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Current members of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission:

Eileen Norton, Chair, is Director of Project Management for Pacific Coast Canola. She previously held several positions in the public sector, including Deputy District Attorney in Yamhill County, Oregon, Assistant City Attorney and Assistant City Auditor for the City of Seattle, and as Assistant General Counsel for the Seattle Monorail Project. Ms. Norton spent 2 years in the Republic of Belau as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She also serves as Board President for Southwest Youth and Family Services and coached high school softball for 6 years. Ms. Norton earned her B.A. from the University of Cincinnati and her J.D. from the University of Oregon. Ms. Norton was appointed to the Commission by the City Council and was confirmed on September 8, 2014 to a term that expires December 31, 2016.

Brendan W. Donckers, Vice Chair, practices state and federal court litigation at Breskin Johnson and Townsend in Seattle. His practice focuses on consumer protection, civil rights, class actions, and appeals. Mr. Donckers volunteers regularly with the Northwest Justice Project and the King County Bar Associations Housing Justice Project. He is President of the Board of Directors for the Historic South Downtown Community Preservation and Development Authority and represented Pioneer Square on the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Programs Advisory Committee on Tolling and Traffic Management. Mr. Donckers previously worked as a staff attorney in the Washington Supreme Court Commissioners Office, provided policy counsel to the House Democratic Caucus on environmental issues, and worked on a global security initiative with the United Nations Foundation in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2007 and was the Valedictorian of Santa Clara University in 2002. Mr. Donckers was appointed to the Commission by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council on September 8, 2014 to a term that expires December 31, 2016.

Charlene Angeles is an of counsel attorney at InVigor Law Group. Her practice focuses on business formation and governance, dispute resolution, and litigation. She volunteers for the King County Bar Association and Snohomish County Bar Association. Ms. Angeles also serves on the boards of the Filipino Lawyers of Washington and Fuse Washington. In the past, she has served on the Steering Committee of Fair Elections Seattle. She graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2011 and from UCLA in 2006. Ms. Angeles was appointed by the City Council in August 2015 to fill a vacancy and was reappointed in December of 2015 to a term ending December 31, 2018.

Bruce Carter is a 1968 graduate of the Stanford law School who was previously graduated from the University of Washington in Economics. He retired from the United States Attorneys Office in 2001, having specialized in prosecuting criminal public corruption, fraud and elections law cases. More recently he served as a Municipal Court Judge pro tem. He was previously a Board member of the Municipal League of King County where he served as Board Chair in 2008. Mr. Carter was appointed to the Commission by the City Council in 2012. He was reappointed by the City Council in 2014 to a term that expires December 31, 2017.

Alexandra McKay is the Deputy Director of the Schultz Family Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, she was the EVP & Chief Counsel at Casey Family Programs and her work included governance, ethics, lobbying and compliance issues. Her background includes both government and private sector experience as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, and as an attorney at a large law firm. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A., received her law degree from Stanford University Law School, and has an L.L.M. from the University of Washington. Ms. McKay was appointed by the Mayor in January of 2016 and is serving a term that expires on December 31, 2017.

Vickie Rawlins is Director of Legal Affairs and Compliance for T-Mobile USA. She previously held several positions in state and local government and practiced law at Perkins Coie LLC. Ms. Rawlins is a founding Board member of the Center for Children & Youth Justice and served on the Board of the Municipal League of King County. Ms. Rawlins earned her A.B. from Princeton University and her J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law. Ms. Rawlins was appointed by the other six Commissioners and was confirmed by the City Council on January 25, 2016 to a term that expires December 31, 2018.

Hardeep Singh Rekhi is an owner and partner of Rekhi & Wolk, P.S. His practice focuses on immigration, individual employee rights as well as class action wage and hour litigation. While Mr. Rekhi was born and raised in Seattle, he has not lost touch with his immigrant roots. He is an advocate for immigrants both in his professional capacity and through his work as a past board member of Oneamerica, an organization recognized nationally as leader in immigrants rights movement. Mr. Rekhi is dedicated to advocating for a fair judicial systems for individuals. Currently he sits on the board for the Washington Employment Lawyers Association (WELA), an organization of plaintiffs employment lawyers. He is also a board member for The South Asian Bar Association of Washington. He is an Eagle Member at Washington State Association for Justice. In 2015 he was sworn in as Judge pro tempore. Mr. Rekhi was appointed by the Mayor in December 2015 to a term ending December 31, 2018.

Please note that a Commissioner whose term has expired can continue to serve until a new appointment is made by the appropriate authority and confirmed by the City Council.

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Last updated March 1, 2016.

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