Community Transit, the Snohomish County, Wash., public transportation agency, has named Geoff Patrick as its first chief communications officer. In this role his responsibilities will include overseeing communications, marketing and engaging with the community. He will start in his role in April.
Patrick is acting as chief communications officer for Sound Transit, where he has worked for 20 years. In that time, he served as Sound Transit 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,” Patrick said. “Building and maintaining support for these investments and promoting transit ridership require an intensive focus on integrated strategic communications 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.