Riverside’s Mayor Lock Dawson Makes it to Vice-Chair of the National League of Cities

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


Dec 30, 2022


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  • The 2023 Community and Economic Development Committee of the National League of Cities has appointed Riverside Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson as vice-chairperson.
  • The National League of Cities (NLC) represents several American cities.
  • Mayor Patricia will specifically represent Riverside in national debates on housing, community, and economic growth, among other topics.

Patricia Lock Dawson, Makes it to Vice-Chair!

Following nine years on the Riverside Unified School District Board of Trustees, Patricia Lock Dawson was chosen as Riverside’s 18th mayor in November 2020. She is only the second woman to be elected Mayor in Riverside’s 150-year history and the first University of California, Riverside alumna to hold the office. Now she has been appointed as the vice-chairperson for the year 2023.


Owner of a Small Business

Mayor Lock Dawson is the Principal and Owner of PLD Consulting, a small business that assists businesses with land use, municipal relations, and strategic planning. 

Mayor Lock Dawson is a native of Riverside. She was crucial in passing legislation that secured tens of millions of dollars in state and federal funding for local infrastructure, habitat, and conservation projects. She has held numerous local and state positions and served in the government at every level.

Played a Leading Role in Santa Ana River Cause

Dawson has fought for the Santa Ana River since the 1990s. She served as the leader of the Santa Ana River Partnership, a regional alliance comprising three counties, twenty-four cities, and numerous nonprofit organizations in Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties. 

She founded the Santa Ana River Trust, a nonprofit community involvement program. Later in 2014, she helped draft legislation to establish the Santa Ana River Conservancy, adding to her commitment to Riverside’s natural landscape.

More on Working Background

Most of Mayor Lock Dawson’s career has been devoted to serving the public and enhancing the lives of her fellow citizens. Mayor Lock Dawson served as a trustee for the Riverside Unified School District from 2011 to 2020.

As a dedicated member of the community, Mayor Lock Dawson has held positions such as chair of the city’s planning commission, president of the Inland chapter of California Women Lead, and member of the boards of the National Charity League, Riverside Art Museum, California Water Education Foundation, and the University of California, Riverside Alumni Board of Directors, among others.

Awards and Accreditation

Mayor Lock Dawson, who has received numerous awards for her work, was named the Leadership Riverside Distinguished Alumni of the Year by The Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce. 

She was recognized as a 61st District Woman of Distinction by assembly member Jose Medina, received the Lady Bird Johnson Award from Keep Riverside Beautiful, and was awarded Appointee of the Year by California Women Lead.

She also possesses a Bachelor of Science degree.

Responsibilities as the Mayor of the County

The Mayor’s Office is committed to fulfilling the community’s needs and upholding its values by acting with honesty, fairness, professionalism, and confidence in carrying out the Mayor’s priorities and referring residents to city services. They try to advance Riverside’s prosperity in everything they do while fostering the idea that the city’s best days are still to come.

In Riverside, Mayor Lock Dawson plays a unique role. This responsibility is described in three ways in the City Charter:

  • City of Riverside’s current projects, objectives, and priorities
  • Explaining programs and policies to the public.
  • Advising the City Council on all things about public relations and policy.

Wrap Up!

Patricia Lock Dawson, the Mayor of Riverside, has been named vice chair of the National League of Cities’ 2023 Community and Economic Development Committee. She is the first alumnus of the University of California, Riverside, to hold the position and just the second woman to be elected Mayor in Riverside’s 150-year history. 


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