Michael Patterson

Michael Patterson
Chief Information Officer and Co-Founder, Arkansas Early Learning, Inc.

Michael Patterson is the Chief Information Officer and Co-Founder of Arkansas Early Learning, Inc., a non-profit organization and Head Start grantee laser focused on ending poverty and ending injustices that exist in our communities. Under Michael's leadership, Arkansas Early Learning has rapidly grown from a startup in 2013 to now Arkansas' largest Head Start grantee. Michael is a passionate social entrepreneur, lover of everything technology and, most importantly, a father of 3 wonderful daughters. Michael holds a M.S. Computer Science from Troy University. More recently, he is also a Head Start Management Fellow (UCLA, 2016) and current UCLA/PMFO new director mentor. Michael believes everyone deserves an opportunity for a better life and innovation is the critical key to the future success, sustainability, and impact of non-profit organizations. Just last month, his team completed the development of and launched a new app-based solution to tackle common problems of tracking, reporting, and analyzing non-federal share transactions, In-Kind Pro. Currently he is working on other "problems worth solving", and developing additional innovative solutions in the conversational AI space focusing on safety and human impact.

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