Patricia O’Caña-Olivarez is the eldest of four children born to young migrant workers, Guadalupe and Jorge O’Caña, Sr. of Mission, Texas. She graduated in the Top 5% of her class, with honors, from Mission High School. During high school, she was active in many organizations and served in leadership roles such as Junior Class President, Student Council President, and first chair clarinet leader for the Mission Eagle Band. After high school, she received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from The University of Texas Pan American. In August 1999, she went on to St. Mary’s University School of Law where she received her Juris Doctor. She credits her 3rd grade teacher, Mr. Bob Weeces, for encouraging her to become an attorney. O’Caña-Olivarez was admitted to the Texas Bar in November 2002.
After being admitted to the Texas Bar, she went on to work as an associate attorney with the Law Office of Tom Wilkins, where she had formerly been a receptionist and legal secretary while attending college. Shortly after leaving the Law Office of Tom Wilkins, Judge O’Caña-Olivarez worked as an associate attorney for Judge Fernando Mancias at the Law Office of Fernando G. Mancias, PLLC. In May 2005, she opened the Law Office of Patricia Y. O’Caña-Olivarez where she practices in different areas of law and serves as a mediator for family and civil cases. She is also qualified as a Parent Coordinator and Parent Facilitator.
In May 2008, Judge O’Caña-Olivarez was elected to the Mission Consolidated Independent School Board where she currently serves as President. She is also an Alternate Municipal Court Judge in Alton, Texas. In 2015, Judge O’Caña-Olivarez was awarded the Texas Classroom Teacher’s Association School Board Member of the Year Award for the State of Texas. She is a founding member of the Education Foundation Board of Mission CISD, a member of the Mission Sunset Lions Club, and a Centennial Charter Member of the Lions Club International. In October 2017, she was elected as a Texas Association of School Boards Board of Director for Region 1, Position A. She has been married to Hector Olivarez for over 20 years and they have one beautiful daughter, Victoria Sarai Olivarez, who is 10 years old and a 5th grader at Mims Elementary where she also serves as Mayor of her school. Judge O’Caña-Olivarez also volunteers at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, is a Eucharistic minister, and volunteers pro-bono project hours for both her church and office.