Who We Are
The Seattle Human Rights Commission consists of 16 representative residents of Seattle appointed to serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor, City Council, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, and other Seattle City departments in matters affecting human rights. Seven commissioners are appointed by the Mayor and seven appointments are made by the City Council. The Commission appoints the 15th member. Commissioners are appointed to a two year term of office and serve without pay. A 16th member joins the Commission each year through Get Engaged, a leadership development program for 18-29 year olds.
The Seattle Office for Civil Rights provides staff and support to the Commission.
Meet Our Commissioners
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Ashley Miller is a Seattle-area native and graduate of the University of Washington, where she discovered her passion for community organizing and social justice. She seeks to be a force for change by actively building her skills as a servant-leader and creating spaces and opportunity for community empowerment. Ashley has spent her career in youth development, serving as the Executive Director of the Service Board from 2008-2014. She currently manages the community giving and volunteer programs for evo.
Through this work, she has supported collective impact efforts and sought to build trust and accountability in the nonprofit sector. She has served on several advisory boards, currently working with FEEST, the United Way of King County's Youth Impact Council and the HUB Leadership Board at the University of Washington. Ashley is excited to work with the Seattle Human Rights Commission to evaluate and influence policies that ensure our city is meeting Human Rights Standards.
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Edlira became interested in human rights during the Ethnic Albanian Genocide, while working as an interpreter for refugees from Kosovo. Her local involvement in human rights has been through both, direct service and policy work. Edlira currently works in Government & Community Relations at Vulcan Inc. Most recently, she worked at the Washington State Legislature, serving as staff in the State Senate and House of Representatives.
Prior to her work in government, Edlira spent nine years working with various local non-profits. While working as a Housing Counselor for Solid Ground, she developed an advocacy curriculum for formerly incarcerated adults to self-organize, in advocating for the Jobs Assistance Ordinance, addressing some of the barriers to employment rights for those with previous conviction and arrest records in the City of Seattle.
Edlira graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in International Studies and a minor in French. She also serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), for youth in foster care, with the King County Superior Court. Edlira looks forward to serving on the Commission, where she will focus primarily on addressing human rights violations in immigrant detention centers, youth violence prevention, forced labor and human trafficking, and incarceration rates in minority populations.
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Lara works as a consultant in the international economic development arena as Senior Associate for Organizational Development with Iris Group Inc., and also as sole proprietor of Salaga Partners, LLC, specializing in strategic planning, and organizational capacity development for market-sustained program design and implementation. Lara teaches as an adjunct for Seattle University's Masters of Non Profit Leadership program. Born and raised in King George VA and Columbus OH, she earned her BA in International Relations from Grinnell College and a combined MA/MBA from Yale University. She is currently pursuing a certificate in Rental Housing Development Finance. A fluent Spanish speaker, she lived for seven years in Nicaragua which she considers her second home. Lara serves on the SHRC's Political and Civil Rights Task Force, and is excited to be a part of such a dynamic Commission supporting such a diverse human rights agenda here at home in the City of Seattle.
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Sarah is a human rights advocate whose focus includes local, state and international human rights policy. Sarah became involved in human rights issues while a student at Oberlin College, where she graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in Political Science. She has served as a community organizer for OneAmerica, working with immigrants who experienced racial profiling on Washington's border with Canada, and engaging youth to speak with their elected representatives. Prior to OneAmerica, she spent two years in El Salvador coordinating human rights advocacy in response to increased violence toward local activists and community leaders. Currently, Sarah works at the Pipeline Project at the University of Washington. There, she brings her passion for education access and community partnerships to connect undergraduate students with service opportunities in Seattle schools. Sarah is delighted to promote equal opportunity and justice as part of the Seattle Human Right Commission.