Partnerships & Communications

Sarina Patterson

Communications Manager

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Sarina Patterson is the Communications Manager on AidData's Partnerships and Communications team, working to increase the lab's reach and visibility by publicizing and promoting its unique activities. She co-authored a recent report, Harboring Global Ambitions, that examines China's global ports footprint and implications for future naval bases. She writes, ghostwrites, and edits for AidData's blog, The First Tranche; manages the lab's social media; and designs and creates content for its web presence. She helps shepherd AidData's last-mile publication process, editing its studies and flagship reports. She also produces report covers, data visualizations, maps, and interactive dashboards using GIS and other software.

B.A., Government, Harvard University

Sarina previously served as a Communications Associate and Communications Specialist at AidData. She holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard, with a secondary in East Asian Studies, a Spanish language citation, and language coursework in Korean, Farsi, and Icelandic. She studied abroad at Seoul National University for Korean. While at AidData, she has taken courses at William & Mary in GIS, remote sensing, geovisualization and cartographic design, conservation GIS, science writing, ocean remote sensing, and Chinese. Previously, Sarina worked as the Managing Director of Marketing for Harvard Student Agencies, the largest student-run corporation in the world, and as a Project Management Intern for Carbon Recycling International, an Icelandic renewable energy company.