Patrick Joyal is a campaign operative, a proud Democrat, and an ever-optimistic Pittsburgh Pirates fan. A native of Southwestern Pennsylvania, he graduated from Kenyon College in 2013 with a degree in music and a focus on instrumental conducting.
After college, Patrick freelanced with local classical ensembles and worked in the Learning and Community Engagement Department of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Following his time at the Symphony, he joined the Woodlands Foundation, where he first led the region's premiere adapted music program and served as the organization's Talent Acquisition Coordinator. These diverse experiences provided an unorthodox but immersive introduction to authentic organizing, advocacy, and community-building.
In early 2018, he made the switch to politics and served as Field Director for the Daniel Smith Jr. campaign in PA's 12th House District. In deep-red Butler County, with little existing Democratic infrastructure, his grassroots-based field program helped produce one of the highest DPI over performances (+10.8) in the Commonwealth.
In 2019, Patrick managed the Corey O'Connor for Pittsburgh City Council and Kevin Boozel for Butler County Commissioner campaigns, and joined Think Big Campaigns, a Pittsburgh-based political consulting firm, as its Political Director. At Think Big, he develops and executes communications plans, field programs, and campaign strategies for local, state, and national clients.
Patrick comes by his political activism honestly. His parents met on a bus at the Democratic National Convention in 1988, where his father worked for presidential nominee Mike Dukakis, and his mother was a consultant to the United Steelworkers of America's Communications Department.