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Current members of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission:

Brendan W. Donckers, 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 is the vice president of the Northwest Justice Project's Board of Trustees and also serves on the boards of the Northwest Consumer Law Center and the Alliance for Pioneer Square. He is a member of the Pioneer Square Preservation Board and volunteers regularly with the KCBA's Housing Justice Project. Mr. Donckers previously worked as a staff attorney in the Washington Supreme Court Commissioner's 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 reappointed to the Commission by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council in 2017 to a term that expires December 31, 2019.

Hardeep Singh Rekhi, Vice Chair, 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.

Nick Brown is a Partner with Pacifica Law Group LLP, where he focuses on assisting public and private clients with complex civil and regulatory litigation, municipal law, public policy, and political matters. He is a former Army JAG attorney who spent six years in the U.S. Attorney's office in Seattle, and served as the General Counsel and principal legal advisor to Washington Governor Jay Inslee from 2013-17. Mr. Brown is a board member of the Washington Leadership Institute, the Campaign for Equal Justice, and Treehouse, and serves as a trustee to the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Government from Morehouse College and earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Mr. Brown was appointed by the Mayor in April 2018 to a term ending December 31, 2020

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 Attorney's 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 2017 to a term that expires December 31, 2020.

Eileen Norton 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 reappointed to the Commission by the City Council in 2017 to a term that expires December 31, 2019.

Richard Shordt is Senior Corporate Counsel with the Compliance and Ethics group at T-Mobile. He provides legal and compliance advise to senior business leaders on government ethics, whistleblower protection, state and local lobbying, and pay-to-play matters. He is also the primary legal counsel responsible for directing and managing privileged internal investigations into ethical, legal, and other violations of T-Mobile�s Code of Business Conduct and related company policies. Before joining T-Mobile, Mr. Shordt spent nearly seven years practicing law in Seattle and Washington, DC where he developed a sophisticated practice representing clients in connection with civil and criminal litigation, as well as responding to inquiries from federal and state regulators and law enforcement agencies. Prior to moving to Seattle Mr. Shordt spent nearly a decade on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC as a legislative aide where he managed the legislative priorities, served as a policy advisor and liaison to federal agencies and industry representatives, and ensured staff compliance with applicable ethics rules and guidelines for two Members of Congress. Mr. Shordt was appointed by the City Council in 2019 for a term that expires December 31, 2021.

Susan Taylor Susan served as Chief Compliance Counsel for Fluke Corporation and Tektronix Inc., both global electronics manufacturers, from 2013 to 2018. She focused on building a compliance program to prevent corruption, particularly in high risk countries such as China, Brazil, Russia and India, and overseeing the whistleblower program to ensure fair and thorough investigations of employee complaints. She continues to serve as Interim Compliance Counsel for Tektronix on a part-time basis. Previously, Susan was General Counsel at eMagin Corporation, Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Washington Mutual, Inc. and Partner at Foster Pepper PLLC. She graduated with a degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and a law degree from U.C. Berkeley. She volunteers in the King County Neighborhood Legal Clinic program and has lived in Seattle since 1985.

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 October 30, 2018.

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