Patricia Syvrud is the Program Manager for Minerals, Materials and Society, a University of Delaware (UD) education, research and training program. She was the first Executive Director of the World Diamond Council, an international non-profit organization that represents the diamond pipeline at the UN-mandated Kimberley Process forum, the regulatory body charged with global tracking of rough diamonds from mine to manufacture. A GIA graduate gemologist (G.G.) with an MBA from the University of Southern California, she is passionate about the responsible sourcing of fine gems and minerals and supply chain transparency, and is currently overseeing the creation of the Jewelry Development Impact index (JDI), a technical evaluative research project of the Minerals, Materials and Society program.
Syvrud is a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Kimberley Process Authority, the Governance Committee of the Public Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade and sits on the standards committee for the development of an SCS Global Certification Standard for Sustainably Produced Diamonds.
Her career highlights include cataloging the entire National Gem Collection at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, developing a world-class museum collection for the Gemological Institute of America and working as a pro bono jewelry industry consultant to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to assist with Albright's pin exhibition and book, “Read My Pins, Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box”.
A frequent public and industry speaker, Syvrud has been a featured speaker at the following events: OECD 2019 Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, Paris, France; Metropolitan Museum of Art MetFridays, New York; World Bank Global Conference on Oil, Gas and Mining, Washington, D.C.; AGTA GemFair, Tucson; American Gem Society Guild meetings; Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference; GIA Alumni Association meetings; Inhorgenta Show, Munich, Germany; International Diamond Week, Israel; JA NY Show; and the Jewelry Industry Summit, among other trade and public events.