Steve Patterson

Steve Patterson

Vice President

With more than two decades of high-level communications experience, Steve Patterson is a nationally recognized crisis communications professional. At Jarrard Inc. his counsel helps to protect client reputations, define and elevate brands and engage audiences.

Patterson has successfully managed a range of large-scale, crises that threatened both reputations and public safety. His expertise expands to media relations, public affairs and change management allowing him to thoughtfully navigate adverse scenarios. Along with his extensive networks, his experience enables him to identify and troubleshoot potential crisis situations and establish media strategies to address them proactively.

Prior to joining Jarrard Inc., Patterson was a vice president at Res Publica Group where he led corporate communication campaigns to strategically address key issues and protect reputations. From advising the owners of Manchester Arena in the wake of the bombing outside an Ariana Grande concert to helping health systems navigate insidious threats, Patterson is a proven leader in managing explosive issues amid national attention.

Earlier, as an investigative reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times and Gary Post-Tribune, Patterson’s work triggered dozens of indictments, the establishment of new state laws and the overturning of two elections. He later served as communications director for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

He is a member of the Native American Journalists Association.

Patterson received his Bachelor of Science degree in communications from Ball State University.

Worth Knowing:

  • Made in Detroit: a little Motown, a little Rock City and a lot of Lions, Tigers and Wings
  • Played collegiate rugby and created Ball State’s Native American Student Association
  • Once successfully homebrewed a wheat ale