Snohomish County, Wash. – Community Transit has named Geoff Patrick as the agency’s first Chief Communications Officer, overseeing communications, marketing, and community engagement for the Snohomish County public transportation agency. He will start his job in April.
Patrick is acting as Chief Communications Officer for Sound Transit (ST), where he has worked for 20 years. In that time, he served as ST spokesperson and oversaw community outreach for the ST2 and ST3 ballot initiatives, contributing to voter approval of a $72 billion expansion of light rail and ST bus service in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.
Patrick also led multi-agency coordinated communications for the 2010 launch of One Regional Card for All (ORCA), the Puget Sound region’s electronic fare card. In 2019 he graduated from the Eno Center for Transportation’s Senior Executive Program.
“Geoff’s proven experience in the local transit community will help Community Transit focus its public messaging at a crucial time when we are expanding our Swift bus rapid transit network, connecting to the regional light rail network, and considering innovative services like our Zip Alderwood Shuttle,” said Community Transit CEO Ric Ilgenfritz.
“Community Transit’s upcoming transit investments in Snohomish County will help drive our entire region’s transformation,” said Patrick. “Building and maintaining support for these investments and promoting transit ridership require an intensive focus on integrated strategic communications that I look forward to building at Community Transit.”
Community Transit is responsible for providing bus and paratransit service, vanpool and alternative commute options in Snohomish County. The agency is expanding its network of Swift bus rapid transit lines to connect to light rail and provide fast, frequent transit throughout the county.