Meet the Director

Mariko Lockhart

Mariko Lockhart is the Director of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights. Mariko served as Interim Director for 16 months prior to confirmation by unanimous vote of the Seattle City Council in April 2019.

Previously, Mariko was the national coordinator of the Aspen Institute's Forum for Community Solutions' 100,000 Opportunities Initiative - Demonstration Cities. The Demonstration Cities of Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Phoenix and Seattle/King County work to prepare young people ages 16-24 who face systemic barriers to jobs and education for employment opportunities, with a focus on those provided by the 100,000 Opportunities InitiativeTM coalition of more than 50 U.S.-based companies.

From 2009 - 2016, Mariko served as Director of the City of Seattle's Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, a community-based, multi-sector, collaborative effort to reduce youth violence by providing a network of supportive services to approximately 1,500 youth in the most impacted neighborhoods. Before coming to Seattle, Mariko served as a President & State Director of Communities In Schools of New Jersey where she was responsible for the management and operations of the statewide dropout prevention organization. Mariko has in-depth experience working with diverse communities and co-chaired the citywide public planning effort to set education goals for Newark, NJ's successful application for federal designation as an Enterprise Community.

Mariko's career in community organizing began in Nicaragua where she lived and worked for five years in Bluefields developing community education materials and civic engagement and public health awareness campaigns. Then for two years in Managua, she co-directed the Centro de Communicación Internacional, producing and distributing white papers and briefing documents for Nicaraguan governmental departments, foreign press and international delegations.

Mariko graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and holds a Master's in Public Administration from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.