• BIOGRAPHY

    Mr. Patrick Realiza is a seasoned strategic communications and public relations professional based in Washington, DC. He is a passionate community-driven leader dedicated to serving various audiences. His recent portfolio of accomplishments includes work in the local government, the arts and humanities as well as the international diplomatic community.

     

    He currently serves as the Head of Digital Communications for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH), an independent agency under the Government of the District of Columbia that evaluates and initiates action on matters relating to the arts and humanities. In this key role, Mr. Realiza actively manages and monitors the agency’s official digital presence as well as builds and executes multiple digital strategies and campaigns.

     

    Outside of his work with the DC Government, Mr. Realiza is also the Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Mid Atlantic Foundation for Asian Artists, Inc. (MAFFAA), a regional based arts foundation aimed at the presentation and preservation of Asian and Asian-American arts and culture in the United States.

     

    Mr. Realiza is also the Program Director of the Peace and Security Committee of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA), a program of the United Nations Foundation, where he actively leads in the development of programs that are dedicated to promoting the core principles of the United Nations (conflict prevention, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding efforts).

     

    Mr. Realiza is also extensively involved in the Catholic community, most notably at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC where he routinely serves as a lector at select masses. In addition, he formerly served as Vice President of the Haiti Ministry at St. Charles in Arlington, Virginia from 2015 to 2017 and previously served on the core team of multiple parish-wide activities.

     

    Mr. Realiza holds a degree in political science from The George Washington University, where he also currently serves as the Chair of the Asian and Pacific Islander Alumni Network, continually engaging alumni through a series of year-round programming, events, and initiatives to further strengthen their post-graduate connection with the university.

     

    Mr. Realiza has also held posts at various federal government agencies, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury in the areas of program coordination and human resources management.

  • EMPLOYMENT

    The George Washington University Alumni Association

    July 2021 - Present

    Chairman, Asian and Pacific Islander Alumni Network

    • Continually engages alumni of Asian and Pacific Islander origin through a series of year-round programming, events, and initiatives to further strengthen their post-graduate connection with the university.
    • Leads and facilitates in the development and creation of programs and initiatives, overall administration, fundraising efforts, and communications strategies on behalf of the alumni network.
    • Actively fosters and maintains key working relationships with other multicultural and affinity networks and various other entities of the association along with key staff members of the Office of Alumni Relations (OAR).

    United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA)

    January 2020 - Present

    Program Director; Peace and Security Committee (P&S)

    • Leads and facilitates in the development and creation of programs and initiatives, overall administration, fundraising efforts and communications strategies on behalf of committee.
    • Actively fosters and maintains key internal and external relationships within the various working and standing committees of the organization at the local and national chapter levels.

    United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA)

    July 2018 - December 2019

    Deputy Program Director; Peace and Security Committee (P&S)

    • Assisted program co-chairs in the development and creation of programs and initiatives, overall administration, fundraising efforts and communications strategies.
    • Actively fostered and maintained key internal and external relationships within the various working and standing committees of the organization at the local and national chapter levels.

    Mid Atlantic Foundation for Asian Artists

    December 2015 – Present

    Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief

    • Actively led in the planning, production and presentation of the first Filipino opera, Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) successfully launched in several U.S. cities – Washington, DC (August 2014), Richmond, VA (October 2016), Boston, MA (June 2017) and Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (October 2017).
    • Serves as the organization’s Editor-in-Chief for monthly electronic newsletter, The MAFFAA Journal with an aggregate readership of over 350+ Filipino and Asian-American arts and humanities groups, organizations and individuals across the United States and abroad.
    • Successfully co-launched first annual Asian Heritage Day in Oxon Hill, MD with the Doer and Naturally Caring Foundation (DNCF), elevating the profile of local Filipino-American artists and fostered key new working relationships with local entities including the Maryland Governor Hogan’s Commission on South Asian American Affairs and the American Diversity Group (ADG).

