LATINA Style is honored to have Councilmember M. Lorena González to deliver the keynote message during the awards luncheon.
As one of two at-large (citywide) representatives and the first Latina/o elected to serve the Seattle City Council, Councilmember M. Lorena González comes to us with a decade of experience as a civil rights attorney and community advocate. She is a nationally-recognized civil rights leader and recently served as legal counsel to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.
“For me, equity and affordability issues aren’t political—they’re personal, rooted in my journey from a migrant farmworker raised in a bilingual immigrant home to a civil rights attorney and activist.”
Before joining the Mayor’s Office, Councilmember González was a partner at Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, the region’s largest plaintiff’s law firm. Her practice focused on representing people who were victimized by those in authority positions. She primarily represented workers in wage theft and anti-discrimination cases as well as representing victims of police misconduct.
Councilmember González has been recognized locally and nationally for her work in and out of the courtroom, and has been awarded multiple recognitions.
Councilmember González has served on various local, regional and national non-profit boards, including OneAmerica, OneAmerica Votes, National Council of La Raza, Northwest Area Foundation and Washington State Association for Justice. She’s also a founding member of the National Advisory Committee for the Latino Victory Project – a national movement that builds power in the Latino community so that the faces and voices of Latinos are reflected at every level of government and in the policies that drive our country forward.
Councilmember González has also served as co-chair to Casa Latina’s Capital Campaign, helping that organization raise $4 million dollars to build a state of the art day laborer and worker education center in the Chinatown/International District.
Born and raised in Washington’s lower Yakima Valley to a Spanish-speaking migrant farmworker family, Councilmember González earned her first paycheck at the age of 8, alongside her parents and five siblings. She relied on scholarships and worked 3 jobs to attend community college and later Washington State University. She moved to Seattle in 2002 to attend Seattle University Law School, where she graduated with honors in 2005.
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