About Us

The 2010 shooting death by Seattle police of First Nations woodcarver John T. Williams, and a series of other serious incidents involving police and people of color, ignited public concern about bias and the use of excessive force in the Seattle Police Department (SPD). 

After a federal investigation, the City of Seattle signed a settlement agreement and a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to reform SPD practices. Those two documents are referred to as the Consent Decree. The Consent Decree is overseen by a federal judge and appointed police monitor who are charged with SPD's unconstitutional policing practices are corrected.

The Community Police Commission (CPC) was mandated under the Consent Decree to provide community input on needed reforms. The City of Seattle established the CPC by ordinance and it began work in 2013. Under landmark Accountability Legislation adopted in 2017, the CPC was made permanent, its scope of responsibilities and authority broadened, and the number of Commissioners increased. While it continues to be responsible for its obligations related to the Consent Decree, it now is mandated to also provide ongoing, community-based oversight of SPD and the police accountability system.

Vision
We envision our communities and Seattle's police aligned in shared goals of safety, respect, and accountability.

Mission
The Community Police Commission listens to, amplifies, and builds common ground among communities affected by policing in Seattle. We champion policing practices centered in justice and equity.

The CPC has 21 Commissioners, with the Mayor, the City Council, and the CPC each appointing seven. Commissioners represent the diversity of Seattle and include individuals from communities of color, ethnic and faith communities, immigrant communities, the urban Indian community, the LGBTQ community, and the business community. Commissioners also include youth representatives, civil rights advocates, and individuals familiar with the challenges faced by homeless people and those with mental illness or substance abuse issues. Two positions are designated for public defense and civil liberties lawyers, one position is designated for a member of the Seattle Police Officers Guild, and one position is designated for a member of the Seattle Police Management Association. Commissioners live or work in Seattle. 

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La Rond Baker

Commissioner
King County Department of Public Defense
Appointed by: Community Police Commission
Emma Catague

Emma Catague

Commissioner
Former Executive Director of the International Housing Alliance
Appointed by: City Council

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Emma Catague, a domestic violence survivor, is a dedicated advocate in ending violence against women and children. She has 30 years of experience in community and labor organizing, advocating for human rights, immigration issues, bilingual education, youth development, employment rights, and working for social change. She is a founding mother of the Asian Pacific Islander Women and Family Safety Center (APIWFSC), and former Community Organizer and Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate for API Chaya. 

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Prachi Dave

Co-chair
Senior Attorney at the Public Defender Association
Appointed by: Community Police Commission

Suzette Dickerson

Commissioner
Staff Representative at WSCCCE AFSCME Council 2
Appointed by: Mayor Jenny Durkan
Colleen Echohawk

Colleen Echohawk

Commissioner
Executive Director of the Chief Seattle Club
Appointed by: Mayor Ed Murray

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Colleen Echohawk is an enrolled member of the Kithehaki Band of the Pawnee Nation and a member of the Upper Ahtna Athabascan people of Mentasta Lake. She is the Executive Director of the Chief Seattle Club, a non-profit dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless and low-income urban Native people in Seattle. Colleen is the founder of the Coalition to End Urban Native Homelessness. She is the co-founder and principal at Headwater People Consulting Group. Colleen serves on several local boards including, KUOW (National Public Radio member station), All Home Coordinating Board, Metropolitan Improvement District, Pioneer Square Preservation Board, and is the board chair of Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre, and past board member at the Chief Seattle Club.

Erin Goodman

SODO Business Improvement Area
Appointed by: Mayor Jenny Durkan

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Monisha Harrell

Commissioner
Board Chair for Equal Rights Washington
Appointed by: Mayor Jenny Durkan
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Esther Lucero

Commissioner
Seattle Indian Health Board
Appointed by: Mayor Jenny Durkan

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Asha Mohamed

Somali Youth and Family Club
Appointed by: Mayor Jenny Durkan

Natasha Moore

Commissioner
Choose 180
Appointed by: Seattle City Council

Mark Mullens

Commissioner
Seattle Police Officer
Appointed by: Seattle CPC
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Alina Santillan

Commissioner
Seattle Center Cohort
Appointed by: Seattle City Council
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Joseph Seia

Commissioner
Appointed by: Seattle CPC
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Douglas Wagoner

Commissioner
Communications Lead at the Office of Health and Safe Communities in the Washington State Department of Health
Appointed by: Seattle City Council
Harriett Walden

Rev. Harriett Walden

Co-Chair
Reverend
Appointed by: Mayor Mike McGinn

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Rev. Harriett Walden has been a vocal advocate for better police-community relations in Seattle since she co-founded Mothers for Police Accountability in 1990. She has been appointed to and served on numerous task forces and commissions that involve efforts to improve and heal community-police relations and to achieve greater transparency and accountability in the criminal justice system.

