Patti Keckeisen, a parent leader and former corporate professional, shifted her career to parent leadership and civic engagement after personally participating in the Parent Leadership Training Institute in 1999 in Connecticut. Patti is the descendant of immigrants from southern and eastern Europe and felt especially connected to her ancestors as a result of her PLTI experience – The Parent Leadership Training Institute, which brought together parents from different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds for a transformative family civics leadership experience.
Patti leads as the Director of Quality for NPLI. Previously, Patti served as NPLI Co-Director and National Consultant and Implementation Specialist, working with communities around the country including those in California, Colorado, Maine, Rhode Island, Virginia, Wyoming and the Wind River Indian Reservation, and in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Patti served as the Parent Leadership Development Coordinator in Danbury, CT leading the development of parents as civic leaders using evidence-based curricula like PLTI, while adding pathways to community leadership opportunities as ongoing professional development.
Patti’s community service includes the founding of the Greater Danbury Parent and Child Playgroup; past member of citywide and local Parent Teacher Organizations, Danbury’s Coalition for a Community United, Church Parish Council, and elementary school advisory council,and is recent past co-chair of the city-wide early childhood collaborative of the City of Danbury. Patti is an active member of the Danbury Change Team, and the PLTI Civic Design teams in Bridgeport and in Danbury CT.
Patti graduated from Fairfield University with a B.S. in Business Management and holds an Advanced Certificate in Leadership, Management and Organization Development from The James River Institute.
Patti and her husband Jim live in Danbury with two adult children, Kyle and Katherine, living nearby. And sometimes, back at home with them.