Patrick Wilson was appointed as Director of the of the Office of Business Liaison in November 2018. The primary mission of the office is to represent private sector interests through strategic engagement on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce. The office also liaises with the leadership of the 12 bureaus of DOC to keep a pulse on business engagement across the Department.
Prior to joining OBL, Wilson led corporate government relations for U.S. headquartered manufacturing companies Cummins Inc. Babcock and Wilcox Company (now BWE) and for the Semiconductor Industry Association. The SIA is a high-tech trade association representing America’s largest chip makers.
He also previously served in the U.S. Congress (House & Senate) last as Director of Coalitions and Senior Counsel for the House Small Business Committee. He also formerly served as Legislative Counsel for then Kansas Senator (now Ambassador) Sam Brownback and as Legislative Director for then Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana. A veteran of Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn, Wilson has served as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army and Virginia National Guard since 2004 and is currently a Civil Affairs Officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies & Economics from the University of Denver Korbel School and at the Denver Sturm College of Law. Combining his interests in national security and industrial policy, he has since 2006 been a guest lecturer at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy. Wilson serves on the Board of Directors of the National Capital Area Salvation Army and as a volunteer for the National Archives Foundation. A native of Independence, Missouri, Wilson and his husband Jason (a Congressional staffer) reside in Old Town Alexandria, VA.