Director of Education
US Public Sector Education
Renee Patton is the leader of US Public Sector Education at Cisco. In this role, she is responsible for Cisco’s go-to-market strategy for education and manages a team of education consultants who help customers realize their educational visions through the logical placement of technology within schools, colleges, and universities.
She has over 19 years of business, management, sales, and marketing experience in both small start-up and large corporate environments, including Siemens. She ran her own marketing consulting firm for over seven years prior to joining Cisco full time.
Prior to moving into US Public Sector, Renee served as Worldwide Industry Marketing Education Lead within Cisco’s Corporate Marketing Organization where she was responsible for developing Cisco’s education messaging platform and driving Cisco’s position in the education market. Prior to this role, she managed Cisco’s national E-rate Program and served as the lead for US Education Field Marketing.
While studying for her Master’s Degree in Education from Stanford, Renee began teaching high school English and French, coaching cross-country, and moderating the student yearbook and newspaper. She then spent four years on the Los Gatos-Saratoga JUHS Board of Trustees and was responsible for managing policy and a $20M district budget.
She brings a clear perspective to addressing business issues and an in-depth understanding of the K-12 and Higher Education markets. She is particularly interested in trends driving the massive shift in education delivery models, new educational approaches, and ways that technology can help to engage learners and prepare teachers. Renee is a Lions' Club Member and is on the board of the Los Gatos High School Alumni Association. She holds a BA degree in English from Santa Clara University and an MA in Education from Stanford University.