Junior Achievement of Wisconsin recognized Patricia Contreras, vice president of public affairs at Rockwell Automation, with the Peak Performer Award for her work with Milwaukee area businesses, community partners, and global governments to influence public policy and improve the quality of life in communities where Rockwell Automation has a presence. The award was presented at the 31st annual Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame™ on Wednesday, June 23 in Milwaukee.
Patricia grew up in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood, living just six blocks west of what was then known as the Allen-Bradley Company. After graduating from Milwaukee Trade & Technical High School, she attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, earning a bachelor’s degree in Finance in 2000.
Her 20 years of community relations experience includes positions with the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club and Kohl’s. Today, Patricia leads community relations and contributions, external communications, and government affairs at Rockwell. She also serves as secretary of the Rockwell Automation Charitable Corporation, a philanthropic organization that is charged with determining the best use of the company’s capabilities and resources to expand human possibility around the world.
Under Patricia’s leadership, Rockwell has become one of the largest suppliers of volunteers for Junior Achievement programs. Since the fall of 2016, over 300 Rockwell Automation volunteers have delivered 86,604,637 contact hours of volunteer time to bring Junior Achievement programs to more than 11,000 Milwaukee area students. Learn more about Junior Achievement of Wisconsin by clicking here.