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 with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to reform SPD practices, which established the work to be done to meet the terms of a settlement agreement and memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the DOJ. The consent decree is overseen by a federal judge and appointed police monitor.

The Community Police Commission (CPC) was mandated under the settlement agreement to provide community input on needed reforms, with specific areas for its activities outlined in a memorandum of understanding. The City of Seattle established the CPC by ordinance, it began work in 2013.

Under legislation adopted in 2017, the CPC was made permanent, its scope of responsibilities and authorities broadened, and the number of commissioners increased. While it continues to be responsible for its obligations related to the settlement, it now is mandated to also provide ongoing, community-based oversight of SPD and the police accountability system.

The Community Police Commission's (CPC's) charge is to represent a broad range of community perspectives, reach out and engage communities directly, get critical feedback, and then recommend changes to Seattle Police Department (SPD) and police accountability system policies and practices. The CPC provides community-based oversight of SPD and police accountability system and fosters ongoing dialogue about police practices with community members, which helps build trust and strengthens community-police relations. The CPC also gives community members a voice and stake in the reform efforts under the settlement agreement.

The CPC depends on community involvement over the long haul. Community perspectives are needed in the short-term on reformed measures under the consent decree, but also down the road to help determine whether SPD policies continue to meet community expectations.

All CPC recommendations are intended to:

  • Ensure police services comply with the Constitution and the laws of the United States and Washington state.
  • Increase the effectiveness of the police accountability system, and
  • Promote public confidence in SPD.

Commission MembersOriginally, the Community Police Commission (CPC) had 15 volunteer Commissioners appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Under legislation adopted in 2017, the CPC has 21 Commissioners, with the Mayor, the City Council, and the CPC each appointing seven. Commissioners should represent the diversity of Seattle and include people from communities of color, ethnic and faith communities, immigrant communities, the urban Indian community, the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer/intersexual/asexual community, civil rights advocates, business community, individuals familiar with the challenges faced by homeless people and those with mental illness or substance abuse issues, and youth.Two positions are designated for public defense and civil liberties lawyers and two positions are designated for one member of the Seattle Police Officers Guild and one of the Seattle Police Management Association. CPC Commissioners live or work in Seattle. Due to the recent increase in Commissioners, there are nine vacancies at this time.

Emma Catague

Emma Catague

Commissioner
Program Coordinator
Appointed by: Mayor Ed Murray

Claudia D'Allegri

Commissioner
Vice President of Behavioral Health Services at Sea Mar Community Health Centers
Appointed by: Mayor Mike McGinn

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Claudia D'Allegri is Vice President of Behavioral Health Services at Sea Mar Community Health Centers, where she has over 17 years of experience administering health programs. Sea Mar serves more than 153,000 clients in Washington State each year, the majority of whom are low-income. Claudia also chairs the Latino Civic Alliance, a statewide organization that focuses its efforts on civic engagement, conducting town hall meetings and working on legislation with the State Legislature.

Lisa Daugaard

Lisa Daugaard

Comissioner
Director at the Public Defender Association
Appointed by: Mayor Mike McGinn

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Lisa Daugaard is Director at the Public Defender Association (PDA). Since 2001, under Lisa's leadership, the Racial Disparity Project at PDA has focused on racial disparity in Seattle drug arrests, and since 2005, they have worked to develop LEAD, a pre-arrest diversion alternative to traditional arrest and prosecution for low-level drug and prostitution suspects. Prior to becoming a public defender in 1996, Lisa directed the Urban Justice Center Organizing Project and was Legal Director of the Coalition for the Homeless, both in New York City, and was a fellow at the ACLU National Legal Department.

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Colleen Echohawk

Commissioner
Executive Director
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 at Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre, and past board member at the Chief Seattle Club.

Melinda Giovengo

Commissioner
Executive Director of YouthCare
Appointed by: Mayor Ed Murray

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Dr. Melinda Giovengo became the Executive Director of YouthCare in November 2006. She has thirty years of experience in developing and implementing re-engagement programs for out-of-school and homeless youth. Melinda speaks locally and nationally on youth homelessness, adolescent mental health issues, and child sexual exploitation and is published on issues concerning homeless youth and the impact of learning disabilities for hard-to-serve populations. She is a board member of the National Network for Youth and the National Youth Employment Coalition, and serves as the Government Relations Chair of YouthBuild USA. Melinda holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.

