First Lady Mona Locke is known for her dedication to her family and as a dynamic champion of issues related to children and families, with a special emphasis on early learning. She became Washington’s 20th First Lady on January 15, 1997.
Mrs. Locke travels the state talking to parents and caregivers about issues related to caring for babies and toddlers. She also helped launch a multimillion-dollar public awareness campaign about the importance of a child’s development during the first years of life.
Mrs. Locke co-chaired the Governor’s Commission on Early Learning with Melinda Gates and is founder of the Foundation for Early Learning, a non-profit organization working to ensure that every child enters school prepared to succeed. As chair of the foundation’s board of directors, Mrs. Locke actively promotes the expansion of parental educational opportunities and works to raise the quality of childcare statewide.
Mrs. Locke serves as honorary chair of Washington’s SAFE KIDS Coalition; Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies; and the Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia. She is an advisory board member of Mothers Against Violence in America and honorary national board member of LISC/KICK, an organization designed to increase the quality of childcare centers across the country.