Dr. Patrina M. Clark has more than five years of teaching experience at various academic institutions, including the University of Maryland, George Mason University, and Georgetown University. She is especially passionate about the SPP program.
Patrina is founder and president of Pivotal Practices Consulting (Pivotal), a talent leadership consulting firm that specializes in maximizing individual, team, and organizational performance. She is a trusted advisor on a broad range of human and organizational performance issues and has broad and deep expertise in human resource development and talent leadership strategies.
Before launching Pivotal, Patrina performed with distinction for 25 years in five federal agencies: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Federal Election Commission (FEC), Department of Navy, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Patrina recently returned to federal service at the Farm Credit Administration. Previous federal positions include Chief Human Capital Officer for GAO, Staff Director for the FEC, and Regional Executive Director and senior civilian for Naval District Washington. A career member of the Senior Executive Service, Patrina received numerous awards and commendations during her government career, including the Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Medal and a Hammer Award from the Partnership for Reinventing Government.
While serving in the private sector, Patrina received the SmartCEO Brava Award, Enterprising Women of the Year Award, and Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Active in public sector thought leadership, Patrina is a contributing author to the ATD Public Manager Journal. Patrina also served as a Presidential Rank Award Board Member in 2014 and 2016. She is a past president of Executive Women in Government and AAFEA Chancellor.
Patrina is an alumnus of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB) and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Emerging Leaders programs. Other professional affiliations and certifications include Human Capital Institute Human Capital Strategist; HR Certification Institute Senior Professional in Human Resources; SHRM Senior Certified Professional; and NeuroLeadership Group Results Associate Certified Coach.
Patrina serves on the Board of Directors for Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School in Washington D.C. She previously served for two terms from 2011 to 2018 and held the position
of board chair from 2015 to 2018. Patrina also serves on the Advisory Board for In a Perfect World
Patrina received her doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning from The George Washington University and completed graduate studies and programs at Harvard, Cornell, Georgetown, and the University of Maryland.