Intro to Effective Community Engagement / March 27-28 / Register Today!

Pretrial Justice Institute
200 East Pratt Street, Suite 4100
Baltimore, MD 21202

(667) 281-9141

Tenille Patterson

Tenille Patterson

Senior Consultant


My work at PJI is part of a lifelong mission to create safe, nurturing workplaces for people representing diversity of thought, lived experience, gender, race and ethnicity. I’m driven by the belief that we can create new ways of doing and being. When we build liberatory, pro-Black spaces, we not only make our communities stronger — we also help others thrive.

A CPA by trade, I began my career working in public accounting, then transitioned to the nonprofit field to align with my spirit of advocacy and social justice. I have spent the last ten years as an executive leader, helping to drive transformational change in nonprofit organizations. This included my role as Chief Operating Officer for the Center for Urban Families, a human services organization that supports Baltimore fathers and families working to overcome systemic barriers to financial stability.

In my spare time, you can find me soaking up sunshine with my two sons, returning to the roots of my ancestors as a caretaker of the earth, and helping other Black women embrace new narratives around their purpose of living and being.

What's a fun fact about you?

I once sang at the Apollo as a part of a girl group — and I still want to be a background singer.