Enrique Gonzalez

Enrique Gonzalez

Co-Chair
Juvenile Justice Policy Advocate
Appointed by: Mayor Ed Murray

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Enrique Gonzalez is the Community Advocate at the Public Defender Association where he focuses on areas of police reform, juvenile justice and immigration reform and advocacy through the development of strategic partnerships and collaborations.  Enrique previously worked for El Centro de la Raza where worked as a youth case manager in high schools providing coordination of services to youth at risk of dropping out, substance abuse, homelessness, as well as assisted with credit retrieval. In 2017, Enrique was elected to be a co-chair of the Commission.

Jay Hollingsworth

Jay Hollingsworth

Commissioner
Chair of John T. Williams Organizing Committee
Appointed by: Mayor Mike McGinn

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Jay Hollingsworth is an enrolled member of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut and a member of the SPD Native American Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Washington State Democrats Native American Caucus and chair of the John T. Williams Organizing Committee.

Joe Kessler

Joe Kessler

Seattle Police Department Captain
Appointed by: Mayor Mike McGinn

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Captain Joseph Kessler has worked for the Seattle Police Department for 35 years.  He has worked in all of the patrol precincts and has served as the Commander of the West and Southwest Precincts and currently serves as the Commander of the Forensic Sciences Section.  He has worked in many varied communities over the years including as a team member for the Safe Communities project.  He previously served on the Commission as one of the original Commissioners.  He is on the Board of the Seattle Police Management Association and fills the seat on the Commission for that organization.

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Isaac Ruiz

Co-Chair
Attorney
Appointed by: Mayor Ed Murray

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Isaac Ruiz is a trial lawyer and a partner with the firm Keller Rohrback L.L.P. in Seattle where he represents seriously injured people and insurance policyholders. He is the author of Washington's Insurance Fair Conduct Act: Cases & Analysis (2014), a leading insurance treatise. He serves as Vice President on the Board of the QLaw Foundation, which provides free legal services to members of the LGBTQ community. He also serves as the Chair of the Washington State Association for Justice's Insurance Section. Isaac holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Notre Dame Law School. He served as a judicial law clerk for Hon. Carlos F. Lucero of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado.

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Kevin Stuckey

Commissioner
Police Officer
Appointed by: Mayor Mike McGinn

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Officer Kevin Stuckey has been with the Seattle Police Department for over 20 years. He greatly enjoyed his years as a school emphasis officer (SEO). SEOs focus on education and mentoring to help at-risk youth stay in school. Kevin has maintained relationships with many students even after their graduation and is very proud of their success as young adults. Kevin is currently assigned to the East Precinct community police team. He is the Seattle Police Officers Guild President and fills the seat on the Commission reserved for that organization.

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

Commissioner
Reverend
Appointed by: Mayor Mike McGinn

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Rev. Aaron Williams is the Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Baptist 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

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

Josias Flynn is a trial attorney who represents clients in a wide range of civil matters. Josias works on issues at the intersection of civile rights and public.

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

Kay Godefroy founded the Seattle Neighborhood Group in 1988 to provide community organizing support to communities overwhelmed by crime, specifically crimes related to drugs and gangs.

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

Taylor Hoang is an entrepreneur and leader in the Asian and business communities of Seattle. She is the Executive Director of Ethnic Business Coalition, a nonprofit committed to the long-term growth, sustainability, and success of immigrant and minority-owned small businesses in Washington.

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

Bill Hobson was the Executive Director of the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) since 1988 until 2015. He unfortunately passed away in March 2016.

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

Kate Joncas is the Deputy Mayor for Mayor Ed Murray. Prior to her position with the Mayor's office, she was President and CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association from 1994 until 2014.

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

David Keenan had practiced at the global law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in complex litigation, until he was recently elected to King County Superior Court Judge.

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

Diane Narasaki is Executive Director of Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS). She was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on the Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council.

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

Tina Podlodowski is a former Microsoft manager and Seattle City Councilmember. She served on the CPC until Mayor Murray appointed her to Senior Policy Advisor.

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

Marcel Purnell is the Program Coordinator for American Friends Service Committee.

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

Ron Rasmussen is a Seattle Police Department Acting Captain. As a Seattle Police Management Association board member he filled the seat on the Commission reserved for that organization.

