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
Michael Maddux

Michael Maddux

Legislative Assistant / Policy Researcher

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Michael Maddux serves as a Legislative Assistant and lead policy advisor in Councilmember Mosqueda’s office, with a particular focus on housing, homelessness, tax policy, and parks. Maddux is a staunch advocate for more affordable housing and equitable investment in Seattle, bringing that perspective to the Parks Legacy Committee and helping the campaign implement permanent funding for parks and community centers in Seattle. Most recently, this included managing the 2016 Seattle Housing Levy campaign, increasing investment in affordable homes across Seattle.

Maddux has worked as a civil litigation paralegal for most of the last twelve years, with an emphasis on civil rights, protecting foster children from abusive homes, and going after insurers who take advantage of consumers in Washington. He brings his research and writing skills, also on display at the blog he founded, #Hashtag, to Council Member Mosqueda’s office.

Maddux was born in Seattle, and grew up in Snohomish County, where he cut his teeth in organizing and advocacy as a teenager opposing a sweeping teen curfew in Marysville, Washington. Since then, he has dedicated much of his life to service, working to connect high-risk and homeless youth with safe housing and services while working for Planned Parenthood, serving at the bargaining table as a rank-and-file member of UFCW 1001, and as a member of the Parks Levy Oversight Committee from 2010-2015.

Issue Areas

  • Affordable Housing
  • Tenant & Landlord
  • Homelessness
  • Energy (Seattle City Light) & Seattle Public Utilities
  • Parks and Public Assets
  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Pedestrians, Cyclists, and Transit Riders
  • Technology and Broadband
  • Environment and Sustainability
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