Pat Wilson was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Georgia Department of Economic Development in January 2011. As COO, Mr. Wilson manages the daily operations of the agency, handles budgetary and personnel issues for all department divisions, is the principal point of contact for external partners and serves as Executive Director of the Georgia Allies. He is also involved in the department’s Asia strategy and outreach to the Consular Corps.
Mr. Wilson joined GDEcD as Deputy Commissioner for Global Commerce in 2010. Prior to that, he served on the staff of Governor Sonny Perdue as the director of government affairs. In that position, he led efforts to promote Governor Perdue’s legislative agenda at the State Capitol and managed federal affairs for the state of Georgia. He previously served as director of federal affairs for the state, opening the Washington, D.C. office in 2005. There he worked to promote the state’s agenda with the U.S. Congress and federal agencies as the Governor’s representative to the Georgia congressional delegation.
Mr. Wilson also worked previously for the late U.S. Senator Paul D. Coverdell, then chairman of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee of the Foreign Relations Committee.
He is a Franklin Springs, Georgia native, and holds an undergraduate degree in political science with a focus on international relations from the University of Georgia.