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Esther Handy, Legislative Aide

Esther Handy

Esther Handy came to Councilmember O'Brien's office from the Office of the King County Executive where she served as a policy analyst under Executives Ron Sims and Kurt Triplett. As staff to the County's Equity and Social Justice Initiative, Esther worked across departments and with communities to begin applying an equity lens to County policy and decision-making. Most recently she coordinated the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine plan for Public Health, Seattle and King County. Esther has a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor's degree from Wellesley College. In her free time, you can find Esther running, biking, or swimming in the Green Lake neighborhood, organizing for racial justice with some of Seattle's finest activists, or relaxing inside with a knitting project. Born and raised in Olympia, she is happy to be back living and working in the Pacific Northwest.


Josh Fogt, Legislative Aide

Josh Fogt

Josh Fogt joins Councilmember O'Brien's office having served as Public Policy Manager for the statewide hunger relief organization, Northwest Harvest. There he helped develop a new advocacy program that engages state and federal lawmakers in support of policies to fight hunger and poverty. Josh is originally from Minnesota where he attended Macalester College and received Bachelors degrees ineconomics and philosophy. He spent four years in Washington, DC working for Peter D. Hart Research Associates, a leading public opinion research firm. In 2007 Josh moved to Seattle to pursue a Masters in Public Health at the University of Washington. In the community-based public health practice track, he studied the social determinants of health and health disparities while organizing for health, equity and social justice. In his free time, Josh is active in Seattle's anti-racist organizing movement and likes to spend weekends biking, playing soccer or hiking and exploring the beauty of the Northwest.


Jasmine Marwaha, Legislative Aide

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Jasmine comes to Councilmember O'Brien's office having served as Community Organizer for UNITE HERE Local 8, a union advocating for the rights of hotel and food service workers. There she led the organization's community outreach program and engaged in issues addressing income inequality in the Seattle area. Jasmine earned a Bachelor's Degree at the University of Washington, and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School. After law school, Jasmine worked at a grassroots human rights organization called Ensaaf, dedicated to ending impunity for mass state crimes in India.

Outside of work, Jasmine is active in the local Sikh community, a volunteer with the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, and a board member of Got Green. Jasmine is a proud Northwest native, and enjoys spending time at local dog parks with her husband (and her dog).

Jasmine will be working on a wide variety of issues (like us all), including minimum wage, environment, sustainability and a few land use issues.

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