Councilmember Dan Strauss' Staff

Amanda Pleasant-Brown

Amanda Pleasant-Brown

Chief of Staff

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Amanda was born and raised in Yakima, Washington and moved here to pursue higher education, earning a BA from the University of Washington and later earned her Master of Public Administration from Seattle University. Amanda joined Councilmember Strauss's Team in February 2020 from the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (SDCI) where Amanda managed the Tenant Services Planning grants for the City of Seattle. Prior to that, Amanda worked in compliance at SDCI, enforcing the City's Landlord/Tenant laws. Amanda also worked for King County's Department of Community and Human Services and has a diverse background in many areas including healthcare, homelessness, and housing. She currently staffs Transportation, Labor, Housing, Utilities and Civil Rights.

When not working you can find her volunteering, spending time with her loved ones, or cheering on the Seattle Sounders!

Noah An

Noah An

Legislative Assistant

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Noah An was raised in Woodinville, WA before moving to Seattle to study political science at the University of Washington. Noah has previously worked in the offices of Councilmembers Rob Johnson and Abel Pacheco. Prior to joining Council staff, he interned for Senator Patty Murray in Washington, D.C., was elected a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and held various leadership positions in Democratic Party organizations. Passionate about promoting progressive change, Noah is excited to support Councilmember Strauss' work on land use, neighborhoods, and transportation, as well as coordinating his in-district presence. In his free time, Noah is a Seattle sports fan, avid re-watcher of The Office, and an explorer the Pacific Northwest.

Lena Tebeau

Lena Tebeau

Legislative Assistant

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Lena Tebeau is passionate about serving the needs of District 6 after a long career in public service. In her current role for Councilmember Dan Strauss, Lena schedules and is responsible for Parks, Libraries, Education, and constituent casework related to community spaces. Lena previously worked as a Legislative Aide for Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, working on issues related to age friendly cities, parks and public assets, and youth justice issues.

Lena is passionate about mentoring at-risk youth and assisting her aged neighbors. One of 7 siblings, Lena grew up traveling around the country based on her dad's Army assignments. Lena holds a BA from Evergreen State College.

Kate Hoffman

Kate Hoffman

Policy Advisor

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Kate joins Councilmember Strauss' office with a wealth of experience from state government and an in-depth understanding of our city. She previously worked on early learning and child welfare policy at the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families, served many District 6 residents as legislative aide to State Senator Reuven Carlyle, and has experience with community behavioral health services working at Navos Mental Health Solutions.

Born and raised in Seattle, Kate lives with her husband, new baby, and dog Bartlet. In her free time you'll probably find Kate working on various home renovation projects and adding to her power tool collection. She holds a BA from Scripps College in California and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Washington. Go dogs!

Issue Areas

  • Human Services
  • Homelessness
  • Public Safety
  • Economic Development