Head shot of Tamara Patrick
Adjunct Faculty
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants

    Chief executive officer for programs at the Election Center, Tammy Patrick has been working in the election administration space since 2003—most recently as the senior advisor to the Elections Program at Democracy Fund. Focusing on modern elections, Tammy works to foster a voter-centric elections system and support election officials across the country. 

    She has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs since 2016.

    In 2013 she was selected by President Obama to serve as a commissioner on the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, which led to a position at the Bipartisan Policy Center to further the work of the PCEA. Prior to that, she was the federal compliance officer for the Maricopa County Elections Department for 11 years.

    She has testified on election administration policies multiple times in the United States Senate and House of Representatives, and in numerous state legislatures on behalf of members of both parties. She has been an active member of the Election Center’s Legislative and Postal Committees, representing the organization to the US Postal Service’s Mailers Technical Advisory Committee for over a decade. She elevates the election official perspective in the media and by serving as a member of numerous boards of advisors and steering committees.

    Patrick received her CERA certification in 2007 from Auburn University and the Election Center, and was honored to be inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2022. 

    In her free time you can find her in her garden or playing music—she released her fifth album in 2016 and can be found on all major streaming services.