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Seattle Complete Count Committee

On July 11, 2009, Mayor Greg Nickels announced the creation of the 2010 Seattle Complete Count Committee. This committee is a partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau and community leaders (businesses, community-based organizations, faith-based groups, schools, businesses, the media and others) for the purpose of increasing the awareness of the 2010 Census through a locally developed and implemented grass roots campaign.

Seattle Complete Count Committee Leadership

The Seattle Complete Count is headed up by:

  • Norman B. Rice, former mayor of Seattle
  • Martha Choe, former Seattle City Councilmember
  • Rogelio Riojas, founder/president/CEO, SeaMar Community Health Centers

Seattle Complete Count Committee Goal

The goal of the Seattle Complete Count Committee is to ensure that every Seattle resident is counted in the 2010 Census. This would be accomplished by:

  • Achieving a 80 percent return rate of mailed surveys (mail back return rate was 72 percent in the 2000 Census);
  • Making every Seattle resident aware of the Census; and
  • Making every Seattle resident aware that the information they provide for the Census is kept in complete confidence.

Seattle Complete Count Committee Structure

The Seattle Complete Count Committee works to involve all aspects of the local community in its subcommittee structure.  In an effort to include Seattles diverse population into its awareness/oureach efforts, the following subcommittees were created:

Education - Facilitates Census awareness for local schools from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, as well as post-secondary education institutions in the City of Seattle.  The subcommittee will work to encourage public and private school administrators, teachers and students to use the Census in Schools materials.

Community and Faith Based Organizations - Creates and coordinates activities and materials with community and faith-based organizations that can be used to inform residents on the importance of participating in the 2010 Census, and benefits derived from censsus data.

Public Relations/ Marketing - Creates and facilitates ways to get the Census message to all community residents, using all available sources such as local newspapers, newsletters, fliers, festivals, events door-to-door campaigns, billboards, radio and television, and speakers bureaus (includes the extensive use of ethnic media outlets.)

Census Facilities Locate and facilitate space that meets Census Bureau needs for Questionnaire Assistance Centers and Be Counted Sites in areas that have historically undercounted and assist in Census job recruitment efforts.

Niche Communities and Neighborhoods Assist in Census awareness, promotion and participation by populations that are at risk of being undercounted in the 2010 Census (people-of-color, immigrant and refugee populations, low-income and homeless populations.) Encourage neighborhood groups to participate in the Census awareness efforts.

Seattle Complete Count Committee Members 

Norman B. Rice
Former Mayor of Seattle

Martha Choe
Former Seattle City Councilmember

Rogelio Riojas
President/CEO SeaMar Community Health Centers

Assaye Abunie
Ethio Digital & IT Service


Abdillahi Ahmed
African Business Association of Seattle

Brenda Anibarro
Seattle Office of Civil Rights

Vicki Asakura
Nonprofit Assistance Center

Pamela Banks
Mayors Office /
Seattle Department of Transportation

Crisann Brooks
Lutheran Community Services

Heather Bungi
Central Area Motivation Program (CAMP)

Yusuf Cabdi
Seattle Public School District

Diana Canzoneri
Seattle Planning Commission

Sylvia Cavazos
Seattle Public Utilities

Sandy Ciske
Public Health Seattle & King County

Kelly Tuyet Dang
Organization of Chinese Americans Greater Seattle Chapter

Darby DuComb
Seattle Customer Services Bureau /
Seattle City Attorneys Office

Galmesa Elemo
Oromo Community Organization in Seattle/King County

Juan Garcia
U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services

Marilynne Gardner
Seattle Public Library

Yemane Gebremicael
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Kacey Guin
Seattle Office for Education

Marilynn Harris
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

Mohamed Sheikh Hassan
Afrique Service Center

Mohamed Hassan
Somali Community Services Coalition

Ramona Hattendorf
Seattle Council PSTA

Nina Cavelli
Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union

Pramila Jayapal
One America

Hyeok Kim

Michael Killoren
Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs

Alemu Daba
Oromo Community Church

Jacque Larrainzar
Seattle Office of Civil Rights

Andrew Lofton
Seattle Housing Authority

Jorge Madrazo
SeaMar Community Health Centers

Sapina Pele
Washington Education Association

Kenny Pittman
Seattle Office of Policy & Management

Jama Musse
East African Community Development Council

Maria Ramirez
Campana Quetzal

Mohamed Roble
Seattle Public School District

Calvin Rivers
Enhanced Interactions LLC

Jesus Rodriguez
Nonprofit Assistance Center

Hilary Stern
CASA Latina

Issa Ulo
Oromo Community Organization in Seattle/King County

Maria Ursua
Seattle Housing Authority

Beverly Yapp
Seattle Human Services Department

Abdulkadir Jama
Hope Academic

Jama Musse
East African Community Development Council

Cherry Cayabyab
Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Foundation (ACLF)

Sara Farinelli
International Community Health Services

Jason Lunasin
National Federation of Filipino American Association

Abbas Abdul Fadir

Wayne Debeb

Abraham Kebede
Salon Ethopia Newspaper

Aurora Arceo Turla
Filipino Community of Seattle

Linh Ngo
Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Foundation (ACLF)

My Tam Nguyen
Seattle Department of Planning & Development

Naomi Ishisaka
One America

Mona Han
Coalition for Refugees from Burma

Pwint Htun
Coalition for Refugees from Burma

Shayne Kramer
Meals Partnership Coalition




Census at a Glance

Every 10 years, the Census counts everyone residing in the United States.

Census data is used to allocate more than $400 billion in federal funds each year.

The next Census count begins April 1, 2010.

The Census form has only 10 questions.

Your answers on the Census form are confidential and protected by law.

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