Meet the Commissioners
NaaSira Adeeba is a native form the great midwestern state of Ohio. NaaSira has resided in Seattle, Washington since July of 1979. As an active community member and parent, NaaSira has contributed time, leadership abilities and talents in the arts of social work. From:1981-1987 as an LRC peer counselor, an organizor and facilitator for the Women Of Color support group, as well as being an employer for Rainier National Bank.
Additionally in the areas of Social Work, and, graduate Of Seattle Antioch University, NaaSira has worked with various Seattle nonprofit agencies as a counselor, counselling the homeless, abused youth, mothers, and women leaving abusive partner/relationships.
As an original and active member of the 1993 organization, Sistah 2 Sistah, a coalition of POCAAN, NaaSira has served S2S as Co-Chair:1997-2004, and currently enjoys performing and playing the Djemba, with the group, Sista Drums.
Luzviminda Uzuri Carpenter (pronounced Loose-b-min-dah ooh-zir-e car-pen-ter) aka Lulu, works for Historic Seattle as Caretaker and Consultant on the Oral History Project at Washington Hall. Recently, she founded Uzuri Consulting & Productions and a collective called Green Bodies with other fierce womyn & queer people of color and KnowMades (a youth solidarity organization). She serves on three advisory boards, Zenyu Healing Center, Women Who Rock Community, and Allyship and joins the LGBT Commission by Mayor's Office appointment. Lulu has worked with Hidmo, Ladies First Collective Organizing Committee (an anti-rape arts collective), and Pinay sa Seattle-GABRIELA. Carpenter has also worked in the fields of intimate partner violence & sexual violence with the Asian Pacific Islander Women and Family Safety Center, Communities Against Rape and Abuse (CARA) and recently through YouthCare Orion Center. She has honed her passion and skills for youth advocacy and mentorship for the past 8 years at YouthCare, Franklin High School Political Science & Public Service Academy, the Service Board, Seattle Young People’s Project, and Seattle YouthSpeaks. Lulu has become known for building bridging and connecting her multiple identities, communities, and experiences to integrate community engagement, intersectionality, music, poetry, promotion, community outreach, art, culture shifting, HipHop, Storytelling, Space crafting, and transformative justice.
David W. Howenstine is a lawyer in private practice with the local law firm of Mills Meyers Swartling. As a Seattle native, David grew up in the Roosevelt neighborhood with extended family throughout the greater Seattle area. David graduated from Reed College with a B.A. in English and graduated from the University of Washington School of Law with high honors. During law school, David became increasingly engaged in LGBT civil rights issues: he was elected president of the LGBT student group, Outlaws; worked as an extern for Lambda Legal, contributing to high-profile LGBT impact litigation involving employment and medical discrimination, marriage equality, and harassment of youths and transgendered people; and published a law review article on equal protection principles. After law school, David served for three years as a law clerk for federal judges at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles and the U.S. District Court in Seattle before joining private practice. In his free time, David enjoys novels, trivia nights, exploring local coffee shops and farmers' markets, and spending time with family and friends.
Joey Hunziker moved to Seattle to study public policy and nonprofit management at the Evans School of Public Affairs at UW. Originally from New York, Joey was an arts educator and arts administrator, working to build capacity in schools for arts education and connect underrepresented students with arts opportunities. In his LGBTQ volunteerism, Joey helped plan and organize the annual Capital Pride Festival in Albany, NY and created QFEST, the first LGBTQ film festival in Upstate New York. The festival brought together local LGBT organizations with film lovers and the community to create a forum for discussion of queer film, and is now an annual community event with wide-ranging support and attendance.
Joey is fascinated with understanding how community is created in person and online and how public servants can better understand their constituents through emerging communication mediums.
He joined the LGBT commission to connect with passionate advocates and put his public policy degree to work, researching and supporting policies that improve the lives of LGBTQ communities in Seattle.
Mitchell C Hunter, one of few who can claim he's been active in the community as every letter of LGBTQ, comes to the Commission as a recent graduate of Out In Front, an intensive leadership training course for leaders in the LGBTQ community. Mitch is current chair of the Internal Affairs committee, a proud voice for the transgender community with Trans Lives Matter and an active member of the Seattle Men's Chorus.
Bridge Joyce is a Seattle resident and lawyer committed to social and economic justice. Bridge earned a B.A. from Skidmore College and a J.D. from the City University of New York, School of Law. During law school, Bridge interned for the Peter Cicchino Youth Project, providing legal services to homeless and street involved LGBTQ young people, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a legal service and advocacy collective working to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. After moving to Seattle from New York, Bridge served for two years on the board of Camp Ten Trees, an LGBTQ and ally youth camp. He also volunteers for the pro bono attorney program at The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, focusing on immigrant visa petitions under the Violence Against Women Act and asylum cases.
Aric grew up in Nebraska and received his B.A. in Religion from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. In 2003 he moved to Seattle to work for Lifelong AIDS Alliance and has since worked for Seattle King County Public Health on a variety of research projects and community outreach testing and screening for HIV/STI. He completed his M.A. in Public Administration from Seattle University in 2009. His current academic work is focused on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity in the context of international human rights with a focus on Africa and the Middle East. Aric is currently coordinating HIV research projects out of the Harborview STD Clinic. One of his objectives for serving as a commissioner is to increase awareness of sexual, racial, gender, and identity diversity within the local community, at the national level, and internationally. In his free time Aric loves exploring music and cinema and is a bookworm.
Mac joined the LGBT commission in 2011, and is proud to be a voice and is proud to be an activist for civil rights and voice to represent the transgendered and gender non-conforming community.
Sabina Neem is a social work clinician and community builder who is committed to social and economic justice; her approach is to engage with challenging systems in order to make change and voice informed praise and criticism. She has extensive experience as an administrator, supervisor, program coordinator, social worker, trainer, researcher, grant writer, and advocate for policy change. She is the Assistant Director at the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Seattle University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of two LGBTQ community-based organization; Zenyu Healing andTrikone Northwest.
Announcement of Vacancies
Each year a percentage of Commissioners' terms come up for renewal and sometimes those seats are vacated. The Seattle LGBT Commission currently has open seats and is actively recruiting for new commissioners. The Commission is especially interested in applicants who are women, transgendered, differently-abled, or of color. The Commission is also interested in working with individuals who have an interest in the following issues: lesbian health, domestic violence, aging, work place acceptance, and youth safety.
The Commission is also interested in working with qualified volunteers who have an interest on specific Commission projects.
Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend at least one Commission meeting.
Interested? View the recruitment flyer:
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Click here to download an application in "MS Word 2007 and above" format.
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