Pati Drumm Grady is a Senior Search Consultant for Freeman Philanthropic Services. She has been providing research-based consulting services to retained search firms and corporate clients for over 24 years. She was introduced to executive search when she joined the staff of MILAR, Europe’s foremost provider of corporate research to the retained recruiting industry, as corporate librarian and researcher.

Prior to recruiting, Pati was the executive director of the Shaker Museum in Old Chatham, New York and executive director of the Hand Hollow Foundation, a private philanthropy founded by internationally renowned kinetic sculptor, George Rickey. She was chief conservator of the Martin Chambi photographic archive in Cuzo, Peru, and co-director of LaSemilla, a project commissioned by a joint international public-private partnership in San Jose, Costa Rica and Wilmington, Delaware, which documented the traditional folk culture of Costa Rica.

After living with her family for eight years in Vienna, Austria and Brussels, Belgium, Pati relocated to the small village of Cooperstown, NY, where she has been actively involved in a number of community organizations, including Rotary International, Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension, Town of Springfield Land Use Commission and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Otsego Lake Association.

Pati has a BA in anthropology and art history from the State University of New York, College at Cortland, and did her graduate work in American Folk Culture and History Museum Training at the Cooperstown Graduate Program, State University of New York, College at Oneonta. She holds a certificate in executive education from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. She and her husband, Kevin, a retired restaurateur and chef, have five grown children and nine grandchildren.


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