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 Social Media Manager for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH), an agency under the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED). In this key role, Mr. Realiza actively manages, updates and monitors the agency’s official digital presence as well as builds and executes social media strategies.
Outside of his work with the Government of the District of Columbia, Mr. Realiza is also the Co-Executive Director of the Mid Atlantic Foundation for Asian Artists, Inc. (MAFFAA), a regional based arts foundation aimed at the acquisition, presentation, and preservation of Asian and Asian-American arts and culture in the United States. He leads in the conceptualization and production of several high-level programs and deliverables, including the foundation’s monthly newsletter concurrently serving as Editor-in-Chief.
In June 2018, Mr. Realiza concluded his term as the program chair of the Sustainable Development Committee for the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA), a program of the United Nations Foundation, where he actively led in the development of programs that assisted and supported strong US-UN partnership. He also co-chaired the UNA-NCA Communications Committee from 2015 to 2018, providing sound advice on overall best practices for all internal and external communications rendered.
Major programs achieved throughout his tenure included 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.
Mr. Realiza is also extensively involved at his local Catholic parish in Arlington, Virginia, where he formerly served as vice president for the Haiti Committee at St. Charles Borromeo from 2015 to 2017. Significant recent 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.
From 2013 to 2015, Mr. Realiza served as internal affairs secretary and communications chair for the Bohol Restoration Group, Inc. (BRG), a 501(c)(3) non-profit established through a joint initiative of the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines and local Filipino-American community in Washington, DC. As a founding member, he worked alongside with then-Philippine Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Ambassador José L. Cuisia, Jr. and wife Madame Victoria in 2013 to launch a long-term revival project for the affected communities on the island-province of Bohol in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan.
Prior to these experiences, Mr. Realiza 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.
As integral member of the FDIC’s Division of Information Technology (DIT), he conducted in-depth analysis of the maintenance costs, schedules and deliverables produced. Furthermore, while working within the Office of Domestic Finance at the U.S. Treasury, he helped to draft and present several internal reports for senior leadership in identifying specific barriers and recommendations regarding internal workplace organizational issues.
In this role, he worked closely with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to further promote, develop 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 Tagalog, Cebuano, Spanish, Italian, French and Arabic. He hopes to pursue graduate school in the future with a concentration in international relations.