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What Is My Community Saying?
Clarke Anderson, President, Smartcare Alliance
Patricia led an effective planning program with our team at Smartcare Alliance as we began our work to “Fix the U.S. Health Care System”. Her insight, leadership, and relationship-driven approach have significantly shaped our strategy. As we continue to work together, I know that Patricia’s powerful advice will be an important part of our success. See more.
Yen Azzaro, Co-Founder, Y-Fi, Ypsilanti Community
Patricia guides with warmth and understanding, and always works to ensure she sees the full picture while consulting. She taught me how to formalize systems in networking, valuing all kinds of relationships whether personal or professional. Through our work, I’ve started to recognize resources and experiences and the people that help me to shape those moments of learning and turn them into opportunities.
Hamsa Daher, Executive Director, Small Giants Community
Fundraising is difficult and can be uncomfortable, but Patricia’s kind, flexible, and easy-going approach helped me learn to do it more effectively. In my experience, consultants stand behind their process because it’s worked for them time and again; Patricia stood out because she took the time to learn, ask questions, and adapt her process to fit what we want to accomplish and our style of asking for support.
Jessica A.S. Letaw, Executive Director, Building Matters Ann Arbor
The culture of Building Matters Ann Arbor centers around joy and abundance – two feelings exactly opposed to how people typically feel about fundraising. My goal in working with Patricia was to help my board and I change our thinking around philanthropy, moving beyond traditional transactional approaches to getting gifts towards thinking about every relationship as part of a thriving, mutually beneficial ecosystem.
Melvin Parson, Founder/Executive Director, We the People Opportunity Farm
Patricia brings good energy around fundraising that made me feel confident in the ability to ask for money to support the organization’s mission. One of the most impactful things I’ve learned in working with her is good stewardship; she helped me understand the principles and dynamics of donor relationships. She’s been a mentor around resiliency and sustainability, especially in this climate when things are so uncertain. Working with Patricia has laid the foundation for us to pursue some of our key goals, to increase our access to land and the ability to grow more food, and to double the number of interns in our program next year.
Caroline Sanders, Candidate, Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
Patrica Barry was an unexpected but right on time blessing for me as a new political candidate. I had basically no fundraising experience and essentially no idea how to raise funds for a candidacy. Patricia agreed to meet with me bi-weekly to share her decades of high profile fundraising experience. She is honest and no-nonsense in her approach and requires that you uphold your responsibility as a “client-learner”, but her methods worked and garnered tangible results for me and my campaign. She is a gem and I have proudly added her to my circle of advisers.
Bruno Santonocito, Vice President for Development and University Relations, Fordham University Associate Dean and Dean for Development, Communications and Alumni Relations, Columbia University Law School
I had the good fortune of having Patricia as an integral part of my campaign team at Fordham and at Columbia Law School. When I returned to Columbia, the Law School was embarking on a $300M campaign. Patricia understood the campaign’s need for an exceptional donor relations program. She built our program from scratch. She understands the importance of relationships in fundraising and thus was able to put together a program that would effectively cultivate, steward and retain donors to the campaign. Patricia is an exceptional colleague; easy to work with, creative, confident, a talented writer, energetic, an original thinker and problem solver. Her knowledge of advancement gives her insight into and a keen understanding of people’s motivation to be philanthropic. She promotes and fosters collaboration with colleagues, other staff and governing boards. It was clear when I first met and worked with Patricia that she would become an outstanding professional within the field. Anyone who has the opportunity to work with Patricia will benefit immeasurably from that relationship.
Ber-Henda N. Williams Founder of The Power of Girlhood
Patricia’s expertise led me to trust my voice as a leader and what’s best for my organization. Her mentoring always centered around the value of donors: Who it is, not the dollar. Through Patricia, I’ve learned how to more deeply and intrinsically engage donors, and to be clear about what we’re fundraising for and the lives we’re impacting and to show them how their support is a positive force in the lives of the girls and families we serve.
Diana J. Wong, Futrell Faculty Fellow, Center for Professional Development Associate Professor, Strategy, Entrepreneurship, & Organization Development Eastern Michigan University CEO & President, Sensei Change Associates, LLC Partner, Firerooks LLC
Patricia is smart and insightful, but also very practical and caring. She takes a holistic approach to her work, combining left-brain logical thinking with right-brain creativity. I appreciate that she can engage reflective, empathetic listening that extracts knowledge from others to move forward and make sense of the chaos around them. Patricia enables people in developing clarity in their direction that can be leveraged for innovative, realistic, and pragmatic action plans. Her approach allows people to engage in high-level visioning that frames strategic and tactical steps to make it happen. It’s an approach that develops and nurtures service-oriented relationships, always in the highest order of the greater good.