Sarina Patterson is a Communications Specialist on the Partnerships and Communications team; she previously served AidData as a Communications Associate. Sarina works to increase the lab's reach and visibility by publicizing and promoting its unique activities. She writes, ghostwrites, and edits AidData's blog, The First Tranche, and creates or edits all content for its web and social media presence. She shepherds 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.
Sarina 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 also 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, 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.