Councilmember Mike O'Brien's Staff

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Jasmine Marwaha

Legislative Aide

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jasmine.marwaha@seattle.gov

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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Sarra Tekola

Legislative Aide

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sarra.tekola@seattle.gov

Sarra graduated cum laude from the University of Washington last June, with bachelors in environmental science. She is a McNair Scholar and a UNCF-Merck Scholar, and has received numerous other scholarships and awards for her academic achievements. Her interest in politics has grown out of her work on climate change. While at the UW, she was active in UW divestment campaign that moved $25 million into renewable energy and divested from coal, and was a leader in the campaign that won a $3 million racial equity fund at UW. Sarra frequently gives speeches and lectures about her climate advocacy at rallies, schools and prisons. She also volunteers with the Seattle environmental justice organization Got Green.

Sarra will be taking over constituent relations and scheduling, as well as working on policy related to environmental issues and civil rights.

Jesse Perrin

Jesse Perrin

Legislative Aide

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jesse.perrin@seattle.gov

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.

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.