Patrick Joyal

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Patrick Joyal

Political Director

Patrick is a campaign operative, a proud Democrat, and an ever-optimistic Pittsburgh Pirates fan. (Those last two adjectives switch places depending on the year...) He’s a native of Southwestern PA, and graduated from Kenyon College in 2013 with a degree in music.

Returning home, he freelanced with local classical music ensembles, worked in the Learning & Community Engagement Department of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and joined the staff of The Woodlands Foundation, where he led the region’s premiere adapted music program and later worked as the organization's Talent Acquisition Coordinator. Taken together, these experiences provided an unorthodox but immersive introduction to authentic organizing, advocacy, and community-building.

In mid-2018, he made the switch to politics and served as Field Director for the Daniel Smith Jr. campaign in PA’s 12th House District. In deep red Butler County, with little existing Democratic infrastructure, our grassroots field program helped produce the highest DPI overperformance (+10.8) in the Commonwealth.

In 2019, Patrick managed the Corey O’Connor for Pittsburgh City Council and Kevin Boozel for Butler County Commissioner campaigns.

He comes by his political activism honestly. His parents met on a bus at the Democratic National Convention in 1988, where his father worked for presidential nominee Mike Dukakis and his mother was a consultant to the United SteelWorkers of America’s Communications Department.

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