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Patrick Wilson joined the Office of the Secretary of Commerce as the 16th Director of the Office of Business Liaison in November 2018. Created by President Reagan and his first Secretary of Commerce Malcolm Baldridge, the Office of Business Liaison (OBL) is the primary point of contact between the business community and the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Commerce. The office also liaises with the leadership of the 12 bureaus of DOC to keep a pulse on business engagement across the Department. The primary mission is to represent private sector interests through strategic engagement on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce. The role of the OBL is to:
Build pro-active, responsive relationships with the business community;
Provide a feedback loop that informs the Secretary, the Department and Administration officials on the critical issues facing the business community;
Connect businesses with Commerce experts, resources, policies and programs; and
Conduct outreach to the business community including arranging meetings and briefings with Department officials.
Prior to joining OBL, Wilson led corporate government relations for US headquartered manufacturing companies Cummins Inc. Babcock and Wilcox Company (now BWE) and for the Semiconductor Industry Association. The SIA is a high-tech trade association representing America’s largest chip makers.
Before joining the government affairs world, he worked in the US Congress, House and Senate; Last serving as Director of Coalitions and Senior Counsel for the House Small Business Committee and Executive Director of the House Manufacturing Caucus. He also formerly served as Legislative Counsel for then Kansas Senator (now Ambassador) Sam Brownback and as Legislative Director for then Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, who now serves as Vice President.
A veteran of Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn, Wilson has served as an artillery officer in the US Army and Virginia National Guard since 2004 and is currently a Civil Affairs Officer in the US Army Reserve. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies & Economics from the University of Denver Korbel School and at the Denver Sturm College of Law. Combining his interests in national security and industrial policy, he has since 2006 been a guest lecturer at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy. Wilson serves on the Board of Directors of the National Capital Area Salvation Army and on the Board of the Young Founders Society of the National Archives Foundation. A native of Independence, Missouri, Wilson and his husband Jason Geske (a Congressional Staffer) reside in Old Town Alexandria, VA.