Director, Strategic Initiatives
As director of strategic initiatives, Patrice Cromwell focuses on efforts to help youth and adults connect to the workforce through education, job-training and job-creation strategies. She also leads a cross-Foundation group on two-generation strategies.
Cromwell has worked with the state of Maryland to help agencies accelerate implementation and quality results in the areas of human services and workforce development. Before joining Casey, she was associate director of the Open Society Institute–Baltimore, a private foundation, where she was responsible for shaping and managing the foundation’s workforce and economic development program. In that role, she helped launch a $15 million investment from Baltimore institutions in a multistate community-development venture fund managed by The Reinvestment Fund.
Before her work in philanthropy, Cromwell spent 10 years creating and running three major economic development nonprofits in the Baltimore region: an employer-driven training agency; a mixed-use shopping and community service center; and a biotech manufacturing facility.
Cromwell co-chairs the workforce committee of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers and serves on the Baltimore City Workforce Investment Board. In addition, she is on the board of the Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare and member of the President’s Advisory Council of Stevenson University and the program committee of the national Living Cities partnership.
Before coming to Baltimore, Cromwell worked in the investment banking and consulting industries in New York City. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management.