Councilmember Alex Pedersen's Staff

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Malik Davis

Legislative Aide

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Malik Davis joins Councilmember Alex Pedersen after having spent 20 years in the non-profit, government and private sectors engaging and responding to a cross section of constituents and communities.

For Councilmember Pedersen's team, Malik will focus on District 4 constituent relations, neighborhoods, parks, civil rights, public safety and police accountability, and several transportation issues.  

Malik began his career at Seattle Public Utilities working in the City's Solid Waste and Recycling Division. He worked for Seattle City Councilmember Margaret Pageler's Office where he was a Legislative Aide responsible for advising Margaret on public safety, land use and utility issues. He then worked in the construction industry as a homeowner liaison working with residents impacted by construction disruption. From there Malik worked at the UW Alumni Association as a Director of Constituent Relations and later became a Major Gifts Officer at the College of Arts and Science raising private support for research and scholarships in the Natural Sciences. Before joining Councilmember Pedersen's office, Malik worked as a philanthropy officer for a provider of shelter and services raising private support for women and families experiencing homelessness in King County.  

Born and raised in Seattle, Malik is a lifelong Husky and 94' alum with a bachelors' degree in political science.  Malik attended Montlake elementary, Meany Middle School and Garfield High School. With deep Seattle roots, he has been a mentor to high school youth and college students, an advocate for increasing underrepresented groups in higher education philanthropy, and a volunteer parent active in his children's schools.  

Malik also has a masters' degree in public administration from Milano Graduate School of Urban Management and Public Policy, located in New York City.  

Malik lives in West Seattle with his wife and two daughters.   

Willa Hevly

Willa Hevly

Legislative Aide

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Willa recently earned her Master of Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. While at UW, she worked as research consultant for the Washington State Legislature to evaluate the state's school breakfast program. She was also a case manager at SafeCampus, the university's violence prevention and response program.

Before joining Councilmember Pedersen's team, Willa worked in the Washington State Auditor's Office conducting program evaluation for performance audits of Sound Transit and the firearms background check process. She also has experience as a legal assistant at a small firm representing plaintiffs in employment matters. She has been active in local political campaigns and worked in former Councilmember Jean Godden's office handling constituent relations. She holds a bachelor's degree in public policy from Pomona College in Claremont, California.

For Councilmember Pedersen’s team, Willa will work on several issues including Budget/Finance, Labor Relations, Public Health, and Major Civic Projects. Willa will also manage the Councilmember’s schedule and intergovernmental relations.

Willa was born and raised in District 4 and graduated from Roosevelt High School. She currently volunteers as a community representative to the Seattle Public Schools Title IX Task Force. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, ballet class, and watching the Mariners.

Cara Kadoshima Vallier

Cara Kadoshima Vallier

Legislative Aide

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Cara brings a broad range of experience in the public and private sectors to her work in Councilmember Pedersen's office. She previously worked in government at the Seattle City Attorney's Office as a paralegal in the Torts and Environmental Protection sections and also on regulatory compliance, cost-recovery actions, city ordinances, state and local planning, and public records requests.

Cara has participated in several statewide and local political campaigns, and has enjoyed working in public affairs, development and advocacy. She formerly served at the City of Los Angeles on the Committee to Apply the Convention to End Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and served on the boards of the League of Conservation Voters and the Little Tokyo Service Center, an organization committed to improving the lives of underserved individuals and families and promoting the equitable development of ethnic communities and their rich cultural heritage.

For Councilmember Pedersen's team, Cara will focus on issues related to Homelessness, Affordable Housing, Economic Development (including the downtown waterfront), Libraries, Education, Technology, and the Criminal Justice System. 

In her free time, Cara is a volunteer for StolenYouth whose mission is to end child sex trafficking in Washington State. Cara grew up in Seattle where she attended Franklin High School. Cara earned her Masters Degree in Public Policy from UCLA and her Bachelors Degree from the University of Washington. Cara enjoys time with her family and the New York Times crossword puzzle.

Toby Thaler

Toby Thaler

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Toby Thaler, an attorney and long-time community leader, has had an extensive career focused on land use and environmental issues.

Toby volunteered on the team that prepared the 1999 Fremont Neighborhood Plan for incorporation into the City Comprehensive Plan. Early implementation plan elements included study and reconfiguration of bicycle and vehicle routing through ‘downtown’ Fremont. He has continued to be engaged in transportation planning and project advocacy, with a focus on creating a functional network of safe non-motorized routes such as neighborhood greenways.

Toby’s career as a lawyer began as an advocate for Native American Treaty Tribes in Western Washington. During that time he also started serving as a board member of the Washington Environmental Council (WEC). Toby the first staff attorney at the WEC, helping to organize and prosecute numerous cases concerning conservation of forests, waters, and other natural resources. For another eight years, Toby was staff counsel for the Washington Forest Law Center.

Into the early 1990s, Toby was as an environmental analyst at Seattle City Light, serving on the team preparing the application for and negotiating the Skagit Hydro Project’s new 30-year federal (FERC) license.  In recent years, Toby has been an independent attorney and policy analyst. He has represented a variety of clients around Washington State. He has worked extensively with communities around the country on climate adaptation planning. Toby also sits on the board of Washington Conservation Voters.

Toby served on the board of the 36th District Democrats (2009-2011) and the board of the 43rd District Democrats (2012-2016.)

Toby is passionate about the quality of life of Seattle neighborhoods, preventing displacement, protecting our urban forest, and helping to make our community more truly sustainable. 

For Councilmember Pedersen’s team, Toby will focus on Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Issues which include Utilities as well as reducing emissions and improving resiliency to address Climate Change.  Toby, an avid cyclist and transit rider, is a dad and has been married for 25 years.  He resides in the Fremont neighborhood.  Toby earned his JD degree from the University of Washington School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University.