Patrick Morgan is the Philadelphia based Program Director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He leads Knight’s investment strategy in Philadelphia working with local leaders and other community members to find and invest in opportunities that build on the city’s vibrancy. Currently, Morgan is collaborating with local and national partners to advance an initiative in Philadelphia called Reimagining the Civic Commons. Reimagining the Civic Commons is a new approach for enhancing Philadelphia’s parks, recreation centers and libraries. Philadelphia was the first city to pilot Reimagining the Civic Commons and it recently launched to four other U.S. cities (Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, and Akron). Together they exploring how transforming public spaces can help to foster more equitable, inclusive, and engaged communities in cities
Prior to joining Knight, Morgan held leadership positions in Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s administration including Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Environmental & Community Resources and Assistant Managing Director. He has helped to develop innovative public initiatives to increase the urban tree canopy, promote an equitable food system, create new public parks and play spaces, as well as advance workforce development, digital literacy and community engagement.
Through his work on the Green2015 initiative, he collaborated with the community to transform schoolyards and recreation centers into green spaces in city neighborhoods that lack areas for people to meet, connect and pursue activities. Partners on the initiative include the School District of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Water Department and national nonprofit The Trust for Public Land. The initiative was extended by the School District of Philadelphia to include another 20 schoolyards over the next five years.
A Philadelphia-area native, Morgan earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Scranton and earned a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Villanova University and has completed coursework as part of the Brookings Institution’s Executive Education program in Washington, D.C.
He and his wife, Lee Ann, live in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia with their three children, Isabel, Charles, and Abigail.