Prior to joining Leadership ISD, Patra served as the General Manager of Talent Acquisition for Houston Independent School District, where she oversaw recruitment, selection, on-boarding and organizational development programming and initiatives for the nation’s 6th largest school district. A Houston native and product of public education, Patra is passionate about her community and improving educational and economic opportunities for all residents. Prior to her role at HISD, Patra worked as a Human Resources Advisor for ExxonMobil where she provided strategic staffing support to executive management within the Production Company division. She has also held progressive roles in executive recruiting and corporate audit with industry experience spanning Fortune 100 organizations including Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, BMC Software, Merck & Co and ExxonMobil. Patra is a graduate of Iowa State University with a B.S. in Finance and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business. Patra currently resides in Pearland, TX with her husband. She enjoys volunteering, mentoring, reading, decorating, traveling, meeting new people, and spending time with family and friends.