Committed to the Cause
Patricia Lock-Dawson, a Riverside Native, was elected to the Board of Education in 2011 and is now serving her second term. She has a long history of involvement in Riverside’s schools as an active parent of three daughters. Patricia owns her own governmental affairs consulting firm, PLD Consulting. Patricia received her Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California, Riverside and her Master of Science degree in wildlife from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her efforts through her own consulting firm created the Santa Ana River Trail and Parkway Partnership, bringing together decision makers from Orange, Riverside, an San Bernardino counties focused on completing a 100-mile recreational trail stretching from the mountains to the Pacific.
As a committed community member, Patricia is President of the Riverside Land Conservancy, gubernatorial appointee to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Board member of the National Charity League-Riverside chapter, past Chair of the Riverside City Planning Commission, and a past President of the Inland Chapter of California Women Lead as well. Patricia also served on the Board of Directors of the California Water Education Foundation and the California Riverside Ballet. Additionally, Patricia was a former appointee to the RUSD Budget Advisory Committee and a former member of the Citizens Oversight Committee for Measure.
Through her community involvement, Patricia has earned recognition as the “Woman of Achievement” from the California Assembly District 61 (2014), the “Lady Bird Johnson Award for Environmental Stewardship” from Riverside Clean and Beautiful (2012), and “Woman of the Year” from California Women Lead (2011).