Pat Barnes is the Global Social Responsibility Lead for Education in John Deere’s Corporate Social Responsibility and Foundation Group. In this role, Pat manages John Deere’s global youth education program, John Deere Inspire. Pat’s oversight includes Deere’s youth education strategy, investments, key partnerships, and volunteers with a focus on equity. The program has grown and today is supporting over 100,000 youth annually in 32 John Deere home communities in eight countries.
Throughout his career at John Deere, Pat has held technical positions and leadership roles in plant engineering, production engineering, quality assurance, product engineering, and Information Technology supporting John Deere’s operations worldwide.
Pat holds an Electrical Engineering Degree from Iowa State University and serves on various boards and committees. This includes: the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and Southeast Iowa STEM Advisory Boards since 2011, Director Emeritus of the Quad City Engineering and Science Council, and Vice Chair of the United Way Quad Cities Education Council.