    Government of the District of Columbia

    September 2015 – Present

    Head of Digital Communications

    • Actively supports current Chief of External Affairs in the successful dissemination of agency-related programs and communications, most notably those concerning digital communications platforms including the agency’s official website, social media accounts, and other forms of electronic communications.
    • Continually maintains key working relationships with internal staff members, commissioners as well as relevant external audiences such as past and present grantees, public information officers of various DC government agencies, and other key and pertinent entities in the local community.
    • Monitors and efficiently responds to all general inquiries received through the agency’s primary mailbox and digital accounts which includes potential news and media inquiries, specific interest groups and businesses, diplomatic and special requests and routes them accordingly to appropriate department heads for further assistance when applicable.
    • Maintains continuous awareness and engagement across other District agencies via the agency’s digital platforms to ensure relevancy and proper dissemination of information of the agency’s activities as well as cross-promotion efforts.
    • Aids internal departments such as grants and public art teams in conjunction with internal communications and marketing team to plan and execute special events and projects when feasible, previously working alongside relevant other agencies such as the DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME) and the Executive Office of the Mayor (EOM).
    • Assists internal communications team in the creation and distribution of public information materials and other important deliverables pertaining to the agency’s activities, providing specific advice on digital-related content and presentation.

    United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA)

    October 2015 – June 2018

    Program Director; Communications Committee

    • Led and facilitated in the active development and creation of relevant content and subject matter expertise as pertaining to the UNA-NCA’s ongoing initiatives and projects, including the creation and execution of a three-year digital communications strategy from 2015 – 2017.
    • Advised overall best practices for all print and electronic media platforms for continued promotion of the UNA-NCA’s organizational-wide communications, most notably those pertaining to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
    • Devised and implemented a model social media campaign strategy to effectively market and promote events through print and digital means, and ultimately tasked by the UNA-NCA Executive Board to train and incorporate across 13 programmatic and standing committees.

    St. Charles Catholic Church

    November 2015 – June 2017

    Vice President; Haiti Ministry

    • Assisted and supported with the full implementation and execution of the committee’s plans, actions and initiatives, acting as President and Secretary as deemed necessary making executive decisions pertaining to the allocation of funds for the tuition and nutrition programs of school children.
    • Created and implemented first Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) handbook detailing pertinent roles and responsibilities of key leadership posts and internal and external working relationships for the incoming set of leadership board members (2017 – 2018).
    • Organized first committee-wide weekend retreat to build and further amplify internal comradery as well as assess and re-evaluate existing policies and procedures including essential operating processes and fundraising functions.

    United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA)

    October 2014 – March 2016

    Communications Director; Sustainable Development Committee (SDC)

    • Produced and supported communications materials and relevant deliverables on behalf of committee’s membership.
    • Developed and collaborated with communications representatives from various internal committees to assist in the generation and dissemination of organization’s programs, events and other relevant projects.

    St. Charles Catholic Church

    October 2014 – October 2015

    Communications Director; Haiti Ministry

    • Coordinated and managed committee’s existing aggregate contact directory of sponsors and children to assist in the accurate distribution of all print and electronic correspondences, significantly improving the ability to effectively understand key demographics of sponsors.
    • Assisted and supported sponsorship chair and participating committee members in the creation and dissemination of targeted messaging of new and existing sponsors working in conjunction with pertinent church staff members and other community leaders in Arlington County.
    • Developed and streamlined internal and external committee communications through the creation of a mass electronic mailing list via Google Groups and online website to better engage parishioners, resulting in a more cohesive and efficient internal leadership board.
    • Devised year-long work plan and calendar of events timeline to accurately forecast and engage new and existing sponsors on relevant events including annual appeal weekend and mission trips.

