Patricia’s Track Record Speaks Loud & Clear: She Can Do It!

A natural leader and coalition builder with broad experience and expertise at all levels of government. People are eager to work with and for her as they know she’ll get it done.

$185 million

Patricia delivers. For decades she has fought for and secured Riverside's fair share of state and federal dollars.

Business Leadership

Elected Chairperson of Riverside City Planning Commission, supporting development and preserving Riverside's character

17 years growing an independent small business, helping organizations navigate complex environmental challenges

Honored with Art Pick Distinguished Leadership Award by Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce

Partnered with Governor’s office to increase inland southern California representation on state boards and commissions

Parks & Open Spaces

Led a three county, 17 city coalition to build the Santa Ana River Trail, connecting Riverside and San Bernardino counties for the first time in history

Secured $65 million in state funding for the Santa Ana River Trail

Led non-profit Rivers and Lands Conservancy to grow $6 million endowment

Expanded recreational opportunities at Hidden Valley Wildlife Area, connecting 4 miles of trail from Tyler to La Sierra Avenues

Education

Prioritized resources and programs to increase RUSD graduation rate from 81% to 97%, the highest in Riverside County

Championed Heritage Program which increased college readiness of African American students by over 50%

Expanded Career Technical Education options from three to over 40 pathways

Prioritized child safety by funding 39 mental health counselors, creating a model program for the state

Expanded dual enrollment options and partnered with Riverside City College to offer college courses to high school students

She can do it!
1965
Born to a nurse and Korean War veteran and raised in the Greenbelt.
1983
Graduated from Notre Dame High School
1987
Graduated from UC Riverside with a degree in Biology
1988
Parks Ranger
Bryce Canyon and Mt. Rainier National Parks
1992
Obtained a Masters in Science Degree in Forestry & Watershed Management
1994
Served as a Wildlife Biologist with the US Bureau of Land Management
1998
Joined the Board of Directors for the Rivers and Lands Conservancy
Connecting our community to natural, wild, and open spaces
2003
Founded PLD Consulting
Providing governmental affairs services to governmental agencies and non-profits specializing in water, parks, and environment.
2006
Negotiated 3-county, 17-city MOU to complete the Santa Ana River Trail and Parkway
2009
Joined CA Women Lead
A nonpartisan organization that provides women training and support needed to succeed in the political arena.
2009
Joined the Raincross Group
An organization focused on recruiting, developing, and supporting good governance in Riverside.
2009
Active Member of the National Charity League
A non-profit organization designed to encourage community service.
2010
Appointed by both Governor Schwarzenegger and Governor Brown to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences
Developing extensive expertise in mental health. Served as Vice-Chair.
2011
Elected as a Trustee to the Riverside Unified Board of Education
Gaining extensive expertise in K-12 Education. Only parent with kids enrolled in district serving on the Board.
2011
Served as Chairman of the Riverside Planning Commission
Proficient in development, and regulatory processes. Approved preservation of the La Sierra Senior Center & Arlanza Library.
2011
Awarded Woman of the Year by CA Women Lead
2012
Award for Environmental Stewardship, Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce
2012
Prioritized funding for the Heritage Program
Resulting in higher graduation rates for African American students in the Riverside Unified School District.
2014
Woman of Achievement Award, California State Assembly
2014
Board of Directors for the UCR Alumni Assoication
Working to ensure graduates have local career opportunities, plant roots in Riverside, and share their talents with the community.
2015
Reelected to the RUSD Board
Increased graduation rates by 17%, delivered a balanced budget, doubled dual language immersion programs and increased trades programs fourteen fold.
2016
Senior Field Representative in the State Assembly
Gaining insight into state level policy making and developing valuable relationships.
2018
Prioritized Visual and Performing Arts funding at RUSD
Secured $8 million to further arts opportunities for students with district-wide, cutting edge programming, a state recognized model.
2018
Art Pick Distinguished Leader Award from the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce
2019
President of the Raincross Group
Focused on recruiting, developing, and supporting good governance in Riverside.
2020
Elected Mayor of Riverside
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