Patrick W. Griffin ’81

Managing Partner, Purple Strategies New England
Chairman Emeritus, GYK/Antler

Boston, Massachusetts

Mr. Griffin is the founding partner and Chairman Emeritus of GYK/Antler, the largest advertising, strategic communications, and integrated marketing firm in Northern New England. He currently serves as Managing Partner of Purple Strategies New England in Boston with offices in Washington, D.C. and Chicago. A 1981 Stonehill graduate, Mr Griffin’s clients have included Anheuser Busch, Dunkin Donuts, and Coca Cola USA.

In addition to his consumer brand work, Mr. Griffin has served as a GOP Media Consultant. 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, 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 regular contributor and analyst on Boston WCVB TV and Fox 25 News. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN’s “Insider Politics,” Fox News, and NPR. He has served as a Senior Research Fellow at the N.H. Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College and has been a guest lecturer 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), and “Primary Columns”. He speaks around the country on politics, the media, education, and healthcare.

He is a former trustee of the Derryfield School in Manchester, N.H., 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 Gilford, N.H. and Boston, with his wife Sally. They have two sons.