Jonathan Patterson is the National Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Human Resources at Compassion & Choices. He previously served as the Staff Attorney, where he provided consultation for a wide variety of legal matters, including the issues of unwanted medical treatment, medical aid in dying, and end-of-life decision making. He is a frequent national speaker on available end-of-life options and empowering consumers to make healthcare decisions in line with their values.
A Wichita, Kansas, native, Jonathan completed his undergraduate studies in Political Science and Psychology at Hawaiʻi Pacific University in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, where he worked as an educator and youth and developmental disability counselor before moving to the Pacific Northwest to attend the University of Oregon School of Law.
Jonathan currently serves as the inaugural chair of the National Bar Association LGBTQ Division, the first membership body for African-American LGBTQ legal professionals. Jonathan also serves on the Victory Fund Campaign Board, working to support opportunities for LGBTQ political candidates. He is very active in the Oregon legal community, having served as Chair of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and Chair of the Oregon State Bar Diversity Section. He was named a 2019 Queer Hero of the Northwest. He also received the 2018 President’s Diversity & Inclusion Award from the Oregon State Bar, the 2018 Minoru Yasui Justice Award from the University of Oregon School of Law, and the 2015 Oregon New Lawyers Division Advancing Diversity Award.