Councilmember Bruce Harrell's Staff

photo of Jennifer Samuels

Jennifer Samuels

Legislative Assistant

More + -

Email Jennifer Samuels

Jennifer Samuels is a member of Councilmember Bruce Harrell's staff with a diverse background in law and nonprofit management. Prior to working for the Seattle City Council, Ms. Samuels served as the Executive Director for an immigration and housing nonprofit organization. Ms. Samuels has also worked for the Washington State Supreme Court having been appointed as lead staff to former State Supreme Court Justice Robert F. Utter. While in Olympia, Ms. Samuels served for five years as a liaison between the judicial, legislative and executive branches for Justice Utter.

Ms. Samuels is particularly proud of her work assisting new and emerging democracies from Central and Eastern Europe, including providing support for a series of judicial seminars sponsored by the State of Washington, United States Information Agency, and the American Bar Association.

In Councilmember Harrell's office, her primary responsibilities include: staffing the Governance, Equity, and Technology Committee and City Council Briefings, as well as her liaison responsibilities with the Office of Intergovernmental Relations and the Law Department. Additional responsibilities include addressing constituent services in the areas of public safety, human services, utilities, Municipal Court and numerous sub-issues for District 2 constituents.

In 2000, Ms. Samuels was selected and admitted to the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. She has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations including Adventist Community Services and the Better Living Series.

When Ms. Samuels is not working, she enjoys volunteering with her church and spending time with her lifelong husband of 27 years and their three adult children.

photo of Vinh Tang

Vinh Tang

Legislative Assistant

More + -

Email Vinh Tang

Vinh Tang is a member of Councilmember Bruce Harrell's staff with a strong background in technology, Internet marketing, Internet strategies and software development. Mr. Tang is also experienced in campaign and finance issues, financial disclosure issues and electoral procedures. Prior to working for Councilmember Harrell's office, he worked in the computer hardware industry and he currently coordinates Councilmember Harrell's schedule and manages the administrative operations for the office, budget issues and compliance with ethics and elections procedures. Mr. Tang also staffs Councilmember Harrell on issues related to technology, broadband, renewable energy, transportation, economic development, and various utility issues.

Mr. Tang attended and studied economics and computer science at the University of Washington. He has lived on both sides of the Pacific Ocean and enjoys playing basketball, football, baseball, and has a goal of hiking the entire Washington Pacific Crest Trail.

Chase Munroe

Chase Munroe

Community Relations Liaison

More + -

Email Chase Munroe

Mr. Chase Munroe is District 2's Community Relations Liaison. He is a seasoned political professional with a strong background in communications, outreach, and community development. Chase holds a degree in Government and Economics from Eastern Washington University and is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Public Affairs at the University of Washington Evans School-graduating this June. Chase prides himself in being accessible and for strong follow through. He has worked with my office on different projects for several years. In his spare time he enjoys attending sporting events, golfing, and playing basketball.

Aqeelah Williams

Aqeelah Williams

Legislative Assistant

More + -

Email Aqeelah Williams

Aqeelah recently graduated from Eastern Washington University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication: Public Relations, with a minor in social ethics and justice society. She looks forward to furthering her education and will attend law school. Williams owes her commitment to social ethics and justice society to her father’s support and is eager to make a difference addressing homelessness issues. Aqeelah was born and raised in Seattle.

Outside of the classroom, Aqeelah excelled in sports as a former Division One athlete, who played on the Eastern Washington Eagles women’s basketball team. Aqeelah Williams graduated from Cleveland High School in Seattle, where she led her team to the Washington 3A state title game as a senior and earned First Team All-3A State Tournament honors. Aqeelah Williams ran the 200- and 400-meter dash ranking top 20 All American in 2011-2013.

Her goal is to give back to the community by listening to the concerns of constituents, resolving issues related to affordable housing, public safety, and human services. Aqeelah is stepping in as a legislative assistant and will be a wonderful asset to the Harrell office. We look forward to working with Aqeelah and hope you will join us in welcoming her to the 2nd floor.