Patricia M. Villasenor grew up in Southern California, and was previously the Executive Director of the Human Relations Commission for the City of Los Angeles. She later became the Director of the Commissions and Community Engagement Division for the City of Los Angeles. At the Human Relations Commission, her work included the creation of the Office of Immigrant Affairs, Transgender Advisory Board, Anti-Bullying Coalition, Youth Ambassadors Program and embRaceLA. Patty also produced the “We Are LA!” television segments, where she received the Spirit of LA Award from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She has served on numerous panels as a subject matter expert on diversity and inclusion, immigration, and conflict management. Additionally, she was responsible for developing multiple workshops and trainings on cultural competency, civic engagement, and police-community relations.
At the Commissions and Community Engagement Division, Patty oversaw and directed the various initiatives of the Commission on the Status of Women, Affordable Housing Commission, Communities and Family Services, and the Community Action Board. The charge of each commission was to serve as advocates on behalf of the most marginalized communities throughout the Los Angeles region. Some of these initiatives included The Report on the Status of Women and Girls, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and the Pioneer Women’s Award.
Patty graduated with honors and Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California, where she studied Cultural Anthropology and Environmental Studies.