Councilmember Mike O'Brien's Staff

Susie Levy

Susie Levy

Legislative Aide

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susie.levy@seattle.gov

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.

Alisha Dall'osto

Alisha Dall'osto

Legislative Assistant

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Alisha Dall’Osto is returning as a graduate work study student, who will be transitioning to full time this summer. She will be primarily just staffing ADUs for now, and when she graduates we’ll probably add on a bunch more stuff. Alisha is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the University of Washington Evans School, graduating in June. Before returning to graduate school, she ran her own business for twelve years in Seattle, teaching visual arts and creative problem solving to students in dozens of schools across the district. Her commitment to education justice has expanded to include community economic development, public finance, and housing policy. Alisha enjoys drawing, painting, laughing with her son, and planting seeds. Her preferred pronouns are she/her.

Issues

  • Land Use and Housing (including ADUs)
Leslie Daniels

Leslie Daniels

Legislative Assistant

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Leslie comes from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods where she served as the Seattle Youth Commission Coordinator and facilitated opportunities for commissioners to engage the youth community and advise on the hiring of Seattle’s Chief of Police, the Family Education and Early Learning Levy, and the Seattle Public Schools Skills Center. Before joining the City of Seattle, Leslie managed the Clear Path to Employment program at the Accelerator YMCA, which offered paid work experience and job readiness training to youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in the Seattle/King County. Her work included program development and advising King County on contract policies related to housing, education, and employment that was directly impacting participant success. Leslie is a New Orleans native dedicated to social justice advocacy and community-centric policy advising that help people thrive, especially those most marginalized. She helped launch the UW Communication Leaders for Equity, Access, and Representation student group, where she co-leads the strategy and implementation of student and faculty engagement for the graduate program. Currently, she is a Communications Leadership graduate student at the University Washington with a focus in Communities and Networks. She uses she/her pronouns.

Issues

  • Civil Rights
  • Homelessness
  • Criminal Legal System
  • Human Services
  • Education
  • Communications
Lavanya Madhusudan

Lavanya Madhusudan

Legislative Assistant

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Lavanya (pronounced LAH-vun-ya) is excited to join Mike O’Brien’s team after working as a community organizer, health and social justice advocate and Legislative analyst. She has worked on a variety of issues, including environmental justice, criminal justice, jobs, and health in the United States and India. Since moving to Seattle in 2017, she has volunteered with Got Green and Social Justice Fund and worked at the Beacon Food Forest to advance food, environmental and racial justice in the Pacific Northwest. She earned MSW and MPH degrees from the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University and BA from the University of Pennsylvania. When not dreaming and scheming towards a more just world, she enjoys reading, hosting potlucks and game nights and exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. She uses she/her pronouns.

Issues

  • Sustainability
  • Environment
  • City Light
  • Seattle Public Utilities
  • Economic Development
  • Arts
Kelli Refer

Kelli Refer

Legislative Assistant

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Kelli Refer is an experienced community organizer who aims to make the city of Seattle a welcoming and wonderful place to live. She recently worked for five years at the Cascade Bicycle Club doing volunteer engagement, advocacy, and policy work. She passionate about making transportation easier and safer for people taking transit, walking and biking. In her free time, Kelli loves to camp with her family and look at all the beautiful flowers blooming on neighborhood walks. She uses she/her pronouns.

Issues

  • Transportation
  • Parks
  • Seattle Center
  • Libraries