Informed. Passionate. Committed. These words describe the style of each member of the Patino Associates team towards our client work, towards our relationships with communications leaders, and towards our respective football teams.
Michael started Patino Associates in 2008, practically on a dare. Armed with a decades worth of experience from building the Corporate Communications practice at Russell Reynolds and then Spencer Stuart, Michael set out to create a firm that would set the standard for recruiting leadership talent across any and all communications disciplines.
“Search was for me because I get great satisfaction out of finishing things – puzzles, to-do lists and, of course, searches. Our approach is to take our business personally. Even after we finish the search, we celebrate the media victories of our clients and candidates and share their pain when the press is merciless.“
Before launching Patino Associates, Michael was a consultant in the Corporate Communications Practice of Spencer Stuart, and before that developed the Corporate Communications Practice at Russell Reynolds Associates. Previously, Michael was an Account Manager with the Corporate Executive Board, a "best practices" consulting firm where he was responsible for over sixty relationships with Fortune 1000 firms. Before that, Michael worked as the Director of Special Projects in the Sports Division of E.J. Krause & Associates. Michael began his career in public relations at Entertainment Weekly, a Time Inc. publication.
Michael received his B.A. degree from Princeton University. Michael and his wife, Karyn, live in Vienna, VA with their three children, Eli, Lee, and Thomas.
Amanda is the Executive Director of Operations & Finance for Patino Associates and for its’ sister company, Chaloner Associates. She manages all business and financial operations for the companies and serves as a key liaison for both candidates and clients. Prior to joining Patino Associates in 2013, Amanda served as the Director of Ticket Office Business Operations, at the now Washington Football Team. In this capacity, Amanda managed both the inside sales team and the ticket office operations and developed a strong passion for client services.
Prior to joining the Washington Football Team, she worked in Sales for the Philadelphia 76ers. Amanda started her career in client services as an intern in the ticketing office of the Philadelphia Eagles and the marketing departments of several minor league teams.
She graduated from Alvernia University with a dual degree in Marketing and Sports Management.
Much to Mike’s chagrin, Amanda remains an avid Philadelphia sports fan and she resides in Virginia with her husband, Matt and their son, Bennett.
Jaimie Cohen is a marketing and communications expert that has spent the last 15 years building movements for B2B and B2C brands through digital innovation. She believes that complex business solutions are best built through smart, creative, and collaborative client partnership. With marketing and communications experience both in house and in the agency world, Jaimie has worked across a number of industries, including healthcare, technology, finance, education, nonprofit, retail, and consumer goods.
Before joining Patino Associates, Jaimie worked in social impact in the tech space, connecting her clients’ organizational mission to their external brand. Additionally, she worked at Finn Partners and Blue State, where she was a leader for the integrated communications and marketing teams. Her portfolio includes creating a patient marketing strategy for Medtronic, developing a narrative for Trintech, building the Patagonia Action Works platform, developing messaging for the Fair Trade brand, and marketing Google's commitment to sustainability.
Jaimie has a master's degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan, and began her career as an environmental consultant, working on energy equity issues across the Southeast.
When not fully immersed in her work, Jaimie can be found writing or spending time exploring Northern California with her husband.
DJ (Diana Jeanne) Moreau comes to Patino Associates as a seasoned Beltway veteran at the intersection of government/public affairs and technology, particularly the gaming industry. With a career built on connecting people from different arenas for a common good, DJ possesses a broad network sure to help clients across a wide range of organizations – from corporations to NGOs to non-profits to trade associations.
Prior to joining Patino Associates in 2022, DJ served as Senior Director of Partnerships and Programs at Games for Change – a unique non-profit that empowers game creators and social innovators to drive impact through digital games and immersive technology. Previously, she worked as the Head of Esports at Events DC and as the Head of Strategic Partnerships at GlassLab/LRNG – a joint venture between Electronic Arts and the MacArthur Foundation. Before that, DJ spent five years with the Entertainment Software Association as the Director of Third Party and Legislative Outreach.
Throughout her career, DJ has been instrumental in developing and managing numerous strategic initiatives including: (1) the U.S. State Department’s video game diplomacy program; (2) the Higher Education Video Game Alliance – a consortium of the top university video game design programs – as ranked by the Princeton Review; (3) the National STEM Video Game Challenge; (4) the District of Columbia’s official launch into esports; and (5) the first Youth Esports League Championship featuring the Boys & Girls Clubs.
DJ is a former Division I college athlete, who earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Wake Forest University. When she is not running (especially after her two young daughters), DJ can be found enjoying the slopes or on the Chesapeake Bay with her family and doodle.
Skyler joins Patino Associates after six years in state government affairs and 15 years in the food and beverage industry. Most recently, she served as Chief of Staff for Maryland Delegate Lily Qi (D). While working for several elected officials in Maryland, Skyler helped secure millions of tax dollars for local projects, spearheaded successful legislation – from small business initiatives to civil rights issues to environmental reform, and helped connect residents with various agencies to resolve issues, big and small.
Skyler’s time in the service industry was a foundational experience that spurred her passion to deliver prompt and personalized customer service. She looks back fondly on her years managing a quaint French bistro, Grapes Wine Bar, selecting the wine pairings and developing relationships with established guests. Further, she looks forward to completing her sommelier training, which is considered more than just a personal hobby at Patino Associates.
Skyler attended Tulane University in New Orleans, LA where she studied Marketing and now resides in Annapolis, MD.
Emily joins Patino Associates with 10 years of administrative experience in various industries including private equity, hospitality, technology and the performing arts. Most recently, she served as an Executive Assistant for the US Human Capital Management team at The Carlyle Group where her passion for finding new ways to enhance employee experiences continued to grow.
Prior to The Carlyle Group, Emily supported members of the executive team at Guest Services, Inc., a hospitality management company whose portfolio spans the management of national park concessions & lodging, senior living communities, luxury condos, hotels, & more. She has also previously worked in operations at Tableau Software, and served as the Education Coordinator at both Shakespeare Theatre Company & La Jolla Playhouse.
Emily received her bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA where she studied Spanish and International Business & Management.
In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with her family and spoiling her black lab puppy, Maverick.
Corinna joins Patino Associates with six years of Human Resources experience specializing in HR operations, benefits management, payroll, performance management, employee onboarding and strategic business partnering. Prior to joining Patino Associates, Corinna spent time in the B2B managed services and payments infrastructure industries.
Corinna attended Rutgers University, New Brunswick where she received her dual degree in Criminal Justice & Communications.
In her free time, you’ll find Corinna in her craft room knitting and quilting, always with her dog Ginger by her side.