Patricia was born and raised in Portland, Oregon to an immigrant family from the Philippines. She attended Oregon State University and focused on public health and equity work. She then went to Concordia University to become a teacher. Patricia appreciates how Friends of the Children—Portland puts youth first and serves the community while prioritizing equity. When she is not at FriendsPDX, Patricia enjoys cooking and eating, being with friends and family, as well as sports, travelling, and plants.