Lorena Patterson is the President and CEO of [email protected] Corp, a Cultural and Equity Firm specializing in helping organizations and businesses in the public and private sector to be culturally proficient. She also works as the Diversity Supply Chain Consultant for Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council’s Global Initiative. Prior to her current roles, Lorena was the Latin American Programs Director at the University of North Carolina System, where she managed programs that helped government and community leaders to positively integrate and serve the changing population in North Carolina. She has been leading programs to Mexico and Cuba in the areas of health, education/workforce, and law enforcement. Lorena connects leaders with specific countries in order to learn best practices that should be applied in North Carolina. Leaders gain a deeper
understanding to guide decisions through global challenges and opportunities.
Prior to her current role, Lorena also coordinated the Global Leaders program connecting policymakers and business leaders to countries such as China, India, Germany, Singapore and Mexico with a focus on international business, trade, and education in areas of strategic importance to North Carolina. Some of these topics have been public safety, life sciences, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, and agriculture.
Previously, she worked for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State where she connected leaders in Mexico with leaders in North Carolina to increase understanding of the Latino/Hispanic population. She also advocated for Hispanic families in Johnston County Public Schools where she served as a translator and interpreter to families, teachers and the board of Exceptional Children’s Department.
Lorena earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on International Relations from North Carolina State University. She holds a certificate in diversity and social justice from City College of San Francisco, and a certificate of language and history from the Università per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy. Lorena is a native of Mexico City.
She is the President of the North Carolina chapter of the Mexican Network of Mexican Professionals Abroad (Red Global MX), an entity of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations. Lorena is the co-founder of the Hispanic/Latino Education Workforce Action Coalition, a member of the State Talent and Workforce Initiatives of North Carolina. She is Treasurer on the board of the Latino Credit Union and a Director on the North Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Lorena lives in Raleigh with her daughter Andrea. She is a mother of three. Her daughter Patricia graduated with a Master’s in English from UNC Greensboro, and her son Stephan is currently enrolled at UNC Greensboro pursuing his degree in film studies. Lorena enjoys traveling, meeting new people, learning new languages, and new cultures. She is passionate about connecting people through projects that make a difference in communities and bettering the quality of their lives. Lorena speaks three languages: Spanish, English, and Italian. Lorena believes that North Carolina has the potential to be the first state in the nation to have a unique model of a cultural/global community.