Staff Spotlight: Patricia Preston, Executive Director, Vermont Council on World Affairs

A Vermont native, Patricia is a graduate of UVM with a degree in Secondary Education and holds a Master’s degree in International Education from NYU. She studied abroad in England and has traveled extensively around the world, including work as a teacher and curriculum developer in Tanzania. Patricia worked for both the United Nations on women’s issues and the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Food Security. She is also President and Founder of a non-profit that provides nutrition and hygiene education to children in rural Guatemala. When not working, Patricia enjoys skiing, bouldering, hiking with her dog, and playing the ukulele. She is an advocate for environmental conservation and has a strong passion for human rights and empowerment of women and girls.

What three traits define you?
Resilient, versatile, creative

What is your personal philosophy?
To always look for opportunities to leave the world a better place

What is one thing you could not live without?
My passport!

What is the one thing you cannot resist?
Travel 🙂

Where is your favorite place to be?
In a culture completely unknown to me, learning and exploring.

What is your favorite thing to do?
See above ^^ (Preferably, the aforementioned exploring is outside, on a mountain or near water.)

Where is the best place you have traveled to and why?
I don’t really have a ‘best’ place. I’d say each country/state I have traveled to has been unique, amazing, and challenging in its own way. The VCWA has taken two trips to Cuba with our members, which were amazing!

What is the weirdest job you have ever had?
I worked on the advance team for the Obama administration… maybe not ‘weird’ but definitely crazy! I also had a job where I was sent to a new location around the world every 3-4 weeks for three years, that’s pretty unique…

What is the best book you have ever read?
Ooof! Too hard, there are too many. Right now I’m reading “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History” by Elizabeth Kolbert.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I did voiceover work as a kid. So, it’s me speaking when you squeeze that grape you bought at FAO Shwarz in the ‘90s.

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