Trained in urban planning and public policy, Patrick Duhon has extensive experience in education, transportation, youth development, employment, and faith-based community development. In Providence, R.I., he was a founding director of a citywide initiative for secondary students, called the Providence After School Alliance, that earned national recognition for its out-of-school learning program and significantly improved academic performance and graduation rates for its 10,000 student participants in its first ten years of operation.
Duhon launched the Seattle chapter of City Year AmeriCorps program, which has resulted in more than 900 diverse young adults providing over 1.5 million hours of community service in area schools. Also in Seattle, he managed public involvement in the planning of several politically charged regional transportation projects costing more than $100 million.
Prior to his work on the West Coast, Duhon founded a college service-learning program that connected hundreds of students from a suburban campus with inner-city residents in Cleveland through more than a dozen programs. The initiative became a model for other colleges. In New York City, he led more than 1,000 members in 18 local chapters of an international, faith-based organization focused on social-justice issues with global focus.
Early in his career, Duhon worked in campus ministries in Ohio, linking students to community projects and international social-justice issues. He began his career as an English teacher in his urban Catholic high school alma mater in Akron.