Patricia Lally, J.D.

Director, City of Seattle Office for Civil Rights.

Before her appointment, Director Lally served as a member of the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission, and worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. She also was an associate at the national law firm of Perkins Coie, where she participated in a number of complex civil litigation cases. She received her B.S. from California State University, Long Beach, and for over ten years, practiced as a Certified Public Accountant in California and Washington. In 1995, she entered the University of Washington School of Law, and earned her law degree in 1998. While in law school, she won a Perkins Coie Fellowship, earned a seat on the Moot Court Honor Board and won several Moot Court competitions.

Patricia was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and is the fourth child of Mexican-American parents who themselves never had the advantage of higher education. As the first generation to attend college, Patricia understands that education is the "great equalizer." Passionate about education, she is committed to programs and efforts designed to confront the Latino high school drop-out rate and to ensure that Latino youth receive the best educational opportunities.

In 2012, Patricia became an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law where she taught pre-trial advocacy. Patricia is a Past President of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington where she has served as a director from 2007 to 2011. A mentor to both Seattle University and the University of Washington law school students, in 2011, Patricia began her term as Director of the bar association's Scholarship Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising funds for law school students. In 2009, Patricia was appointed to the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission where she served until December 2010.

In 2011, Patricia was one of twenty-two Latinas from across the nation selected as a National Hispania Leadership Institute Fellow, a comprehensive program created to develop Latinas as ethical leaders through training, professional development, relationship building, and community activism. In July 2011, Patricia was elected to serve on the board of Consejo, a non-profit organization that provides behavioral health, substance abuse, and domestic violence services to individuals and families across Washington State.

In her spare time, Patricia enjoys photography, tennis and cooking for family and friends. A “weekend” runner, Patricia completed the 2010 New York City 26.2 Mile Marathon crossing five bridges and five boroughs. Patricia and her partner, Denise Perez, are blessed with a healthy and vibrant family spanning four generations.