Resource Development Associates

Patricia Marrone Bennett, PhD

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, Pat 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.


  • Doctor of Psychology in Human and Organizational Development – Fielding University in Santa Barbara
  • Master of Arts in Human and Organizational Systems – Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology – University of California at Berkeley

Select Projects

  • California Department of Social Services: Home Visiting Program Evaluation
  • Child and Family Policy Institute of California: Preventing and Addressing Child Trafficking Evaluation
  • Contra Costa County Adult Education Consortium: Adult Education Block Grant Coordination and Facilitation
  • Fresno County: Comprehensive Systems Assessment and Planning
  • Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office Homeless Outreach Network Evaluation
  • Los Angeles Probation Department: Probation Governance Study
  • Oakland Measure Y Initiative: Violence Prevention Program Evaluation
  • Kings County Behavioral Health: Mental Health Services Act Innovation Program Evaluation
  • San Francisco: Prop 63 Comprehensive Planning
  • San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services: Dignity Fund Community Needs Assessment
  • San Francisco Department of Public Health: Sugary Drinks Distributor Tax Advisory Committee Facilitation and Support
  • 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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