Jeremy Pate of the Walton Family Foundation has been promoted from senior program officer to deputy director of its Home Region Program.
Pate joined the Walton Family Foundation in 2017, and over the past five years, has been instrumental in its efforts to improve the quality of life in Northwest Arkansas. His work with the foundation has ranged from urban planning to creating a sense of place in the state’s most rapidly growing region. He oversees the Design Excellence program to address potential planning challenges associated with the region’s rapid growth and to create welcoming public spaces.
As an avid bike rider, he has also been instrumental in developing Northwest Arkansas’ trail systems and the region’s bike-friendly culture. In his new role, Pate helps lead the implementation of the 2025 strategy and the foundation’s efforts to prioritize and support innovation, diversity and inclusion and community-led change.
Pate is also a trained landscape architect and worked for a planning firm in Colorado before returning to Northwest Arkansas in 2003. Before joining the foundation, he served as the senior development services director at the City of Fayetteville for eight years. There, he oversaw building safety, engineering, city planning and community services divisions and managed special capital investment projects for the administration.
He has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Arkansas.