Lorena Gonzalez

Lorena González will be the community partner speaker for this event. Lorena is a nationally recognized attorney, civil rights leader, and is the President Emeritus of OneAmerica, the State’s largest immigrant and civil rights organization, based in Seattle. Recently she served as a senior advisor / legal counsel to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and in 2007 served on the Seattle Police Accountability Review Panel. Lorena also previously served on the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission.

Lorena is the daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico. She is a native Washingtonian who grew up in Washington’s Lower Yakima Valley, where she and her family worked as migrant farm workers. She is one of 6 children raised in a Spanish-speaking household and earned her first paycheck when she was 8 years old.

Lorena worked and relied on scholarships and need-based grants, including Pell grants and work study, to attend Yakima Valley Community College and Washington State University before moving to Seattle in 2002 to attend law school.

Lorena is a Past President of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington’s (LBAW) Board of Directors and was a member of that board from 2003–2008. In 2009, the Hispanic National Bar Association recognized her as one of seven Top Lawyers Under 40 in the country. Washington Law & Politics has recognized Lorena as a Rising Star in Employment Law from 2010-2014.

In recognition of her exceptional leadership and devoted service to civil rights law, the WSBA’s Civil Rights Section awarded Lorena with its Distinguished Service Award in 2010. She was also the 2011 recipient of Seattle University’s School of Law Alumni Service Award and in 2012, Lorena was honored by the Thomas C. Wales Foundation at their Night Among Heroes for her extraordinary work in the courtroom and community.

Lorena currently lives in West Seattle where she enjoys our city with her friends, family and dog Hugo.