Board of Directors
Pat Reuss has lived in Virginia since 1979. She is currently semi-retired and serves as a policy advisor to the National Organization for Women, the NOW PAC, and the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. She also volunteers as a chapter leader for NOVA NOW. Pat previously worked as the senior policy analyst for the National Organization for Women, directed the D.C. office of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, and spent her first decade in D.C. as the legislative director for the Women's Equity Action League, beginning in 1979.
Pat is a former junior high school social studies and physical education teacher. She has an AB in social sciences from the University of California Riverside and a MPA from the University of Colorado Boulder. She has been an activist on behalf of women's rights for 45 years and in DC for the last 38 years. In her role as a legislative strategist and coalition leader, she was a major force behind the 1994 passage of the Violence Against Women Act and its subsequent reauthorizations and led the effort to make the 1996 welfare bill less punitive to women. In her years as a professional lobbyist for women's rights in Washington, D.C. she has been instrumental in passing and protecting civil rights laws, especially Title IX. She led coalitions that passed pension reform, COBRA, improvements in childcare, and the law that protects women from abortion clinic violence (FACE).