Founder and Director
Patricia is the founder and Director of the Responsible Sourcing Network, which she started as a project of As You Sow in 2010. Currently she sits on governing or advisory committees for the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Mineral Trade, the Cotton Coalition, ICCR’s Human Trafficking Group, and the Conflict Free Smelter Program.
Patricia started managing the Human Rights department inside As You Sow’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program in 2006. In that role she led the Human Rights Program to tackle labor abuses at the factory level, she contributed to the report Best Current Practices in Purchasing: The Apparel Industry, and she began ground-breaking work addressing forced labor and extortion at the commodity level of supply chains.
Preceding As You Sow, Patricia was at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) directing the Global Cooperation Project. She co-authored a report entitled, The Treaty Database: U.S. Compliance with Global Treaties. At Gap, Inc. she spearheaded a rewrite of the company’s Vendor Handbook, which was distributed to 3000 manufacturing facilities worldwide.
She is fluent in Spanish, and has past work experience with natural dyes, Latino political outreach, and women’s craft cooperatives in Latin America. Patricia has an International MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and degrees from Cornell University and the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Minerals Program Manager
As RSN’s Minerals Program Manager, Andrew facilitates the Minerals Multi-Stakeholder Network and implements RSN’s groundbreaking conflict minerals performance indicators. Andrew received his MA in Global Affairs and Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in 2014 and continues to advise the school’s Honor Council as an emeritus chair. Andrew’s professional experience in low-income homeownership counseling, refugee resettlement, youth education, and human trafficking prevention reflects his passion for removing barriers to economic participation for people. In addition to his work for RSN, Andrew is a strategy and brand consultant for social startups. He is based in Mexico City, where he helps direct Todos Somos Mariposas, a new foundation working to empower communities to bring Monarch butterfly migrations back from the brink of extinction.
Senior Research Analyst
Kathleen is developing a career in resource extraction justice focused on promoting transparency and accountability in the global extractive industries. Kathleen is currently pursuing this work as the Extractive Industries Program Officer at Transparency International Uganda, where she is working on preventing corruption in the country’s developing oil and minerals sectors. She graduated from the MPS program at the Clinton School of Public Service. Kathleen holds a dual degree from Washington University in St. Louis in international studies and anthropology. At RSN, Kathleen is continuing prior work and research on the trade in conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and surrounding countries as the Senior Research Analyst.
Kristin Costa is the Communications Associate at As You Sow and RSN, where she provides support to the communications team and program staff. Prior to joining our team, Kristin assisted in teen mentorship, curriculum development, and music at The Foothills Church as well as served as the Communications and Operations Intern at California Consortium for Urban Indian Health. While receiving a B.A. in Global Studies at Azusa Pacific University, she interned with Musicians without Borders in Bethlehem, Palestinian West Bank and Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice in Los Angeles. She formerly dedicated time to volunteering in South Africa and South Korea.