Public Relations Officer

Cmdr. Patrick Evans currently serves on the staff of the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 1990.

Operationally, Evans served as Public Affairs Officer (PAO) at Carrier Strike Group Four from August 2014 to May 2016. In addition, he was PAO aboard the aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) from August 2012 to August 2014. Prior to reporting to THEODORE ROOSEVELT, he was one of four Navy Public Affairs Officers hand-picked by the Chief of Navy Information (CHINFO) to attend San Diego State University (SDSU), where he completed the school’s ten-month intensive graduate program for military public affairs officers, receiving a master’s degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies.
While attending SDSU, Evans successfully completed the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), reflecting mastery of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in the increasingly complex profession of public relations.

Prior to attending post-graduate school, Evans was the Public Affairs Officer for Submarine Group Two in Groton, Conn.,
from December 2008 through June 2011, where he was responsible for public affairs for nearly 30 fast attack submarines
on the East Coast.

Before his assignment at Submarine Group Two, Evans was a drilling reservist. He was commissioned in 2001 through
the Navy Reserve Direct Commission Officer program. His Reserve assignments included a one year Individual
Augmentee deployment to Baghdad, Iraq from September 2007 to October 2008, where he served on the Press Desk in
the Media Operations Center. After returning from Iraq, Evans received an indefinite recall to active duty.

Before becoming a full-time, active duty Naval officer, Evans enjoyed a civilian career in broadcast journalism and public
relations. As a broadcaster, Evans held positions in New Orleans as an Anchor/Reporter for Fox 8 News, Clear Channel
Radio, Citadel Broadcasting and WWL TV. In 2005, he covered and lived through Hurricane Katrina.

As a public relations practitioner, Evans held positions as Director of Communications for the City of New Orleans under
Mayor C. Ray Nagin and as Public Relations Manager for the former Jazzland Theme Park.

In the community, Evans served as a board member of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Public Relations Society of
America (PRSA) and the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) Tidewater Chapter.

Evans is a native of Harrisburg, PA, but he now calls New Orleans home.