Jacque Patterson

Guest Blogger

Regional Director, Rocketship Education

Washington, D.C.

Jacque Patterson is a public school parent and the regional director of Rocketship Education in DC. He moved to Washington in 1995 while serving his country in the United States Air Force. He immediately became involved in the communities of Ward 8 where he decided to reside. In 2000, he was elected as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) representing Single Member District 8B07, serving for 4 terms until 2008, and starting a fifth term in 2015. During this time he also was selected as a Capital City Fellow by former D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams, eventually becoming his Community Affairs Coordinator.

Before joining Rocketship, Jacque was a managing director at the Federal City Council and Director of Management & Administration at Martha’s Table. He has also been appointed to a number of District of Columbia boards and commissions, including the board of directors of the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency, advisory board for Veteran Affairs and the St. Elizabeth Redevelopment Initiative Advisory Board. He is a member of the 2006 Class of Leadership Greater Washington.

Jacque earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University.

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