Patricia Swenson has over 20 years experience in the financial services industry, specializing in Consumer Banking and Mortgage Finance. Patricia began her career in 1986 at Mellon Bank, a regional commercial bank in the northeastern U.S. In 2002, Patricia joined LSI, a company providing appraisal and title insurance services to the top 50 mortgage lending institutions, as the director of marketing and strategic development. In 2003, LSI was acquired by Fidelity National Financial where Patricia led the formation of an enterprise level sales and account management organization. Through the formation of the Office of the Enterprise, Fidelity brought together a series of acquired companies under a common sales infrastructure focused on building C-level relationships, with success measured by increased market share and cross sales. The Office of the Enterprise model was described as an industry “best practice” by Wall Street firms covering the company.
In 2009, Patricia moved her family to Santa Barbara to enjoy the healthy lifestyle afforded by the favorable climate and unique community, and to participate more fully in the growth and development of her children, James and Kathryn Kendrick. Patricia joined the board of Santa Barbara Middle School in 2011, and served as its President in 2014-2016. During this time, the school secured its permanent home thanks to Ernie Brooks’ generous gift of the historic campus on Alameda Padre Serra.
Of Patricia’s many career accomplishments, she is most proud of her service to Santa Barbara Middle School, and the resulting deepened connection to Santa Barbara. The strength and resolve of the community, tested by the natural disasters experienced this past year, inspired Patricia to seek additional opportunities to serve, leading her to the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade. She is both honored and excited to participate in the continued growth of this excellent organization, and the amazing work of its leaders and volunteers.
Patricia and her husband Eric are avid skiers, who can be seen daily with their Chocolate Lab, Brody, on the local hiking trails.