Chairman Patrick Mara

First elected as Chairman of the District of Columbia Republican Committee (DCRC) in January 2021, Patrick is a consultant specializing in advocacy, small business development, and political campaigns. One of the District of Columbia’s three voting representatives at the Republican National Committee, he previously served as the Executive Director of the DCRC, America’s only entirely urban state GOP organization. The first Republican ever elected to the D.C. State Board of Education, Patrick represented Washington, DC’s most racially diverse ward for a full four-year term.

A staunch advocate for parental choice in education, he was the Board’s sole representative to the National Association of State Boards of Education’s Government Affairs Committee, where he helped shape national education policy. Long active in politics, Patrick ran for D.C. Council and served as an Alternate Delegate (2008) and Delegate (2012) at two Republican National Conventions. With three decades of campaign experience, Patrick has worked and volunteered on dozens of local, state, Congressional, and Presidential campaigns. Earlier in his career, Patrick worked on Capitol Hill for a U.S. Senator, at the U.S. Department of Energy, and at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as a contractor. He later lobbied the Federal government’s Legislative and Executive branches on behalf of technology, education, and energy clients.

Before earning an entrepreneurship-focused MBA from Babson College, Patrick graduated from Marist College with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Political Science. He is past President of the Marist College Alumni Executive Board and past Board of Trustees alumni representative. Patrick and his wife live with their two young sons in the Randle Highlands neighborhood of Washington, DC. He is a Den Leader in his kid’s Cub Scout pack. 

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