Patricia Lock Dawson is an award-winning small business owner and community leader who has delivered real results for Riverside and our region.
As a community advocate and business owner, Patricia has proven to be a collaborative leader who brings public and private organizations together in addressing the needs and challenges facing our region.
In 2014, Patricia helped establish the Santa Ana River Conservancy program and brought $65 million in state bond and budget funding to build recreational opportunities and protect habitats on the River.
Patricia also secured $120 million in state and federal funding to protect our natural resources, open spaces, and parks.
During her service on the Riverside Unified School District Board, Patricia worked to:
- Partner with UC Riverside to build a state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) high school.
- Create the Pathways to College and Career Conference in partnership with local legislators and universities to help families navigate the college application process. Now in its 7th year, this conference has been replicated by three other Inland school districts. This year’s conference had 600 attendees.
- Increase graduation rates to 97%, the highest in Riverside County, and college going rates to over 50%.
- Close the achievement gap between students of color and others. College readiness for African American students rose by over 40%.
- Create new visual and performing arts program (VAPA) to lead city in its claim of being the “City of Arts and Innovation”. Invest over $8 million in arts programming and leverage these resources through the Riverside Arts Academy and Riverside Art Museum.
- Hire 27 mental health counselors at RUSD and establish a model mental health program, which has been recognized by CA School Boards Association.
Patricia has won numerous awards for her civic leadership and community service, including:
Distinguished Alumna of the Year, Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, Leadership Riverside 2018.
Woman of Achievement, California Assembly District 61, 2014.
Lady Bird Johnson Award for Environmental Stewardship, Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful, 2012.
Appointed Woman of the Year, California Women Lead, 2011.