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Patrick Montesano, MA

Director, United States Programs

Areas of expertise

  • U.S. education
  • Middle grades
  • High school
  • College and career readiness
  • Teacher education and professional development
  • Youth development and engagement
  • Educational equity

Patrick Montesano is the director of FHI 360’s United States Programs, which promote equity and excellence in education, workforce development, health and safety. He has more than 30 years of experience developing programs, studies and partnerships that benefit vulnerable children, youth and adults, particularly in poor, underserved urban and rural communities.

Montesano has led initiatives that promote school-community collaboration, middle-grades and high school reform, postsecondary access and success, and youth development. He founded and directed the Middle Start National Center, which promoted the reform of middle-grades education in schools, networks and districts through regional partnerships serving more than 250 schools in 10 states.

Previously, Montesano managed educational research and development at the New York Urban Coalition. He was also a developer of and teacher in an alternative middle school on New York City’s Lower East Side, which has since become a nationally replicated model of middle-grades education. 

He holds a master’s degree in curriculum and teaching and in anthropology and education from Teachers College-Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy from Fordham University.