foundation for Asian Artists, Inc. (MAFFAA), a regional based arts foundation aimed at the presentation and preservation of Asian and Asian-American arts and culture in the United States. He leads in the production of several high-level programs and deliverables, including the foundation’s monthly newsletter concurrently serving as Editor-in-Chief.
Mr. Realiza is also the Program Director of the Peace and Security Committee of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA), a program of the United Nations Foundation, where he actively leads in the development of programs that assist and support strong US-UN partnership. Prior to this current post, he has also held the dual roles of Chairman of the UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee as well Co-Chair of the Communications Committee.
Major programs achieved throughout his tenure include a moderated televised conversation on the Paris Climate Agreement (COP21) with U.S. House Representative Don Beyer (VA-08) on Capitol Hill, a high-level forum featuring representatives from the diplomatic missions of Afghanistan, Barbados, Costa Rica, Finland and Sweden at Georgetown University on the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a co-joint dialogue with No Lost Generation, a student-led organization committed to the solidarity of refugees, featuring the 2017-2018 U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations, Munira Khalif and Ambassador-in-Residence, Professor Caroline Croft at American University.
Mr. Realiza is also extensively involved at his local Catholic parish in Arlington, Virginia, where he lectors at a number of masses and serves on the core team of multiple parish-wide activities. He formerly served as Vice President for the Haiti Ministry at St. Charles from 2015 to 2017. Significant contributions have included serving as the committee’s top public spokesperson at its annual appeal weekends in 2016 and 2018, where he helped to raise over $30,000 and $10,000 respectively.
Prior to these experiences, Mr. Realiza has also held posts at various federal government agencies including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the U.S. Department of Treasury in the areas of program coordination and human resources management.
Mr. Realiza holds a degree in political science from The George Washington University and is a former White House press intern who served within the Executive Office of the President (EOP). In this role, he worked closely with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to further promote and communicate policy initiatives on behalf of then-Ambassador Ron Kirk, a Cabinet-ranking member who served as President Obama’s principal trade advisor, negotiator and spokesperson from 2009 to 2013.
Mr. Realiza’s foreign language skills include Filipino, Spanish, Italian, French and Arabic. He hopes to pursue graduate school in the future with a concentration in international relations.