Molly Washington is an attorney who focuses on equity and social justice, construction, and transactions and who formerly served as in-house counsel for the City of Portland. While working for the City, Molly advised the Mayor, City Commissioners, Bureau Directors, and Project Managers on equity and legal issues, providing advice on City policies, risk, procurement requirements, capital improvement projects, partnering opportunities, rules enforcement, litigation, and contract negotiations.
Molly focuses a portion of her time on equity analysis. She works with companies and government agencies to proactively address issues of equity and inclusion, allowing them to realize the full benefits of an organization in which everyone feels a sense of belonging and investment. Molly’s equity analysis helps to identify racial, gender, and other disparities that create obstacles for, devalue, interfere with, or harm marginalized communities and ways in which those disparities may be mitigated or eliminated.
Molly’s equity practice helps to build genuine trust between our clients and the communities they serve while furthering our clients’ own valuable diversity and inclusion efforts. This allows for connection and community building, alignment of equity statements with corporate practices, and the ability to attract and retain a workforce that reflects the valuing of diversity. In addition, the equity analysis helps to ensure that businesses are aligned with governmental efforts to ensure that contracting and purchasing reflect the diversity of the populations they serve.
- Former deputy attorney to the City of Portland Mayor, Commissioners, Bureau Directors, and Project Managers in equity, construction, procurement, and related areas.
- Participated as a City representative and on several City workgroups, including the Community Opportunities and Enhancement Program and the Community Equity and Inclusion Plan, the Regional Construction Careers Pathway Program (C2P2) and Multi-Jurisdiction Project Labor Agreement workgroup, the Portland Harbor workgroup, the Clean Air Construction workgroup, as well as advising on several other equity initiatives.
- Worked with Portland Parks & Recreation to create and evolve policies and practices, with an emphasis on partnering opportunities, capital improvement projects, leasing, property management, permitting, and rules enforcement.
- Counseled infrastructure Bureaus including the Portland Water Bureau, Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland Parks & Recreation, and the Office of Management and Finance on Public Contracting Code, Prevailing Wage, and all other aspects of capital improvement projects, including solicitations, contract negotiations, dispute resolution, claims handling, and litigation.
Memberships & Awards
- Daily Journal of Commerce, Women of Vision Award Recipient (2017)
- City of Portland, Wonder Woman Award Recipient (2016)
Resources & Ideas
- DJC OregonMay 19, 2017
- Business TribuneMay 3, 2017
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- National Association of Minority Contractors - OregonJuly 14, 2020
- Panel Speaker, Upcoming City ProjectsOregon Construction Law Annual CLE2018
- Organizer and PresenterWomen in Construction: A Conference to Educate and Empower2017
- Panel Speaker, Having It All?Women in the Law, Distinguished Speaker Program2016
- Daily Journal of Commerce OregonJuly 17, 2020
- Native American Youth and Family Center, Board Member (2019–present)
- Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., Board Member (2020–present)
- Oregon State Bar, Advisory Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, Board Member (2020–present)
- Oregon Hispanic Bar Association, Member (2019–present)
- Lewis and Clark Law School, Law Student Mentor Program Participant (2017–present)
- Oregon State Bar, Construction Law Section, Board Member (2017–present)
- CultureBound, Board Member (2015–2019)
- Lewis & Clark Law SchoolJuris Doctor degree (2008)
- University of Northern IowaBachelor of Arts degree (2003)
Oregon State Courts
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon