Councilmember González's Staff

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Brianna Thomas

Brianna Thomas

Chief of Staff

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Brianna.Thomas@seattle.gov

Brianna Thomas has worked with Council President Gonzalez since her first day in office. Prior to joining Council President Gonzalez’s team, Brianna worked in the Washington State Legislature, with the Church Council of Greater Seattle, for the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance Advocacy Fund, and managed several candidate and progressive issue campaigns. She is most proud of her wins on the nation leading “Yes! For SeaTac”, which established the nations first $15 minimum wage via the ballot; and “Honest Elections” that ushered in Seattle’s Democracy Voucher program.

A graduate of the University of Washington, she currently serves as the President’s Chief of Staff and focuses her advocacy on labor standards, criminal legal systems reform, and inter-governmental relations.

In 2017, Brianna was the lead staff assigned to the Police Accountability Ordinance, championed by community stakeholders, including the Community Police Commission. She was also instrumental in staffing the development of the Surveillance Technology Ordinance and Secure Scheduling Ordinance.

In her spare time Brianna enjoys trying out new recipes from the latest Cook's Illustrated, spending time by the water, and reading as many books as she can. Also, there is a special place in her heart for Senior Centers!

Issue Areas

  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Criminal Legal System Alignment
  • Labor Relations
  • State & Federal Policy
  • Transportation Network Companies (TNCs)
Cody Reiter

Cody Reiter

Deputy Chief of Staff

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Cody.Reiter@seattle.gov

Cody Reiter joined Councilmember Gonzalez's team in 2016 after moving to Seattle from the East Coast. Cody was raised in Connecticut, earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis and later lived in Queens, NY, while working for a New York City Council Member. His family's roots are here in the Pacific Northwest, and he moved to Seattle to be closer to his extended family. In non-COVID times he is an avid hiker, traveler and rec league hockey player. While his professional sports allegiances remain in New York, he is thrilled for the impending arrival of the Kraken.

Issue Areas

  • Homelessness
  • Human Services
  • Police Accountability
  • Budget & Finance
  • Public Safety
  • Transportation

Additional Languages

  • Spanish
Vy Nguyen

Vy Nguyen

Senior Policy Advisor

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Vy.Nguyen@seattle.gov

Vy Nguyen comes to Councilmember M. Lorena González's office with years of experience in community development, organizing, policy advocacy as well as running her family's small business for more than a decade. She attended UW and earned a BA in Political Science and MA in Policy Studies (with service in Peace Corps Azerbaijan and other adventures in between); Vy aspires to ground her work on issues through lenses gained from working in community and at local non-profits OneAmerica and White Center Community Development Association.

Born and raised in the Seattle-area, Vy and her huge family have been cheering on the Seahawks well before they became bilingual in English. In her free time, Vy is probably cooking something in her Instant Pot, a doting auntie to two little ones under 5, exploring Seattle's bike network on her e-bike, or moving heavy kettlebells.

Issue Areas

  • Homelessness
  • Housing
  • Land Use
  • Urban Design
  • Economic Development
  • Education and Early Learning
  • Immigrant & Refugee Affairs
  • Media Interviews / Inquiries
  • Sustainability

Additional Languages

  • Vietnamese