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Rev. Aaron Williams

Co-chair
Reverend
Appointed by: Mayor Mike McGinn

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Rev. Aaron Williams is Pastor of Discipleship at the University Presbyterian Church and Vice-President of the United Black Clergy. His greatest wish as a religious leader is that we strive to create a "beloved community." He believes we must all work towards that end, and he's eager to work with the Mayor and other community leaders to make it a reality. Aaron served on the Police Chief Search Committee for the City of Seattle in 2009. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, and a Master of Theology with an emphasis in Systematic Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas.


Past Commissioners

Karisa Morikawa
Appointed by:
 City Council
Term: 2019-2020

Isaac Ruiz
Appointed by: 
Community Police Commission
Term:
 2017-2019

Ben Goldsmith
Appointed by: 
Community Police Commission
Term: 
2018-2019

Helen Gebreamlak
Appointed by: 
Community Police Commission
Term: 
2018-2019

Claudia D'Allegri
Appointed by: 
Mayor Mike
Term: 
2013-2019

Melinda Giovengo
Appointed by: 
Mayor Ed Murray
Term: 
2016-2019

Jay Hollingsworth
Appointed by: 
Mayor Mike McGinn
Term: 
2013-2019

Lisa Daugaard
Appointed by: 
Mayor Mike McGinn
Term: 
2013-2019

Enrique Gonzalez
Appointed by: Mayor Ed Murray
Term:
2016 - 2018

Kevin Stuckey
Appointed by: 
Mayor Mike McGinn
Term: 
2013 - 2018

Joe Kessler
Appointed by:
Mayor Mike McGinn
Term:
2013 - 2018

Josias Flynn
Appointed by:
Mayor Ed Murray
Term:
2016 - 2017

Kay Godefroy
Appointed by:
Mayor Ed Murray
Term:
2015 - 2017

Taylor Hoang
Appointed by: Mayor Ed Murray
Term: 2016 - 2019

Bill Hobson
Appointed by: Mayor Mike McGinn
Term: 2013 - 2014

Kate Joncas
Appointed by: Mayor Mike McGinn
Term: 2013 - 2014

David Keenan
Appointed by: Mayor Ed Murray
Term: 2014 - 2017

Diane Narasaki
Appointed by: Mayor Mike McGinn
Term: 2013 - 2014

Tina Podlodowski
Appointed by: Mayor Mike McGinn
Term: 2013 - 2014

Marcel Purnell
Appointed by: Mayor Mike McGinn
Term: 2013 - 2016

Ron Rasmussen
Appointed by: Mayor Ed Murray
Term: 2013 - 2015

Jennifer Shaw
Appointed by:
Mayor Mike McGinn
Term: 2013 - 2015

Kip Tokuda
Appointed by: Mayor Mike McGinn
Term: 2013 - 2013

Although the Community Police Commission (CPC) is independent, it works closely with others to engage with the community to advance measures that support effective and respectful policing.

The CPC partners with many community organizations. In 2013 it directly contracted with 13 organizations (through which 100 other organizations were also involved) to obtain insights about Seattle Police Department (SPD). All of these organizations are identified in the CPC's January 2014 Community Outreach Report. The CPC continues to partner with these and other groups to ensure that a wide variety of community perspectives about the police are heard.

Other key partners include SPD, the Office of Police Accountability, the Mayor's Office, and other City agencies and departments. The OPA Auditor is a very important partner and the CPC looks forward to partnering with the Inspector General for Public Safety (IG) when this position is filled. (The IG will take on the OPA Auditor's duties under legislation adopted in 2017.) The CPC also partners with the Seattle Police Monitor who oversees the settlement agreement and with the United States Department of Justice.

Brandy Grant
Interim Executive Director
Brandy.Grant@seattle.gov

Jesse Franz
Communication Advisor
206-684-4279
Jesse.Franz@seattle.gov  

Nick Christian
Community Engagement Director
206-430-0083
Nick.Christian@seattle.gov 

Shayleen Morris
Policy Director
Shayleen.Morris@seattle.gov
 

Nia Franco
Senior Policy Analyst
Nia.Franco@Seattle.gov

Luiza Montesanti
Policy Analyst
Luiza.Montesanti@seattle.gov