Lorena González has made a career of public service and the fight for economic and social justice. When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit Seattle, Lorena cut her maternity leave short to get back to work for the people of Seattle.
She was born and raised in a migrant farm-working family in central Washington that never knew what the next day or following season might bring. Lorena earned her first paycheck at the age of eight as a migrant farmworker in the fields of Central Washington. As a child, Seattle was a faraway dream, one she aspired to be part of as she grew up.
As a teenager, a farmworker at the labor camp Lorena lived in was beaten so badly by an orchard owner that she vowed, if she ever got off the farms, she’d find a way to fight for justice for everyone. Lorena worked her way through community college, earned a business degree at WSU, then earned her Juris Doctorate, with honors, from Seattle University School of Law; making her the first and only attorney in her immediate and extended family. She went to work as a civil rights attorney, fighting for the rights of workers, victims of wage theft and employment discrimination, and victims of police misconduct and sexual abuse.
She stepped up to serve her city six years ago as the first Latinx ever elected to the City Council because she saw the challenges facing Seattle and knew she could help address them – homelessness, police brutality, economic stratification, politicians fighting each other instead of solving problems. And, in 2020, Lorena’s colleagues elected her to lead the Council as their Council President.