Patricia Sully is the Policy and Legal Services Director at the Public Defender Association. She joined PDA in 2014, where she works on a number of public policy issues and most recently the campaign to bring Supervised Consumption Spaces to the Seattle/King County area. She also provides legal support to individuals engaged in direct action and coordinates VOCAL-WA. Prior to joining PDA, Patricia served as the Assistant Director of the Access to Justice Institute at Seattle University School of Law and co-taught Law and Social Movements as an adjunct professor.
Patricia has been an active advocate for social change for over a decade as an activist, organizer, and lawyer. She started her career as a as a community organizer in Grand Rapids, MI, where she worked for a free neighborhood health clinic and neighborhood association. She went on to serve in the Peace Corps from 2006-2008 working on local capacity building in the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission HIV/AIDS program in Botswana. As a law student, she worked as a judicial extern for the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and was an active member of Street Youth Legal Advocates Washington (SYLAW). Shortly after passing the New York Bar Exam in 2011, she moved into a tent with Occupy Seattle, where she helped coordinate the legal team. When she is not in the office, she can often be found protesting in the streets.
Patricia received her B.A. from Calvin College in 2004 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seattle University School of Law in 2011.