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Patrick Donovan joined TRCP as its chief policy officer in January 2022.
Previously, Donovan spent six years in the U.S. Senate where he led Senator Michael Bennet’s work on agriculture, public lands, and natural resources. In this role, he developed and passed legislation to improve wildlife habitat, protect public land, and invest in climate resilience. Before joining Bennet’s office, Donovan served as a NOAA Sea Grant Knauss Fellow in Senator Gary Peters’ office where he helped advance proposals on water infrastructure and the Great Lakes.
Donovan earned his Ph.D and M.S. from the University of Michigan where he studied the movement of mercury in aquatic systems and taught courses on geology, ecosystem science, and energy development. While at the University of Michigan, he also earned a graduate certificate in Science, Technology, and Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He holds a B.S. in geochemistry from Western Michigan University.
He is a Michigan native and enjoys backpacking, bowhunting, and getting outside with his family.