This month, we feature Patricia Clark, Director of Foundations and Corporate Relations. Patricia oversees all our foundation fundraising efforts. She joined CEH because it parallels her passion for social justice, health, and equity. Oh and did we mention that she once professionally handled dogs?
Here’s our conversation with Patricia:
How would you describe your job to a 4 year old?
I raise money so that we can make sure your toys are safe.
What’s your guilty environmental pleasure?
Listening and watching the ocean. I was once told the ocean’s waves resemble earth’s breathing.
When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
I can see it, but I can’t remember for the life of me what it was about. Probably my very comedic brother telling a hysterical story.
Name two other organizations that you admire.
ACLU and Sustainable Conservation
Most people are familiar with the stellar and relevant-to-our-time work the ACLU delivers. I worked at Sustainable Conservation, believe in their work, and mostly value the learning environment they create for their employees
Besides Cheez Whiz, what is one thing you couldn’t
Whiz only on a true Philly cheesesteak. Wine and cheese (good cheese – we’re talking Mt. Tam cheese). I know that’s two, but they go together so beautifully.
What are your three most overused words/phrases?
I shouldn’t say here – but I’ll give you a clue: I’m from
Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I cooked a picnic lunch for 170 people! I love to cook and volunteered my services for an event that grew to a whopping 170 people.
Before working at CEH, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I was a professional dog handler. I started when I was 14 years old, by the time I was 16 I was being paid (a modest sum) to handle one of the top five Afghan hounds in the country. My career went on from there and I still get asked to handle dogs today.