Clarence Patton is currently the Program Director and Developer of The Pipeline Project. Additionally, he is the Principal of Pipeline Consulting, which provides recruitment, leadership and program development support to non‐profits.
The Pipeline Project, is a recruitment, retention, and leadership advancement effort with the stated goal of producing programs and engaging in activities that together will represent a long term effort to increase the number of people of color working within the nation’s LGBT rights, service and advocacy sector and ultimately increase the level of diversity in the leadership of our movement. During 2008, the Pipeline Project was in its planning phase, funded by the Arcus Foundation. The Pipeline Project began full formal operations in January 2009.
From November 2005 through January 2008, Mr. Patton was the Executive Director of both of the New York City Gay & Lesbian Anti‐Violence Project (the Anti‐Violence Project), and Acting Executive Director of the National Coalition of Anti‐Violence Programs (NCAVP). He was also Acting Executive Director of the Anti‐Violence Project for nine months prior to being selected as Executive Director.
In his first year as Executive Director Mr. Patton enhanced agency's financial performance and prospects in part by producing a $76,000 operating surplus after inheriting a $52,000 operating deficit and $397,000 negative fund balance. In his second year, he significantly reduced the organization's structural debt by 76% to $94,000 in part by generating a $232,000 operating surplus and initiating a campaign to secure $250,000 in new funding from donors and institutions over two years. Within the effort's first month, cash and commitments for $125,000 had been secured.
During his tenure, he also successfully leveraged $750,000 for LGBTQ domestic violence services and programming at the Anti‐Violence Project and 13 other agencies across New York State and also oversaw almost all steps of merger of the Anti‐Violence Project with its national coalition.
Before assuming these dual roles, Mr. Patton was Director of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy at the Anti‐Violence Project. In this role, he was responsible for creating the department and ultimately expanded staffing to five FTE, and acted as secondary and often primary spokesperson for organization to media and community.
He also managed and expanded numerous government and private foundation resources including writing and managing all solicitations to elected officials for member item funds and held creative oversight and managed distribution of an ongoing public service advertising campaign and coordinated all public relations and external communication efforts.
He created the first‐ever statewide LGBTQ Domestic Violence Network in New York and developed and implemented comprehensive strategies to improve agency outreach to, work with and staff recruitment in people of color and transgender communities.
Mr. Patton was also instrumental in developing and implementing a new agency focus on developing public policy initiative efforts, and oversaw, executed and/or initiated programming that included: significantly enhanced and improved volunteer recruitment, retention, and education initiatives; the creation of a new Youth Anti‐Violence Initiative; the development of Anti‐LGBT violence in the workplace trainings, curricula, presentations and employee protections analyses.
From August 1996 through December 1998 he was also spent nearly three years as the Anti‐Violence Project’s Director of Development. During that time he oversaw and/or executed all aspects of organization’s fundraising activities and supported the growth of the organization’s operating $850,000 to almost $1.2 million. Mr. Patton also created the organization's direct mail and membership program.
Before arriving at the Anti‐Violence Project, he was Program Coordinator at the Empire State Pride Agenda, New York State’s lesbian and gay lobbying group and political action committee.
As Program Coordinator, he was the organization’s primary contact for people of color communities in New York City and all community groups in Upstate New York, where he traveled extensively working on the Pride Agenda’s efforts to organize the state’s lesbian and gay community around political and legislative issues.
For three years, Mr. Patton was Chair of the Board of People of Color in Crisis (POCC), an advocacy and service agency in Brooklyn primarily serving men of African descent living with or at risk for HIV and AIDS.
At Cornell University where he studied Urban and Regional Studies, he was active both in community work in the City of Ithaca as well as the Cornell Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Coalition. While at Cornell, he was also the head of Gays, Bisexuals and Lesbians of Color (GBLOC). Mr. Patton resides in Brooklyn, New York.