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

Jennifer Shaw is Deputy Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington. She is responsible for leading policy advocacy work and coordinating multi-disciplinary, high impact campaigns for civil liberties that involve legal, legislative, public education and mobilizing programs.

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

Kip Tokuda was the former state representative for the 37th Legislative District and a tireless advocate on behalf of children and families. He unfortunately passed away in July 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 percpectives about the police are heard.

Other key partners include SPD, the Office of Professional 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 (who will take on the OPA Auditor's duties under legislation adopted in 2017) when this position is filled. The CPC also partners with the Seattle Police Monitor who oversees the consent decree and with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ).

Fe Lopez

 

Fé Lopez
Executive Director

206-684-5175 
fe.lopez@seattle.gov

Fé Lopez is the Executive Director of the Community Police Commission ("CPC").  She was appointed to the position by Mayor Ed Murray and confirmed by the CPC and the Seattle City Council.  Prior to working for the CPC, Ms. Lopez was the director of alumni relations and annual fund at Seattle University School of Law.  She is a past president of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington ("LBAW") where she and other minority bar and community leaders advocated for greater police accountability.  Fé currently serves as a board president of OneAmerica and past co-administrator of the SGB/LBAW Free Legal Clinic at El Centro de la Raza.  Ms. Lopez earned her J.D. at Seattle University School of Law.

Anne Bettesworth



Anne Bettesworth
Policy Analyst

206-684-8078
anne.bettesworth@seattle.gov

Anne Bettesworth provides complex policy research, advice, and strategy to help the Commission fulfill its duties. Anne came to the CPC from the Council of State Governments Justice Center, where she worked on an initiative called Justice Reinvestment, the aim of which was to avert state prison population growth and reinvest savings in strategies that would reduce recidivism and increase public safety. Prior to that, Anne lived in Washington, DC, where she worked for a member of Congress and in the Government Affairs Office at the American Psychological Association.  She has a Master in Public Administration from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington, where she studied political science and Spanish.

Minty Longearth

 

Minty LongEarth
Community Engagement & Communications Specialist

minty.longearth@seattle.gov

Minty LongEarth is responsible for the CPC's communications and community engagement.  She previously served as Executive Director for South King Council of Human Services and as interim Executive Director at United Indians of All Tribes Foundation. A longtime member of the Seattle community, Minty has two decades of experience in facilitation, coalition building, development and community outreach, with a focus on inclusion and cultural competency. In addition to being an activist for topics related to multiculturalism and cultural nuance, Minty is a member of the Huy Advisory Board, which assists indigenous people incarcerated in Washington State.

Tracy Whitlatch



Tracy Whitlatch
Administrative Staff Assistant

206-233-2664
tracym.whitlatch@seattle.gov

Tracy Whitlatch is responsible for office management and administrative support. Prior to joining the CPC, Tracy worked 11 years for SPD beginning with 9-1-1 dispatch, and later supporting command staff, the Investigative Bureau and in SPD's public disclosure unit. In 2009 Tracy received the SPD Innovation Award which is "presented to a person or team that developed a creative solution or new program that embodied the characteristics of courage, risk-taking and/or perseverance, to address a long-standing problem." She also received the SPD Impact Award with the Narcotics Section, ProAct Teams. "This award is given to a team or unit that through their collaborative and innovative working style has made a significant impact on a crime or crime-related problem."

 

  Karen Chung
  Temporary Policy Analyst

  206-233-7244
  Karen.Chung@seattle.gov

Karen Chung is a temporary policy analyst conducting policy research and analysis for the CPC. Prior to joining the CPC, Karen worked for five years at the Council of State Governments Justice Center, providing technical assistance to states across the country to enact and implement reform legislation to reduce spending on corrections and lower recidivism. Karen previously interned with the Vera Institute of Justice, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and the Prison University Project and currently serves as a dependency CASA in King County and on the board of the Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care. She has a master's degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas and a bachelor's in History from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Technical Support

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Betsy Graef
Contractor
betsy.graef@seattle.gov

Betsy Graef served as interim Director of the CPC from July 2013 through January 2014. She is currently managing the CPC's work to reform SPD's accountability system and providing technical back-up in a variety of other areas. As a legislative aide at the Seattle City Council, Betsy built expertise in local government public policy research, analysis and development, with a focus on public safety, criminal justice and education issues. Her prior career was as a project manager in the healthcare field. She has a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Colorado.