    Mid Atlantic Foundation for Asian Artists

    May 2014 – November 2015

    Public Relations Director

    • Actively served as primary spokesman on behalf of organization during the pre-production of Noli Me Tangere opera in Washington, DC in 2014, conducting various visits to the diplomatic missions of the Republic of the Philippines, the Kingdom of Spain and the Federal Republic of Germany.
    • Managed and led the organization’s social media and youth affairs committee, working with local student volunteers in the Filipino-American community to capitalize on multiple online engagement tools (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) to actively garner support among mainstream audiences.
    • Successfully hosted press conferences for the launch of Noli Me Tangere at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC (2014) and Philippine Consulate in New York, NY (2015), generating significant interest with local Filipino and Asian-American media outlets on the historical salience of the opera.

    Bohol Restoration Group, Inc. (BRG)

    March 2014 - October 2015

    Internal Affairs Secretary

    • Produced and disseminated essential internal and external information on behalf of Executive Board, ensuring continuity of relevant updates to target audiences in local, national and international preservation and restoration communities.
    • Maintained and consistently updated appropriate technical and historical data pertaining to organization’s restoration efforts and progress for present and future record keeping purposes, aiding designated historian in successfully documenting key events and milestones.
    • Arranged and completed necessary pertinent logistical details for internal and external working stakeholders, significantly improving overall outreach and impact of organization across the District of Columbia and local reciprocities of Maryland and Virginia.

    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

    February 2014 - March 2015

    Program Coordinator

    • Conducted in-depth analysis of maintenance costs, schedules and quality of delivered products and services assisting various programmatic and departmental leads within the Division of Information Technology (DIT) to effectively meet and/or exceed designated project benchmarks.
    • Developed and maintained spreadsheets, projects and related diagrams to assist in project control activities, significantly improving critical analysis and support functions across the agency’s fundamental project, program and software leads.
    • Designed and configured complex calculations and macros associated with the information gathering process, aiding direct supervisors in attaining and/or exceeding projected timetables much earlier than originally anticipated.

    The George Washington University Alumni Association

    January 2014 - March 2015

    Marketing Director

    • Actively fostered key relationships with press and media outlets for communications and marketing related services on behalf of the GW Asian Alumni Association (GWAAA), working with various affinities groups to expand outreach connections in the Asian and Asian-American communities.
    • Maintained all marketing materials and facilitated in the creation of relevant, and consistent design, messaging and branding efforts via Eventbrite, Facebook, Twitter and WordPress, significantly elevating the profile of leadership board members collectively both on and off-campus.
    • Developed and promoted strategic communications and public relations goals and objectives on behalf of the Executive Board capitalizing on existing framework and relationships with student organizations and various staff members within the Office of Alumni Relations (OAR).

    Bohol Restoration Group, Inc. (BRG)

    November 2013 - October 2015

    Communications Director

    • Developed and led in the implementation of all communications strategies to broaden impact and reach of the organization’s programs and messaging via Eventbrite, Facebook, Twitter and WordPress, further elevating profile of the organization at the local, national and international level.
    • Actively engaged, cultivated and managed press relationships to ensure maximum coverage of the organization’s programs, special events, public announcements and other relevant projects, working in conjunction of the Philippine Embassy’s public diplomacy team.
    • Created and launched the organization’s first online website listing essential details including volunteer biographies, leadership board names, partners, events and resources, aiding in the significant elevation of public relations efforts of the communications team.

    Various Non-Profit Organizations

    February 2013 - January 2014

    Strategic Communications Consultant

    • Collaborated with clientele and served as an ongoing resource for communications and strategies to inform and inspire targeted audiences.
    • Recommended, developed and executed targeted multi-channel communication campaigns in accordance with clientele objectives.
    • Maintained clientele project plans, setting scope and budgets, creating timetables, monitoring progress and ensuring the implementation of best practices.

    U.S. Department of Treasury

    October 2012 - January 2013

    Organizational Assessment Consultant

    • Assisted moderator in leading and supporting with employee focus group sessions for the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI), taking note of relevant participant comments, concerns and inquiries to assist in assessment and analysis reporting presented to senior management.
    • Documented enterprise-wide organizational assessment sessions with all levels of employees and prepared reports for senior management, analyzing and identifying key themes, barriers and recommendations outlining workplace organizational issues.

