Dainen Penta '97
Lawyer serves the vulnerable
Around the time Dainen Penta '97 turned 40, the Seattle lawyer underwent an existential crisis of sorts. "My priorities began to change," he says. "I really felt pulled to the nonprofit sector. I enjoyed helping people on an individual basis, and that was something I missed."
Penta, who practiced consumer bankruptcy and real estate law for 15 years, is now the executive director of Spokane's Center for Justice, which provides free legal services and advocates for a just community. As director, Penta leads a variety of areas, but above all, he says, "We're always trying to achieve our mission to make a better Spokane, a better world."