Excellence in Leadership Award
Patricia O’Brien joined The Stocker Foundation in 1998 as the organization’s first program officer. Beth K. Stocker appointed her Executive Director in March 2001 as a result of demonstrable abilities to move The Stocker Foundation’s mission forward and work in partnership with four generations of Stocker family members living across the United States. Patty continues to lead The Stocker Foundation through all facets of strategic decision-making related to competitive grantmaking and evaluation, local funding initiatives, and maintaining best-practice governance policies.
Before joining The Stocker Foundation, Patty honed her nonprofit management and fund development skills while employed at The City Club of Cleveland and Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (formerly Girl Scouts of Erie Shores). Patty is involved in Philanthropy Ohio, participating on the Education Advisory Committee, focused on critical areas to improve student achievement, early childhood learning, college and career-readiness, and college completion. For ten years (2005-2015), Patty served on the board of Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio. Holding leadership positions of increased responsibility, Patty was Board Chair (2014-2015) during a multi-million dollar capital campaign to construct a new 40,000 square foot distribution facility. Currently, she serves as a founding board member of Oberlin Center for the Arts.
Patty is a 1990 graduate of Ohio University and has completed course work towards a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University. Patty lives in Amherst, OH and is married to Kevin O’Brien. Together, they marvel at the creative abilities of their 16-year-old daughter, Katie.