Patricia Lock-Dawson, a Riverside Native, was elected to the Board of Education in 2001. She has a long history of involvement in Riverside’s schools as an active parent of three daughters who are enrolled in the high school, middle school, and elementary school levels. Patricia owns her own governmental affairs consulting firm, PLD Consulting.
Patricia received her Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California, Riverside and her Master of Science degree in wildlife from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her efforts through her own consulting firm created the Santa Ana River Trail and Parkway Partnership, bringing together decision makers from Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties focused on completing a 100-mile recreational trail stretching from the mountains to the Pacific.
As a committed community member, Patricia is President of the Riverside Land Conservancy, gubernatorial appointee to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Board member of the National Charity League-Riverside Chapter, past Chair of the Riverside City Planning Commission, and a past President of the Inland Chapter of California Women Lead as well. Patricia also served on the Board of Directors of the California Water Education Foundation and the California Riverside Ballet. Additionally, Patricia was a former appointee to the RUSD Budget Advisory Committee and a former member of the Citizens Oversight Committee for Measure.
In terms of her main interests in giving back to the community, she quotes, “I am passionate about the power of education to transform the lives of individuals and their communities which is why I ran for the Board of Education. I am also very concerned about the quality of life in Riverside and our region, which is why I serve on the Riverside Land Conservancy board of directors. I want to make sure our children and our children’s children know the beauty of the world we enjoy today.”
Through her community involvement, Patricia has earned recognition as the “Woman of Achievement” form the California Assembly District 61 (2014), the “Lady Bird Johnson Award for Environmental Stewardship” from Riverside Clean and Beautiful (2012), and “Woman of the Year” from California Women Lead (2011).
Patricia’s favorite community projects include: Pathways to Higher Education Conference that RUSD holds in partnership with Senator Roth and UCR/CSUSB/RCCD annually, the Santa Ana River Trust, the Western Municipal Water District’s Earthlight in the Garden, Riverside Art Museum’s Annual Middle School Art Show and Press-Enterprise Annual High School Art Show, and the UCR Botanic Gardens’ Annual Primavera in the Garden.