Meet Patty

Patty Padilla

Patty Padilla

Founder and CEO

Patty, our fearless leader, has curated events in nearly every state and more than 23 countries. With over 15 years of expertise in event production and partnership building, she has collaborated with elected officials, notable figures, impactful foundations, and Fortune 500 corporations worldwide. She is the creative force behind all 196 events.

Her work includes extensive event production experience for both Hillary Clinton’s and Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns in 2008, as well as President Barack Obama’s 2009 and 2013 Inauguration, and the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

She has produced events in partnership with a diverse range of global companies and organizations, including Swarovski, Comcast, Johnson & Johnson, Caterpillar, SXSW, the Clinton Foundation, IBM, LinkedIn, ConsenSys, Dermalogica, the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, Yachting Australia, and with federal entities including the city of San Francisco, U.S Departments of State and Labor, and the White House.

Before founding 196, Patty served as the Executive Director of Global Events for the United Nations Foundation. In this role, she led a team that produced over 300 events a year focused on creating global impact and social good.

Additionally, Patty has served as a key advisor to Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis during the first term of the Obama Administration. Her passion for enacting meaningful social change continues to drive her work creating impactful experiences and gatherings for individuals working to make a difference in the world.