A lifelong Rhode Islander, Patricia A. Coyne-Fague graduated from Saint Mary’s Academy – Bay View, and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Rhode Island College, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. She went on to earn a law degree from the New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts.
She began her career in public service as prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the RI Department of the Attorney General. She served in the Juvenile Unit and then later in the Medicaid Unit, prosecuting cases involving abuse against two of the most vulnerable groups in our society: the elderly and those with developmental disabilities. She began her career at the RI Department of Corrections in January 2000 as a staff attorney, later rising to the position of Chief Legal Counsel.
In 2012 she was appointed Assistant Director for Administration, and in January 2018 Governor Gina Raimondo named her Acting Director upon the retirement of Director A.T. Wall. She was officially confirmed as Director in February 2019.