Patricia Brownell Sterner is Principal and CEO of JFB & Associates LLC, a consulting firm providing services for cooperatives, non-profits and foundations established in 2002. She brings more than 30 years of experience in the civic sector, managing organizations and providing consulting services in the areas of governance, fundraising, program development, strategic planning, and organizational development.
Prior to establishing JFB & Associates, Patricia served as Executive Director of the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), the charitable development arm for the national credit union industry. She has held other executive positions over her career, including Managing Director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at the University of Colorado, where she received a faculty appointment, and Chief Operating Officer of the National Cooperative Business Association, where she was the chief liaison to the board of directors.
Patricia serves on various boards of directors, including the Furies Foundation and the FoolProof Financial Education Foundation. She is Vice Chair of the City of Duluth’s Community Development Commission which oversees the distribution of $3.5 million of the City’s HUD funding. As a board member she has been heavily involved in board and organizational restructuring to streamline operations and governance.