Deval Patrick

Former Governor of Massachusetts

Deval Patrick is a former governor of Massachusetts. In his two terms as Governor, Mr. Patrick oversaw the expansion of affordable health care to more than 98 percent of state residents, launched initiatives stimulating clean energy and biotechnology, won a national Race to the Top grant, and steered the state out of recession to a 25-year high in employment. Prior to his governorship, Mr. Patrick was an attorney and business executive, holding positions as a partner at two Boston law firms and a senior executive at Texaco and Coca-Cola. In 1994, President Clinton appointed him to the nation’s top civil rights post, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. Most recently, Mr. Patrick served as a managing director of Bain Capital LLC, where he focused on investments that deliver both a competitive financial return and significant positive social impact. Mr. Patrick is a Rockefeller Fellow, a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and the author of two books, A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life and Faith in the Dream: A Call to the Nation to Reclaim American Values. He received a bachelor’s degree in English and American literature from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.