Patrick Harris is Vice President, External Relations for the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA). As a member of COTA’s leadership team, Patrick manages a team of policy influencers, communications professionals and relationship builders who tell the story of COTA’s transformational change from a public transit authority to a regional mobility services provider. Their role is to help media, policymakers and public influencers at the local, state and national levels better understand the value of a seamless mobility framework and its role in supporting the prosperity agenda for our growing region and COTA’s direct impact on socioeconomic outcomes for the region.
Patrick has more than 20 years of experience in public policy and corporate communications, most recently as vice president of government affairs for a trade association serving the financial services industry. Before that, he served in different capacities in the Ohio General Assembly, two state agencies, and the administration of former Ohio Governor Bob Taft.
Patrick attended University of Phoenix to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in business management. He earned a master’s degree in marketing and communications from Franklin University in 2007.