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Michelle Gonzalez

Marie Gonzalez
Michelle Gonzalez is the newly appointed director of the Washington State Women’s Commission. Michelle recently served as a special adviser to Governor Inslee, where she assisted in improving policies and practices related to immigrant communities. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, Michelle was a senior lecturer at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and taught Negotiation and Mediation and Policy Implementation and the Law. In addition, she was an assistant dean at UW’s School of Law. She previously practiced law for Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She clerked for a federal magistrate judge in Seattle.
Michelle’s volunteer work includes serving on the board of Heritage University. She has served as board president of the Northwest Justice Project, the largest state-wide non-profit, legal services organization in Washington. She also served on the legal committee for the Northwest Women’s Law Center (Legal Voice) and on the judicial evaluation committee for the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington. She regularly speaks on the importance of diversity and inclusion, and enjoys mentoring the next generation of leaders.
Michelle has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies at Occidental College. She lives in Olympia with her spouse and two children.

Women's Commission Staff
Executive Assistant
Marie Vela
360.902.8015
Marie.Vela@wswc.wa.gov