Resource Development Associates

Patricia Marrone Bennett, Ph.D.

President and CEO

Pat is RDA’s President and CEO. After 25 years directing nonprofit human service organizations, she has launched numerous efforts to improve systems and practices in government and non-profit organizations including utilizing and sharing data, leadership development, organizational change management, revenue enhancement, and consumer-driven planning processes. She believes that government, when partnered with consumers and community-based organizations, can solve complex societal problems and improve the quality of life of individuals, families, and the communities in which they live.

Stemming from her days as a lobbyist for the Quaker-sponsored Friends Committee on Legislation, Pat maintains a passion for justice reform, behavioral health issues, and supports for foster care youth. She led an effort that established the first program of its kind for incarcerated pregnant teens and their infant children and was the first alternative to incarceration for the California Youth Authority.

Prior to joining RDA, she served as the Executive Director of several nonprofit organizations that provided behavioral health, case management, and homeless services. She learned that, because they often serve the same populations, public sector organizations need to work together to realize positive outcomes and solve community problems.
Pat is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and is currently a member of the California Mental Health Planning Council and past President of Mental Health America of California.


  • B.A. in Sociology – University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Development – Fielding University in Santa Barbara

Select Projects

  • Fresno County Comprehensive Systems Assessment and Planning
  • Los Angeles Probation Governance Model Assessment
  • Oakland Measure Y Violence Prevention Program Evaluation
  • San Francisco Prop 63 Comprehensive Planning
  • San Jose Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Evaluation
  • San Mateo Probation Evidence-Based Practice Training
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