Patricia Rojas-Ungar, a long-time government affairs executive and devoted wife and mother, passed away in Washington, DC, on August 26, 2021. She was 47 years old.
Alma Patricia Rojas-Ungar was born December 2, 1973, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, to Elvira Guerra and Jaime Rojas. Patricia earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996 and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Houston in 2001.
Early in her career, Patricia worked helping children in Brazil, then continued on in Houston working with inner-city youth at I Have a Dream-Houston as a project coordinator. Her interest and passion for the public sector led her to work in both the United States Congress and Senate, followed by a successful career spanning 20 years in lobbying and government affairs where she advocated on behalf of issues close to her heart. She held senior roles in The U.S. Travel Association and the Outdoor Industry Association and most recently was a vice president at Strategic Marketing Innovations, Inc.
Patricia’s efforts earned her recognition as a top lobbyist from The Hill, Washingtonian Magazine, CEO Update and Association Trends. In 2011, she was named by the Washingtonian as one of DC’s Top 40 Under 40.
Patricia loved dancing, music, fashion, food, culture, and interior design. In too short a life, she left an indelible legacy. She brought a fierce dedication and creativity to all she touched, while at the same time raising spirits every day with her kindness, warmth and humor.
Her greatest accomplishment and joy was raising her two beautiful children. She is survived by her husband Michael and their children: daughter Vivienne and son Noah, of Washington, DC. In addition to her parents, she is also survived by her step-father Jorge; brothers Jaime and Hugo; sister-in-law Ann; niece Brianna and nephew Julian; as well as her parents-in-law Jutka and Tamás Ungár; her brother-in-law Peter and sister in-law Ginhee and their children: Sebestien, Matteus, June Ungár and Javin Vincelette.
There will be a visitation at 12:00 p.m. followed by a funeral services at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, September 2, 2021, at Pumphrey Funeral Home in Bethesda, MD. Due to Covid regulations masks are required and vaccinations for those over 12 are strongly recommended. Zoom viewing for those who are unable to make it. https://bryter.zoom.us/j/3556955097