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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.
RSN Program Consultant
Karen began working with Responsible Sourcing Network as an intern for the minerals program in August 2011. In January 2012, she was brought on as a consultant where she continued her work in promoting supply chain accountability and transparency in major industries. Before joining RSN, Karen lived in Copenhagen, Denmark where she attended Roskilde University and Lund University, earning two Master of Science Degrees in Technological & Socio-Economic Planning and Environmental Studies & Sustainability Science respectively. Before attending graduate school, Karen was a company member of the Peninsula Youth Ballet for 12 years and has a Bachelor of Arts in World Arts & Cultures with a concentration in dance from University of California, Los Angeles.