An avid fan of organizing, brand management and to-do lists, Patricia Repolda enjoys her new role at Flame Tree Initiative (FTI) as the Lead Development and Administrative Strategist. Her responsibilities include promoting local support for FTI's work, building up its internal organizational processes and overseeing the development and implementation of FTI's communication plan. Additionally, she will help lead and instruct DELabs - FTI's six-day intensive program that provides the basics of customized, development-focused innovation to aspiring social entrepreneurs.
Patricia is an experienced grant writer, resource developer and content creator for non-profits. She looks forward utilizing these skills to help FTI increase its capacity to launch innovative development enterprises in Eastern Africa and introduce the work of social entrepreneurs to the rest of the world.
At her most recent role as Development Manager at the International Rescue Committee, Patricia raised over $1 million in private and federal grant contracts and managed volunteer projects that rendered over 41,000 hours of in-kind support. She led public relations and advocacy campaigns to raise awareness of the refugee crisis and the support needed for the resettlement of African and Middle-Eastern refugees in Arizona.
Prior to her non-profit work, Patricia was a Loss Mitigation Specialist at Citi bank - developing CRM practices to best assist clients seeking mortgage default programs and financial services, and ensuring service compliance with Citi's investors and regulatory guidelines.
Patricia was born and raised in Makati City, Philippines. She spent four formative years in England before moving to the United States with her family where she finished high school. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, with a focus on cross-cultural communications. She currently splits her time between Tucson and Makati.