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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.
Karen has focused her career on promoting multi-stakeholder efforts to improve accountability and transparency in corporate supply chains. Her work includes policy analysis and company outreach of raw commodity sourcing, specifically Uzbek cotton and conflict minerals. She attended Roskilde University in Denmark and Lund University in Sweden, earning Masters degrees in Technological & Socio-Economic Planning and Environmental Studies & Sustainability Science. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA.