Patrick Madden was named Executive Director of the United Nations Association of the United States of America in February 2011. Before assuming the UNA position, Madden served as President & CEO of Sister Cities International (SCI) for four years, building a network of U.S. cities partnered with more than 2,000 international communities that worked to implement economic development, humanitarian, cultural, and education programs and exchanges. During his time at SCI he was responsible for attracting the organization’s largest grant, a $7.5M donation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to work on urban poverty issues in Africa. He enhanced the profile of SCI and thousands of local elected official and community leaders by representing the organization at national and international events, traveling to more than a dozen countries on five continents.
Before SCI, he served in senior level external affairs positions at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery. In both positions he worked on a variety of international projects and exhibitions, as well as immigration matters urging U.S. Congress and federal agencies for visa policy reforms. Madden is an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University where he teaches graduate seminars in fundraising. He holds two degrees from Ohio University.