    CQ Roll Call Group

    July 2011 - July 2012

    Account Associate

    • Assisted advocacy clientele with research, strategy and problem resolution, facilitating in the significant improvement of grassroots campaigns and the maximization of total potential outreach with key influential local, state and federal level targets.
    • Managed and supported multiple advocacy product hotlines via telephone and live online dialogue, providing immediate assistance and consultation on advocacy-related issues, ultimately significantly improving overall clientele satisfaction and sales and marketing renewal rates.
    • Compiled and distributed daily report of potential leads to sales and advertising staff, aiding and honing in on the key development of new business opportunities via Salesforce, providing department team leads a greater understanding of important trends and activities.

    U.S. Global Change Research Program

    October 2010 - December 2010

    Communications Intern

    • Gathered data on nation-wide climate change issues and compiled comprehensive climate adaptations report of U.S. cities and states, detailing significant forecasts of anticipated geographic regions affected by climatic changes in the twenty-first century.
    • Assisted communications staff in the daily maintenance and creation of web pages, creating and implementing basic HTML coding to amplify file and document transfer process from existing to newly developed website via WordPress.

    FieldWorks LLC

    July 2010 - August 2010

    Campaign Canvasser
    • Targeted, approached, and engaged specific voters in local Maryland campaigns on relevant issues, improving candidate familiarity, campaign support and exit polling numbers.
    • Utilized and maintained voter file management tools in local state elections in Maryland, facilitating in the achievement of campaign benchmarks and securing key constituent voters.

    Brightline Strategies, Inc.

    June 2010 - August 2010

    Marketing and Communications Intern
    • Wrote and edited press releases and media advisories, providing relevant organizations and associations with notable awareness of firm’s upcoming events and activities via Facebook, Twitter and WordPress.
    • Organized and compiled media contact lists of major news outlets, assisting and systematizing firm’s potential media outreach within the Washington Metropolitan area.

    The White House

    October 2009 - April 2010

    Public and Media Affairs Intern

    • Gathered and distributed relevant daily trade and finance press clips electronically to Washington and Geneva offices, facilitating in greater familiarity among multiple senior-level staff members of significant news and media activities within the United States and abroad via LexisNexis.
    • Transcribed speeches and interviews for various trade officials, creating more accurate and insightful accounts of pertinent dialogue exchanges, utilized for the external dissemination of relevant reports and presentations on behalf of the press and media team.
    • Created and maintained an extensive state-by-state press and media contact directory, improving the staff’s ability to effectively coordinate and schedule the timely business travels and work of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

    The White House

    August 2009 - October 2009

    Program and Correspondence Intern

    • Composed and exchanged daily correspondence with Veterans Affairs and Pentagon officials, constructing various business letters, memorandums in written and electronic format on behalf of the Commission on Remembrance.
    • Supported executive director in logistical planning of fourth annual Time of Remembrance honoring nation’s fallen and respective family members on West Lawn of U.S. Capitol, organizing and coordinating key program details such as speaker arrangements, program scripting, and news and media attendees.

  • EDUCATION

    The George Washington University

    2011

    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
    • Scholarships: Board of Trustees, University and Alumni Award, One Year Award

  • LANGUAGES

    English

    Native/Bilingual Proficiency

    Filipino

    Native/Bilingual Proficiency

    Spanish

    Intermediate Proficiency

    Italian

    Intermediate Proficiency

    French

    Basic Proficiency

    Arabic

    Basic Proficiency

  • SOFTWARE

    Microsoft Office Suite

    Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, SharePoint, Word

    Social Media Platforms

    Facebook, Google+, HootSuite, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube

    Other

    Blogspot, Constant Contact, Eventbrite, HyperText Markup Language (HTML), LexisNexis, Salesforce, WordPress