Patricia Lock Dawson is a Riverside native, small business owner and community leader who has served our city for over 20 years. She currently serves as a Trustee on the Riverside Unified School District Board of Education, having first been elected in 2011.
As a school board member, Patricia got results: she built partnerships with businesses and higher education to increase graduation rates and create job opportunities for students, while balancing the budget.
On the Riverside City Planning Commission, as Chairman in 2011-12 and commissioner for 4 years, she led consensus-building discussions on land use decisions that directly affected quality of life for Riverside residents. She supported development that was responsive to community needs and business challenges and provided opportunities for our city and our citizens.
Patricia has long been an active leader in the community. She is past chairman of the Rivers and Lands Conservancy and has served on the board of directors of many civic organizations, including the Riverside Art Museum, National Charity League Riverside Chapter and UCR Alumni Association. Patricia served as a gubernatorial appointee for eight years to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Patricia has advocated for and secured millions in state and federal funds to expand parks and recreational opportunities for Inland Southern Californians.
Patricia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of California, Riverside, and a Master of Science degree in wildlife from the University of Washington in Seattle. She and her husband, Scott, have three daughters Clara, Olivia, and Martha Rose.