Josh Fogt, Legislative Aide
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
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.
Sarra Tekola, Legislative Aide
Sarra graduated cum laude from the University of Washington last June, with bachelors in environmental science. She is a McNair Scholar and a UNCF-Merck Scholar, and has received numerous other scholarships and awards for her academic achievements. Her interest in politics has grown out of her work on climate change. While at the UW, she was active in UW divestment campaign that moved $25 million into renewable energy and divested from coal, and was a leader in the campaign that won a $3 million racial equity fund at UW. Sarra frequently gives speeches and lectures about her climate advocacy at rallies, schools and prisons. She also volunteers with the Seattle environmental justice organization Got Green.
Sarra will be taking over constituent relations and scheduling, as well as working on policy related to environmental issues and civil rights.