Councilmember Tammy J. Morales' Staff

Alexis Turla

Alexis Turla

Chief of Staff

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Alexis Turla serves as the Chief of Staff to Councilmember Morales. Alexis is a self-proclaimed bureaucratic activist with over 20 years of governmental and public policy experience. She started her public policy journey with the Missouri Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and Lifelong AIDS Alliance. Continuing her passion to provide opportunity and access for all, Alexis served as Executive Policy Advisor to Governor Gregoire and as Director of the Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise. Recently, Alexis was the Government Affairs Director at Forterra.

Alexis is a die hard Wolverine (Go Blue!). She graduated from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor with a BA in Anthropology and a BA in Women’s Studies, and a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law. She loves hanging at her Afro-Pinoy home in Rainier Beach with her husband, Rodolfo, and dogs, Kitsune, Akiko, and Totoro.

Issue Areas

  • Office Civil Rights
  • Government(Auditor, OIR, OLS, FAS)
  • Budget (CBO)
  • Planning (OPCD & PSRC), Judicial, Land Use
  • Human Services & Public Health
  • Conservation & Food Policy
  • Parks/Seattle Center
LaKecia Farmer

LaKecia Farmer

Policy Analyst

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LaKecia joins Councilmember Morales' office with policy experience in the criminal legal system and public safety, transportation, land use, equitable development, and other issues involving racial equity and social justice. Her previous work also involved outreach, engagement, and coalition-building with community-based organizations, advocacy groups, labor and non-profits. She hopes to bring these experiences to ensure District 2 has a voice and power within City Hall.

Issue Areas

  • Economic Development
  • Equitable Development
  • Office of Housing
  • Public Safety / Criminal Legal System
  • Sustainability / Green New Deal
  • Transportation
Devin Silvernail

Devin Silvernail

Legislative Assistant / Community Outreach

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Devin Comes to Councilmember Morales' office with experience as an advocate for tenant rights and rights of houseless neighbors. Most recently, Devin was Executive Director of homelessness and renter services nonprofit Be:Seattle. He was also Co-Chair of the Seattle Renters' Commission. Prior to that, he worked as a community, tenant, and political organizer, and as a Constituent Services Aide for a City/County Supervisor in San Francisco. Through this previous work, Devin gained a deep appreciation for constituent issues. He firmly believes that action at City Hall starts with activism in the community and is excited to amplify the voices of District 2.

Issue Areas

  • Film and Music
  • Arts and Culture
  • SDCI and Renters' Rights
  • Department of Neighborhoods
  • Utilities (Seattle City Light & Seattle Public Utilities)
  • Homelessness
Darozyl Touch

Darozyl Touch

Legislative Assistant

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Darozyl Touch is a second generation Khmer American liberatory educator and community organizer born and raised in the South End of Seattle. She has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Seattle University, a Master's in Teaching (Secondary Education) from the University of Washington, and is a lifelong student of politics, philosophy, history, and spirituality. She is particularly passionate about creating transformative educational pathways for the brilliant young people she has served in Rainier Beach, who ground her in this current work to transform the material conditions of D2 communities of color who have been historically marginalized by government institutions.

Issue Areas

  • Elections
  • Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs
  • Public Safety / Criminal Legal System
  • Education
  • Libraries
  • Native Issues
  • Scheduling
Mahilet Mesfin

Mahilet Mesfin

Intern

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Mahilet is currently attending University of Washington, studying International Development and Economics, with a minor in Human Rights. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, she moved to Seattle at the age of two and has lived in the New Holly/Rainer Beach region her whole life. She volunteered at the Ethiopian Community Center as a camp counselor and helped lead English and Cultural classes for immigrant families. The previous year, she worked as a College and Career Readiness Assistant for the University’s Dream Project, tutoring and facilitating student programs for K-12 schools. Mahilet is on the board for her University’s Black Student Union, Pre-Black Law Student Association and plays an active role in social advocacy on and off campus.