Patrick Brennan

Vice President of Government Relations

Patrick serves as the VP of Government Relations at Learning Ally. In this capacity, Patrick works with the legislatures, departments of education, and governors who have trusted Learning Ally to serve their struggling readers. Patrick's charter at Learning Ally is to work with policymakers and educators to drive legislative initiatives meant to create student-focused solutions meant to provide tools to teacher enhance literacy instruction. Patrick secured funding of $3.5 million from the California Governor’s office to develop and pilot a dyslexia screening and early intervention program at the UCSF Dyslexia Center.

Patrick previously worked in the U.S. Senate for Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Congressman John Spratt of South Carolina. During his time in the Senate he was the lead staffer for a number of bills and amendments that were signed into law by President Obama. Patrick is the a member of the Board of Advisors of the UC San Francisco Dyslexia Center. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Strategic Education Research Partnership in Washington, DC. He graduated from Wake Forest University with a BA in political science and from the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School with an MBA in Finance.


We all have our personal stories and unique backgrounds that connect us to the organization and its mission. Different in many ways, yes, but everyone on the team is passionate about education and possesses a true desire to see students overcome their learning differences to succeed academically, and beyond.