Councilmember Mosqueda's Staff

Sejal Parikh

Sejal Parikh

Chief of Staff

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Sejal Parikh serves as the Chief of Staff to Councilmember Mosqueda. Parikh most recently worked as the Executive Director of Working Washington, which has played a central role in several groundbreaking campaigns to advance workers' rights. Parikh led the strategy, policy, and mobilization effort which won Seattle’s landmark secure scheduling law for baristas, food service, and retail workers.

Previously, Parikh served as Working Washington’s fast food campaign director, in which role she was responsible for coordinating strategic mobilization, policy, and communications efforts from the first Seattle fast food strikes through the historic vote to pass the nation’s first citywide $15 minimum wage law. She has also led corporate accountability campaigns which helped close a state tax loophole benefitting JP Morgan Chase, and led efforts to ensure Amazon dropped out of ALEC and improved working conditions at its warehouses. Parikh was also closely involved with Working Washington’s landmark effort to organize workers and raise standards at Sea-Tac Airport.

Before joining Working Washington, Parikh developed policy that expanded health care access for homecare workers in Montana, and provided volunteer legislative support for a national cancer advocacy group. Parikh has a J.D. and an M.S in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and, although she has lived in Seattle for several years, still cheers for her Wolverines.

Issue Areas

  • Press/Media Inquiries
  • Workers’ Rights/Labor
  • Economic Development
  • Education and Early Learning
  • Gender Equity
  • Transportation
  • Budget
  • Intergovernmental Relations & Governance
Erin House

Erin House

Legislative Assistant / Policy Manager

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Erin serves as legislative assistant and policy manager to Councilmember Mosqueda, with a focus on policy in the areas of housing, land use, zoning, transportation, energy, and environment. House comes to Team Teresa from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, where she served as a Strategic Initiatives Advisor on major citywide and long-range initiatives, including Link light rail expansion and community planning projects. House worked alongside agency partners and within Seattle communities to develop and implement inclusive outreach and engagement strategies, advance racial equity, and bring community voice to the planning and policy development tables.

Before joining the City of Seattle, House served as Coalition and Outreach Manager for Seattle for Everyone, where she worked with a broad coalition of affordable housing developers and advocates, for-profit developers and businesses, labor organizations, environmentalists, and urbanists to advance the first-ever comprehensive package of affordable housing policies in Seattle, known as the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA).

Prior to her role with Seattle for Everyone, House worked with Futurewise, a statewide growth management and civic planning organization, on projects promoting equitable and environmentally sound housing, transportation, land use, and environmental policies, including leading the organization’s advocacy around the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan, with a focus on health equity, housing affordability, and climate resilience.

House has a Masters in Geography and Environmental Studies from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. She has worked on various environmental and social justice initiatives in Chicago, including habitat restoration with the Audubon Chicago Region and community organizing with the Illinois Hunger Coalition.

Issue Areas

  • Housing
  • Land Use
  • Zoning
  • Transportation
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Civic Development
Faride Cuevas

Faride Cuevas

Legislative Assistant / Office Manager

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Faride Cuevas serves as Legislative Assistant and lead office manager in Councilmember Mosqueda's office. Her scope of work includes clerk lead to the Housing, Health, Energy and Workers' Rights Committee policy related to early learning, long-term care, and immigrant rights.

Cuevas was born in Mexico, and grew up in the Skagit Valley. She began her career in public policy in the Washington State Legislature as a student intern while attending the University of Washington-Bothell. After her internship she was immediately hired as a Legislative Aide to State Representative Ortiz-Self. During this time, Cuevas worked on issues related to education, early learning, and human services.

Most recently, Cuevas worked as a Legislative Aide to King County Councilmember Kohl-Welles. Cuevas is an active member of the community, she is an alumni of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, a graduate of the Alene Moris National Education for Women's Leadership Institute, and an immigrant rights advocate.

Cuevas' passion for public policy has been shaped by her commitment to social justice and her experience working across different levels of government in Washington to make policymaking more responsive to community needs.

Issue Areas

  • Constituent Response
  • Health
  • Immigrant & Refugee Affairs
  • Human Services
  • Education and Early Learning
Aretha Basu

Aretha Basu

Legislative Assistant / Community Outreach

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Aretha Basu serves as Legislative Assistant and community outreach manager in Councilmember Mosqueda’s office. Basu was born to Indian Immigrant parents in Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania. At the age of 5 her family moved to Seattle and Basu spent the rest of her life growing up in the Central District. She graduated from Garfield High School and is a proud Bulldog. She went on to attend the University of Washington Bothell majoring in Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior. Basu spent most of her college career organizing on campus and building a movement for her school to open a Diversity Center that would serve marginalized students. After co- organizing multiple walkouts Basu and a group of student organizers successfully ran for Student Government on a social justice ticket that brought the Diversity Center to the forefront of the University’s agenda. After 3 long years of organizing and building coalitions among student groups they were successful in the opening of a Diversity Center. She was honored as one of the 2017 Husky 100 for her organizing work.

Basu has been an active anti- racist community organizer – organizing alongside and in community with a broad number of grassroots coalitions on issues related to Police Accountability, Anti-Youth Incarceration, and addressing Anti – Blackness in the API Community. She has been a fierce advocate for community led solutions that center the most marginalized. In 2015, Basu along with the co-organizers of Women of Color for Systemic Change were awarded Seattle Magazines Most Influential People.

After graduating this past June, Basu joined Councilmember Mosqueda’s campaign as the Field Director in the primary and went on to be Campaign Manager in the general election. She brings an intersectional community lens, extensive community organizing skills, and a passion for puns to Council Member Mosqueda’s office.

Issue Areas

  • Scheduling
  • Community Organizing
  • Civil Rights
  • Public Safety
Tiana Tinson

Tiana Tinson

Intern

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Tiana is a fourth year Political Science student at the University of Washington. Her prior experience includes working at the University of Washington Attorney General's Office, Vice President of the Black Student Union at Tacoma Community College and patient care at the Tacoma General Hospital.