Patrick Realiza is currently the social media specialist 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) within the Government of the District of Columbia. In this role, he actively manages, updates and monitors the DCCAH’s official website and social media platforms. Furthermore, he develops, implements and supports internal and external communications strategies on behalf of the agency.
Patrick also concurrently holds a number of leadership positions with the Mid Atlantic Foundation for Asian Artists, Inc. (MAFFAA), the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Arlington, Virginia. Within these organizations and groups, he produces and manages high-level deliverables, and leads in the implementation and execution of multiple communications and operations strategies.
In October 2015, Patrick concluded his terms as internal affairs secretary and communications chair for the Bohol Restoration Group, Inc. (BRG), a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Sterling, Virginia, dedicated to the restoration of Philippine heritage sites and communities on the island province of Bohol in the Central Visayas region. As a member of BRG’s inaugural leadership board, Patrick led the creation and implementation of the organization’s communications strategies and assisted in broadening overall impact and outreach efforts.
Prior to these posts, Patrick most recently served as a program coordinator for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), where he conducted in-depth analysis of maintenance costs, schedules and quality of delivered products and services. He also developed and maintained spreadsheets, projects and related diagrams to assist in project control activities.
Patrick also formerly served as an organizational assessment consultant for the U.S. Department of Treasury, working within the Office of Domestic Finance. As a member of the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund), he assisted the designated moderator in leading and supporting employee focus group sessions, taking note of relevant participant comments, concerns and inquiries to assist in assessment and analysis reporting.
From 2011 to 2012, Patrick served as an account associate for CQ Roll Call (an Economist Group business), the premier service of timely news, objective facts and analysis, and coverage of elections and politics on Capitol Hill. He assisted advocacy clientele with research, strategy and problem resolution, facilitating the improvement of grassroots campaigns and the maximization of total potential outreach with key influential local, state, and federal targets.
Patrick’s past employment history has primarily consisted of work in the fields of communications, public relations and media affairs.
Patrick graduated from The George Washington University in 2011 with a B.A. in political science, where he recently served as marketing chair for the university’s Asian Alumni Association (GWAAA) from 2014 to 2015. Throughout his tenure, Patrick developed and promoted all strategic communications and public relations goals and objectives on behalf of the organization.
In the fall of 2010, Patrick served as a communications intern for the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) in Washington, D.C., and gathered data on nation-wide climate change issues and compiled a comprehensive climate adaptations report of U.S. cities and states, detailing significant forecasts of anticipated geographic regions affected by climatic changes in the twenty-first century.
Prior to working at USGCRP, Patrick worked for two local campaigns in Maryland in the summer of 2010 – Dana Beyer for State Delegate, and Michael Griffiths for State Senate through FieldWorks, LLC, a political consulting firm specializing in grassroots organizing and field strategies. Patrick targeted, approached, and engaged specific voters in Maryland, improving candidate familiarity, campaign support and exit polling numbers.
Simultaneously, he also served as a marketing and communications intern for Brightline Strategies, Inc., a local strategic communications firm in Alexandria, Virginia. Patrick organized and compiled media contact lists of major news outlets, assisting and systematizing the firm’s potential media outreach within the Washington Metropolitan area. He also wrote and edited press releases and media advisories, providing relevant organizations and associations with notable awareness of the firm’s upcoming events and activities.
Other internships include the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the Commission on Remembrance at the White House. As a member of the Executive Office of the President (EOP), Patrick served as a public and media affairs intern at USTR. He gathered and distributed relevant daily trade and finance press clips electronically to Washington and Geneva offices, facilitating in greater familiarity among agency-wide staff members of significant news and media activities within the United States and abroad. He also transcribed speeches and interviews for various trade officials, creating more accurate and insightful accounts of pertinent trade dialogue exchanges.
As a program and correspondence intern for the Commission, Patrick supported the executive director in the logistical planning of the fourth annual Time of Remembrance event in September 2009, honoring our nation’s fallen and respective families on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, organizing and coordinating key program details such as speaker arrangements, program scripting, and news and media attendees. In addition, he composed and exchanged daily correspondence with Veterans Affairs and Pentagon officials, constructing various business letters, memorandums in written and electronic format.
His foreign language skills include Tagalog, Cebuano, Spanish, Italian and French. He enjoys traveling, cooking and running in his spare time. In addition, Patrick takes pleasure in keeping up with politics and current events, international affairs and studying new languages.
Born in the Philippines and raised in California, Patrick has traveled throughout the United States and abroad. His latest global travels have taken him to the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City, Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. He hopes to pursue law school in the future with a concentration in international law.