Patrick W. Griffin ’81 (Vice Chair)

Founding Partner & CEO
Merrimack Potomac + Charles

Boston, Massachusetts

Patrick is the founding partner and CEO of Merrimack Potomac + Charles. He was the founding partner, Chairman and CEO of GYK/Antler in Manchester, NH and Boston, MA. He has also served as Managing Partner of the Boston office of Purple Strategies, a national branding and public affairs firm with offices in Washington and Chicago. He remains of Counsel to Purple.

He and his firms' clients have included some of the best known consumer brands in the world including Anheuser Busch, Coca Cola, BP, McDonald’s, The Tri-State Lottery, Dunkin Donuts, and NASCAR to name a few.
In addition to his consumer brand and corporate affairs work, he has served as a media consultant and Republican campaign strategist.

His clients have included 4 presidential campaigns including Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, former Secretary of Education and current U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. He has also handled media consulting for U.S. Senators Judd Gregg and John E. Sununu, numerous members of Congress and the United States Senate and provided media consulting services for the Republican National Senatorial and Congressional Campaign Committees in Washington, DC.

Patrick appears regularly on regional and national television as a political analyst for MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, CBS News and NPR. He also serves as a political analyst and contributor for WCVB-TV (ABC/Boston); Fox 25 News, NECN and WGBH TV (PBS) also in Boston.

He has been a Senior Research Fellow at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH and has been a frequent guest lecturer at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

He is the author of “Pay No Attention to That Man behind the Curtain,” and “Primary Columns: The 2012 GOP Presidential Campaign: In Essays, Op-Eds, Blog Posts, Musings and Rants.” He speaks around the country on politics, education, healthcare communications, government affairs and the media.

Patrick earned his undergraduate degree from Stonehill in 1981 and was elected to the board in the spring of 2002. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The New England Council and the Board of Advisors of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm. A lifelong New Hampshire resident, he splits his time between Boston and the Granite State.