J. Patrick Cave is the managing partner of The Cypress Group. In an independent study in business school, Pat developed a view that the corporate strategy consulting firms did a poor job of measuring legislative and regulatory risk, and that the “Influence Industry,” namely lobbying and public relations firms, lacked the formal business training to advise their clients well. The Cypress Group grew from that view, and today, is a strategic advisory firm that advises clients on public policy risk and opportunity.
Previously, Pat served as an Assistant Secretary (Acting) at the U.S. Treasury Department. At Treasury, Pat oversaw the Office of Financial Institutions Policy, which develops the Department’s polices affecting commercial banks, investment banks, mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity funds, GSEs, CDFIs, insurance and reinsurance companies, and pension funds. Prior to his time at Treasury, Pat spent seven years working for former Chairman Richard H. Baker, of the House Financial Services Committee’s Capital Markets’ Subcommittee, as his senior advisor.
Pat, who hails from the state of Louisiana, holds an MBA degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a BA from the University of Virginia and also studied urban design at Columbia University. He is a passionate advocate for New Urbanism, and has developed neighborhoods, and housing for over 460 Louisiana families, in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Pat is married to Annah Cave and a proud father of three fun-loving children, Frances (15), Louisa (13), and Walker (12).
MBA, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
BA, The University of Virginia
Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Urban Design