Patrick A. Lespinasse currently serves as Director of Government & External Affairs at Verizon, responsible for strategic advocacy on a broad range of public policy issues. Prior to joining Verizon, Lespinasse worked for the New York State Assembly, followed by a brief stint in the Office of the New York State Comptroller. Lespinasse received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from St. John’s University and earned a Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University Law School.