Patrick is Director, Sustainable Development Programs Management at Verra. He oversees operations for Verra’s programs focused on sustainable development, including the Sustainable Development Verified Impact Standard; the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards; and the Plastic Waste Reduction Standard. Patrick also continues his prior involvement in the LandScale program co-created and currently operated by Rainforest Alliance as a member of the secretariat and technical advisor.

Patrick began his career as a landscape architect. He studied ecologically based landscape planning at the University of Pennsylvania, increasing the scale and conservation focus of his work. He then served as New Mexico State Coordinator and later as National Coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Gap Analysis Program. Later, Patrick led the development of the Vista decision support system for conservation planning at NatureServe, where he worked primarily on coastal resilience planning, and advised on many frameworks and tools across multiple sectors.

Patrick has a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo, Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho. In his spare time, he takes advantage of his Colorado base to ski, hike, bike and camp while enjoying gardening and spending time with his family and two dogs.