Director, Responsible Sourcing Network
Patricia is director of Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN), a project of As You Sow. RSN advances global value chains that are accountable to the people and natural habitats they touch, at the raw commodity level. Since 2006, Patricia has been managing the Human Rights department inside As You Sow‘s Corporate Social Responsibility Program. During her four years with As You Sow, she has led the Human Rights Program to tackle labor abuses at the factory level, she contributed to the report Best Current Practices in Purchasing: The Apparel Industry, and she began ground-breaking work addressing forced labor and extortion at the commodity level of supply chains. Preceding As You Sow, she was at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) directing the Global Cooperation Project. She co-authored the report, The Treaty Database: U.S. Compliance with Global Treaties. At Gap, Inc. she spearheaded a rewrite of the company’s Vendor Handbook, which was distributed to 3000 manufacturing facilities worldwide. She is fluent in Spanish, and has past work experience with natural dyes, Latino political outreach, and women’s craft cooperatives in Latin America. Patricia has an International MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University, and an Associate degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology.