Fé LopezGaetke (she, her, ella) is the Deputy Director, formerly the Director of Engagement and Development, at Purpose. Dignity. Action. (PDA).
Fé previously worked at the Law School Admission Council as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Prior to joining LSAC, she was appointed Executive Director of the Seattle Community Police Commission (CPC) by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and was confirmed by the CPC and Seattle City Council in early 2014. At the CPC, she engaged with minoritized communities to help drive policy and practice changes to improve police impact on marginalized communities. Before that, she was Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund at Seattle University School of Law.
LopezGaetke is a past president of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW), where she also served as co-chair of the Judicial Evaluation Committee, chair of the Banquet Committee, and co-chair of the Community Outreach Committee. During her time with LBAW, she worked with minoritized communities on the MEDC Task Force on Police Accountability in Seattle and with the United for Fair Representation Coalition advocating for minority-majority congressional and legislative districts and the Washington State Voting Rights Act. She developed diversity initiatives with LBAW, other minority bar and community organizations, law students, and lawyers, including programs such as the Racial Justice Leadership Institute at Seattle University School of Law, Disability Rights: Ethics and Practical Skills, Dealing with Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courtroom, and Advocacy Skills for Protecting Civil Rights that specifically addressed police accountability issues.
She is also co-founder and past co-chair of the Judicial Institute, which encourages qualified diverse attorneys to seek judicial positions through a comprehensive education and mentorship program in order to promote court benches that reflect the richness and diversity of the communities and populations served by our judicial system throughout the state of Washington.
Fé is a current member of the American Bar Association’s Council for Diversity in the Educational Pipeline and a member of the Public Engagement and Education Committee of the Washington Court’s Board of Judicial Administration. She is also a past board member of Casa Latina and a past president and board member of OneAmerica and past co-chair of the Schroeter Goldmark Bender/LBAW Free Legal Clinic at El Centro de la Raza.
LopezGaetke is a 2006 graduate of Seattle University School of Law and has received the Seattle University Law Justicia Award, Seattle University Athletics Inaugural Women in Leadership Award, LBAW President’s Award, and the Washington State Bar Association’s Excellence in Diversity Award.
Most importantly, Fé is a passionate Chicana, mother, wife, sister, daughter, and friend who is in recovery and takes every day as it comes.