As a former journalist, Patrick started out covering city council and school board meetings in Lansing. Hours of often mundane (but occasionally explosive) meetings showed him the extensive impact that state and local governments have on citizens’ lives, and how infrequently community members engage with this process. His passion grew toward helping people better understand where they intersect with policy and government, and now he works to make that interaction a more positive one.

As a consultant for PSC’s talent and economics team, Patrick focuses on ways in which government and nonprofits can influence the economic outlook of all Michiganders, whether through improving education options or developing programs that create better jobs. He produces accessible and compelling work for both policy wonks and the broader public, and his willingness to jump feet first into new policy topics and discuss them endlessly make him a versatile team member and, in his opinion, fun at parties.

Prior to joining PSC, he served as a Governor’s Fellow under Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, working on issues related to prescription drug prices and workforce development. Patrick has also written for MLive on a variety of topics and worked as a reporter and producer for 1320 WILS radio in Lansing.

Email: plyons@publicsectorconsultants.com

A Little More…

Education: BA in Journalism from Michigan State University and an MPP from the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at University of Virginia

With PSC since: June 2017

PSC superpower: Fearless wielder of positive vibes

Favorite part of working at PSC: The opportunity to work on some of the most critical issues facing the state

Why Michigan? Beautiful seasons and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation