Patrick W. Griffin ’81

Chairman and CEO
Griffin York & Krause

Manchester, New Hampshire

Mr. Griffin is the founding partner, Chairman & CEO of Griffin York & Krause, the largest advertising, strategic communications and integrated marketing firm in Northern New England. 

A 1981 Stonehill graduate, Mr. Griffin founded the firm in 1985.  His clients have included Anheuser Bush, Dunkin Donuts, Coca Cola USA, and Cigna Health Care.

In addition to his consumer brand work, Mr. Griffin heads the political and public policy division of GY& K. His clients have included Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former Secretary of Education and current U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, and current U.S. Senators Judd Gregg and John E Sununu and the Republican National Senatorial and Congressional Campaign Committees.

Mr. Griffin appears regularly on regional and national media as a Republican Political Analyst.  He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN's “Inside Politics,” Fox News and NPR. He is currently a visiting Senior Research Fellow at the N.H. Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College and has been a guest lecture at the John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics at Harvard.  Mr. Griffin is the author of the book "Pay No Attention to That Man behind the Curtain", (How Technology Has Made Traditional Advertising Obsolete). He speaks around the country on politics, the media, education and healthcare.

He is a former trustee of the Derryfield School in Manchester, NH., a longtime member of the President's Council at Stonehill and has served on the Executive Committee for “Attaining the Summit: The Campaign for Stonehill College.”

Patrick was elected as a trustee in spring 2002, and currently resides in Manchester, NH, with his wife Sally. They have two sons.