Patricia is responsible for strategic leadership and management of the regional portfolio and team, including leading NRGI’s efforts in research, advocacy, technical assistance and capacity building for the region.
Prior to joining NRGI, Patricia Karam was deputy director of the policymakers and civil society unit at The International Center for Transitional Justice, where she designed, implemented and managed capacity building initiatives, including ICTJ's flagship fellowship program. She also served as senior grants officer at the United States Institute of Peace, managing a portfolio of projects to promote conflict prevention and peace-building in Iraq and Colombia, and as programs and development officer at the Iraq Foundation in Washington, D.C. She worked as consultant on social justice activism for the Environmental Background Information Center in New York and coordinated trauma studies programs at New York University.
Patricia holds a dual bachelor’s degree in political science and religious studies from Brown University. She holds a master’s in foreign service degree with a certificate in Arab studies from Georgetown University. Her doctoral research in law and society at New York University has revolved around identity politics and the rights of indigenous peoples in the Western Sahara.