Immediate Past President

Councilmember M. Lorena González was elected to Seattle City Council in November 2015. Councilmember González is one of two at-large (citywide) representatives and the first Latina/o elected to serve the Seattle City Council.  She is a nationally-recognized civil rights leader and recently served as legal counsel to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.
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 and hour 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. In 2013, Seattle Magazine recognized her as one of Seattle’s Most Influential Persons.
Councilmember González serves on various local, regional and national non-profit boards, including the National Council of La Raza, Northwest Area Foundation and, until recently, the 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 grew up as a migrant farmworker in the lower Yakima Valley and is the daughter of immigrant parents from Michoacán, Mexico. She is the first and only attorney in her family.

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