Patrick Westerlund leads the Wells Foundation's Social Impact Investing executive education program for nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs, which launched in December 2013. Patrick also works on the investment team, providing advisory services related to social enterprise development and conducting due diligence on impact investment opportunities. Additionally, Patrick collaborates with other foundation staff members on the development of new social ventures within the portfolio of the Wells Foundation including ds-connex and Citra.
Patrick is currently serving on the board of GroundWork group, nonprofit social enterprise that provides affordable IT services to over 200 nonprofits and helped them raise over $45 million in 2016. Patrick also serves at the United Way of Central Ohio on the Planning & Investments Committee, and co-founded the Festival for Good, an annual event that showcases nearly 50 social enterprises and introduces them to thousands of socially conscious consumers.
Prior to working for the foundation, Patrick worked at Desco Capital, a $500 million Columbus-based private equity firm, started his own branch of a painting company, and worked in his family’s restaurant business. Patrick is a graduate of The Ohio State University where he specialized in Finance, actively consulted for Columbus nonprofit organizations, planned the Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit, and was involved in various other university programs and student organizations.