About Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda

Teresa Mosqueda is a third-generation Mexican-American, and comes to Seattle City Council following a long career effectively advocating for working families. Her calling for public service began as a child, where she learned first-hand what it means to stand up for the most vulnerable, and to fight for transformational change from her parents.

As a child, she made signs for rallies and protests, and watched her parents and community organizers plan actions and events around the dining room table. Her first job was helping low income Latino seniors receive access to healthcare, housing and transportation at Sea Mar. Struck by the inequities of the healthcare system, Teresa went on to change it.

During her time with the Children’s Alliance, she led the implementation of Apple Health for Kids to cover every kiddo in our state, helping ensure no child is turned away from the healthcare they need. Most recently, as the Political and Strategic Campaign Director of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Teresa worked to advance immigrant and refugee rights, enact worker protections, and protect workplace safety. She is proud to have drafted and later lead the campaign to pass, Initiative 1433, guaranteeing paid sick and safe leave for all workers in our state, and raising the minimum wage for all low-wage working families.

Teresa brings this collaborative, results-oriented approach to City Council, and looks forward to working with all communities for a more equitable, affordable city.