The 1828 Project, sponsored by Citizens Energy Group, is a civic leadership tract for Indy’s young leaders with the goal of fostering intentional relationships with a cross sector of Indianapolis’ thought leaders and decision makers. Patrick is a part of 1828’s Class IX– learn more about him below!
How do you spend your days?
For my day job, I serve as a Development Officer for the Kiwanis Children’s Fund. I have the pleasure of working with Kiwanians in the Northeast and on the West Coast to help serve the children of the world. I split my time between managing things from afar here in Indy, and traveling to the areas I work with.
Where are you originally from?
I am originally from the Atlanta, Georgia metro area. I moved to Indianapolis after I graduated college.
If you aren’t from Indianapolis, what made you choose Indy?
I chose Indy because I had an opportunity to join a fraternity’s staff and travel the country. I had no idea how many nonprofits, and specifically fraternities and sororities were headquartered here.
You’re off the clock. What are your plans?
Well, if they’re at home, I’m at an Indy Eleven match. The boys in blue are awesome, and they’ve made Lucas Oil a fortress. Moving to Indy also helped me fall in love with biking, something I hadn’t really done since I was a kid before I moved here. This city is exceptional for biking, and it keeps getting better. I love hiking, canoeing, and spending as much time as I can outside. Oh, and the beer. LOVE the beer scene here.
When thinking about the future of Indianapolis, what are you looking forward to the most and why?
I think we’re in a unique position as a growing city. We have so many case studies of what works and what doesn’t work from our peer and aspirational cities across the country. If we go about it the right way, I think we can grow in a way that is equitable and inclusive for all of our citizens.
I’m also really looking forward to having the Purple and Blue Lines join the Red Line.
Are there any local causes that you support? What are they and how might others learn more or get involved?
I enjoy supporting Hashtag Lunchbag Indy. They provide meals and resources for the less fortunate around the city of Indianapolis. They host educational volunteer events throughout the city.
Do you have a favorite local spot that you love going to? Where and why?
We recently built a home on the West Side. I happened upon La Posada and love it. It’s a family run operation serving authentic Mexican food. Their food is fire. It’s at the corner of Washington and Belmont.
Which is your preferred way to get around our city?
I LOVE biking to get around Indy. IndyGo is also great, especially with the addition of the Red Line and more service to all the routes.
I’ve been known to scoot around in a pinch.
What’s something underrated about Indy that more people should know about?
I think the most underrated thing about Indy is our food. For a city our size, we have SO MUCH great food, and, it’s affordable.
What’s a tv show that has impacted your life most to date?
Scrubs is my all time favorite tv show. I don’t think it changed my life, but it sure has made me smile a lot.
If you had to remove all the apps from your phone except for 3, which would you keep?
If I could only keep three apps on my phone, it’d be: Instagram, NBC Sports (to watch soccer), and Google Podcasts.
If you had to listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
You’ll Never Walk Alone – Gerry and the Pacemakers
Pancakes or waffles?
Waffles (+ chicken)