Lorain native Cameron Fitzpatrick is Facebook’s new head of Change Management.
“I always wanted to get into Facebook; this is my dream job,” Fitzpatrick said. “It’s taken a few years.
“This is not the first job that I’ve tried to get with Facebook. I just focused on becoming the person, professional and human being I needed to be, and this particular job was actually presented to me.”
After graduating from Lorain Admiral King in 2004, he attended Heidelberg University where he played football and received his bachelor’s degree in communication studies in 2009.
His career began with Boeing as an entry-level procurement agent and he most recently worked for Liberty Mutual as the senior program manager for contingent labor.
Fitzpatrick, 36, transitioned to Facebook in June 2021 and will relocate with the company to Austin, Texas, in August.
Currently based in Dallas, he oversees communication and change management strategies that impact Facebook suppliers or contractors.
Fitzpatrick said he is grateful for this opportunity, but the journey hasn’t always been easy and gives credit to his mother, Sharon Fitzpatrick, who still lives in Lorain.
“My journey was a little bit unorthodox,” he said. “It was a journey of overcoming challenges and people telling me I wasn’t college material.
“Because of that, it was very discouraging at certain points in my journey. But I would say my mother always pushed me to pursue my dreams.”
After relocating to Texas on a whim, Fitzpatrick said he overcame homelessness in his pursuit of reaching his potential.
He said he believes growing up in Lorain and experiencing poverty firsthand has given him an advantage his peers do not have.
“I come from a place that allows me the opportunity to grow up hungry,” Fitzpatrick said. “It allows me to understand how to roll up my sleeves and get dirty, because every day is not going to be pretty.”
Fitzpatrick said he encourages people to rethink the term “product of your environment” and find Lorain pride.
“It is my very environment which is my greatest benefit,” he said. “That is our greatest strength, that we can take the struggles we grew up around and outwork, out-hustle anyone.”
He said he would like to inspire people to have courage and keep moving forward, no matter the obstacles.
“When you get around other people that may not have grown up like you, there’s this realization that you have an upbringing that produced fortitude,” Fitzpatrick said. “Lorain is a beautiful place in terms of teaching that there is no giving up and embracing the grind.”