A graduate of San Francisco State University’s Broadcast Communications program, Patty was born and raised in California’s Monterey Peninsula. After graduating from SFSU, she started her seven-year career at KGO Television as an assistant in the promotion department for two years, then as the Public Service Coordinator for the station’s public affairs department. She was responsible for producing the station’s public service announcements, co-producing editorials and producing segments for Sunday on Seven, a weekly public affairs show. For the next two years, she was the Promotion Director for KTSF 26, the leading television station for the Asian community in the Bay Area.
After leaving the television industry, Patty joined AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah’s Community Affairs Department as a Program Specialist. She was responsible for overseeing an Automotive Technician Scholarship Program, an Automobile Technical Internship Program, a Tow Truck Training Program and the company’s Corporate Giving Program. Currently, she is a Senior Diversity Consultant for AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah Insurance Exchange’s Diversity and Inclusion Office where she oversees six Regional Diversity Councils, Employee Resource Groups and diversity and inclusion internal trainings.
Personally, one of Patty’s many passions is to give back to the community. She has served on the board of directors for the Asian Women’s Shelter, Project Open Hand, Chinese Newcomer Service Center, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu, an organization that promotes Hawaiian culture through hula. She is also a graduate of Leadership San Francisco, a program with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce that educates and develops potential leaders to work together to solve professional and personal issues for those living and working in San Francisco.
Currently pursuing her MBA at Brandman University, she spends her leisure time in Monterey with her father and San Diego with her partner of many years, Robin.