Director, Education and Engagement

Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) is an advocacy organization based in Washington, DC that drives collaboration among partners from every healthcare sector to power advances in science, policy, and regulation that speed life-saving treatments to patients.

Joe Patterson serves as the Director, Education and Engagement at Friends, where he manages and implements the organization’s public affairs and communications strategy. This includes the Friends web presence as well as public facing communications. Joe also leads the organization’s advocacy education program, ProgressforPatients.org, helping patients, advocates, and caregivers acquire the necessary tools to effectively communicate with drug researchers, developers, and regulators.

Since joining Friends, Joe has previously held the positions of Manager, Public Affairs and Public Affairs Associate. Before joining Friends, Joe worked as a Staff Assistant in the Government Affairs department of the Food Research and Action Center, a national non-profit in DC focused on anti-hunger policy. His work focused on direct Congressional outreach, strategic messaging, as well as network communications and organizing. Joe has held various other positions in the D.C. area offices focusing on policy research, government affairs, and communications around issue campaigns.

Joe graduated from American University in 2012 with a BA in Political Science.