Meet Patrice

Patrice Marshall McKenzie is a skilled professional adept in the Legislative Process, public affairs and media relations. She is known by many in the government and public sector throughout California, and has access to many of the most powerful people within the public policy landscape.  Her professional experience is anchored by a well-rounded repertoire of experience and skills, including community relations, event management and design, public relations and communications, human resources and policy development to name a few. Patrice is also an adept facilitator, thought leader and visionary in the public affairs arena. 

Patrice has 15 years of experience working in state and local government leaders including members of the California State Legislature and the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. She currently serves at the Deputy Chief of Staff for Hon. George J. McKenna III. She is responsible for leading the policy portfolio, community engagement, communications, and inter-agency relationship management.  Her roles have centered around serving as a direct liaison and local spokesperson between key stakeholders and elected officials. She is astute in developing, growing and nurturing strategic partnerships and collaborations that advance issues and causes for all parties. Patrice is well-known for being resourceful and innovative in consensus building and convening groups with aligned interests.

Patrice is a product of Pasadena Public Schools, attending Burbank and Allendale Elementary, Elliot Middle, and John Muir High School. Patrice is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in African American Studies and a Minor in Critical Pedagogy. She also holds a Master in Public Administration degree from the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College of New York. Patrice and her husband live in Pasadena.

Community Involvement

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Eta Lambda Omega Chapter, Pasadena/Altadena, CA – Immediate Past President (2018-2019)
  • NAACP Pasadena Branch
  • Pasadena/Altadena Ivy Foundation – Board Vice President (2014-2017); Board Member
  • Junior League of Pasadena – Marketing Committee
  • Pasadena Democrats of the Foothills
  • Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health – Board Secretary
  • Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute (LAAAWPPI) – Alumnae and Board President

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