Councilmember Mike O'Brien's Staff
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Jasmine comes to Councilmember O'Brien's office having served as Community Organizer for UNITE HERE Local 8, a union advocating for the rights of hotel and food service workers. There she led the organization's community outreach program and engaged in issues addressing income inequality in the Seattle area. Jasmine earned a Bachelor's Degree at the University of Washington, and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School. After law school, Jasmine worked at a grassroots human rights organization called Ensaaf, dedicated to ending impunity for mass state crimes in India.
Outside of work, Jasmine is active in the local Sikh community, a volunteer with the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, and a board member of Got Green. Jasmine is a proud Northwest native, and enjoys spending time at local dog parks with her husband (and her dog).
Jasmine will be working on a wide variety of issues (like us all), including minimum wage, environment, sustainability and a few land use issues.
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Jesse comes to Councilmember O'Brien's Office as a recent graduate from the University of Washington's School of Social Work, where he studied public policy and administration with an emphasis on the connection between individual experiences and structural inequities. During the program, he concentrated on housing and homelessness and completed a fellowship in Mayor Ed Murray's Office conducting research, outreach, and project management. In Seattle, he also led outreach for Lorena Gonzalez's successful City Council campaign for the first Latinx person elected. Jesse has also earned a Bachelor of Sociology from Georgia State University, which grounded his work with an intersectional lens for social justice.
Originally from the South, Jesse previously resided in Georgia where he was an active community organizer advancing LGBTQ rights. This leadership earned Jesse recognition as on the top 50 LGBTQ activists by an Atlanta publication. In Seattle, Jesse is active in the local LGBTQ community and is an executive member of the Capitol Hill Community Council. He also enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with his husband and dog.
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Susie returned to Seattle to join Councilmember O'Brien's office after completing her MPH at UC-Berkeley. Most recently, she worked at the Alameda County Public Health Department on the local policy initiative to address health and equity in policymaking around housing, equitable development and anti-displacement efforts. She also worked with Human Impact Partners to coordinate a cohort of health department staff from across the country interested in working on the policy level to address health equity.
Prior to graduate school, Susie worked as a community organizer in Seattle at Washington Community Action Network, a grassroots community organization focused on racial and economic justice. She also worked at CASA Latina, an immigrant day laborer and domestic worker organization. Susie hails from the Midwest and earned her BA in History and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. When not working, she likes to hike, swim in Lake Washington, and look for sea mammals in the Puget Sound.
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LaKecia joined Councilmember O'Brien's office after having served as the Data and Campaign Manager for Win/Win, a network dedicated to advancing social, racial, and economic equity throughout Washington State. She worked with community-based organizations, advocacy groups, labor, and non-profits to advance their campaigns and manage coalitions. Previously, she studied Philosophy and Political Science at Washington State University where she served as Vice-President of the student body. There, LaKecia focused on community relations, equity in housing, and sexual violence advocacy. At the age of 20, she ran for Pullman City Council to further the relations between the Pullman community and the University.
Currently, LaKecia works to develop and empower young people throughout Washington State. She serves as the President of the Young Democrats of Washington and serves on the Institute for a Democratic Future board. Outside of work, LaKecia enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest and cheering on the WSU women's rugby team.