About Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda

Councilmember Mosqueda’s top priority on City Council is promoting healthy communities.  She fights every day to build an economy that works for all of us, make sure we can afford to live in the city where we work, and protect the rights of every member of our City.  She has dedicated her life to amplifying the voices of our working families.

In her first seven months on City Council, Councilmember Mosqueda has passed 7 pieces of legislation that have broad-based and long-lasting impacts on our City and beyond.  As chair of the Housing, Health, Energy and Workers’ Rights (HHEWR) Committee, Councilmember Mosqueda works on ensuring that her committee hearings are accessible and equitable through three new policies: 1) legislation carried forward by Councilmember Mosqueda is brought by community members; 2) translation both into and out of English is available at HHEWR committee hearings; and, 3) community members who bring various pieces of legislation are invited to the committee table to present on their conversations and findings throughout the legislative process.

Housing

Councilmember Mosqueda’s commitment to working families includes ensuring all workers have fair access to affordable housing. This includes her support and collaboration with community and colleagues on the Mandatory Housing Affordability legislation, the Accessory Dwelling Unit legislation, and efforts to maximize production and preservation of permanently affordable housing. In her first six months, she led on legislation placing a moratorium on the use of rental bidding platforms to bid rents in Seattle, pending review of their intersections with our Fair Housing laws, and allowing the Office of Housing to procure properties to future affordable housing development, ensuring we can be nimble in the current market.

Councilmember Mosqueda is committed to creating more workforce housing – for workers across the income spectrum – and determined to increase affordable housing options for our low and middle income families in Seattle.

Health

Councilmember Mosqueda remains committed to maintaining affordable health coverage for our City’s residents.  As a member of the Board of Health that oversees Public Health Seattle/King County, and as chair of the committee covers health for the City, she has been engaging in conversation with key stakeholders who can help protect access to a full range of reproductive care services, access to care for low-income and immigrant communities, and maintaining critical services for our LGBTQ community. She continues to drive harm-reduction public health policy solutions to help address the opioid and addition crisis far too many Seattle families are dealing with. Additionally, Councilmember Mosqueda understands that our current homelessness crisis is a public health emergency.  By partnering with community health clinics and public health centers, as well as local private providers she plans on maintaining and expanding access to care and increasing access to mental health and substance abuse treatment services for all in our community.

Councilmember Mosqueda knows that in order to be healthy, families need both health insurance and housing and economic stability and is thus approaching all issues through a health lens.

Energy

Councilmember Mosqueda believes we must meet our energy and environmental conservation goals, ensuring our city remains a healthy place for generations to come. Arm-in-arm with advocates for green buildings, she advanced legislation that allows greater flexibility in contracts for green energy with City Light, and implementation of Energy Efficiency as a Service to more building retrofits in Seattle, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy efficiency for tenants.

Councilmember Mosqueda is advancing policies to ensure good living wage jobs are created in the green energy economy, promoting fiscally sound policies and oversight so that the public utility can continue to be solvent, and listening to community and industry experts about what we can do better in our rapidly growing city.

Workers’ Rights

Councilmember Mosqueda brings a decade of experience working with labor unions and working families to City Council.  As an elected, Councilmember Mosqueda is focusing on highlighting the needs of our most vulnerable working communities, including women, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities and the LGBTQ community.  In council, Councilmember Mosqueda is focusing on expanding labor standards and protections to workers historically left out, ensuring that we continue to lead the nation on labor policies that promote unions and middle class jobs, and improving education and enforcement to help level the playing field for good employers who are trying to do the right thing by their workers.

In her first six months, she has passed legislation to codify the ban on the use of sub-minimum wages for people with disabilities, leading Seattle to be the first city in the nation to eliminate the use of a sub-minimum wage for people with disabilities. Councilmember Mosqueda is leading the effort to pass a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights that makes sure that those who care for our kids, parents and homes, are cared for. She crafted legislation that brought hiring entities and domestic workers together to craft new protections and create a first of its kind Domestic Worker Standards Board, creating an ongoing dialogue and vehicle for policy change between domestic workers and people who hire domestic workers.

Councilmember Mosqueda knows that we all do better when workers do better – we see improved health outcomes, greater productivity, greater economic stability and shared prosperity. She will continue to be a champion for working families, union values and small businesses.

Other

Councilmember Mosqueda serves a board member of the Association of Washington Cities and sits on the City’s Small Business Advisory Council as well as the Citywide Anti-Harassment Inter-Departmental Team (“IDT”).

Her work on the IDT is informed by her lived experiences and the experiences of many of her family members and friends. Sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and intimidation are experienced at high rates among immigrants, workers of color and women. Councilmember Mosqueda is working to ensure the City takes a strong stand against sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace and that the City’s policies create more accountability and transparency.

In her role at the City, Councilmember Mosqueda led efforts to include funding in the City’s education levy for a childcare mentorship program, helping to ensure that we have affordable childcare options for our families while maintaining and expanding a skilled, well-trained and diverse workforce.

Let’s Make Policy Together!

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Bio & Background

After graduating from the University of Washington, Councilmember Mosqueda earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College.  Councilmember Mosqueda’s 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. Councilmember Mosqueda served as the consumer advocate on the WA Affordable Care Act Exchange Board, standing up and speaking out on behalf of working families, women, people of color, immigrants and low wage individuals. 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 led the campaign to pass Initiative 1433, guaranteeing paid sick and safe leave for all workers in our state as wel as raising the minimum wage for all low-wage working families.

Councilmember Mosqueda is a third-generation Mexican-American, the daughter of educators and social justice advocates.  She grew up fighting for our most vulnerable communities and has dedicated her career to making sure no one is left out or left behind. Born and raised in Washington State, Councilmember Mosqueda lives on Queen Anne with her husband.

Favorite TV show: America’s Funniest Home Videos (yes, really.)
Favorite food: avocados and chicken (everyday!)
Favorite color: purple (obviously! She wears it at least once a week)