Who We Are

The Commission is comprised of 15 members reflecting Seattle's workforce and businesses, and includes employees, employers and representatives from the community with a demonstrated concern and background in labor standards. 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.

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards provides staff and support to the Commission.

Meet Our Commissioners

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Andrew Beane

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 05/01/18 - 04/30/20

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Andrew Beane is the Director of Strategic Campaigns at SEIU 775. SEIU 775 represents more than 43,000 home care and nursing home workers in Washington and Montana and is a leader in advocating for low-wage worker issues across the region.

Andrew played key roles in campaigns to win $15 minimum wages in SeaTac and Seattle. He participated in the Labor Standards Advisory Group for the city of Seattle, working on compliance and enforcement policies for the new minimum wage law. Andrew also oversees a team that helps home care workers and nursing home workers join together into SEIU 775 to win a voice at work.

Andrew has been at SEIU 775 for over 10 years, and previously worked as a research analyst for SEIU in Ohio. He holds a Master’s Degree in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Anthony Burnett

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 05/01/18 - 04/30/20

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Anthony Burnett is the Principle Owner of MB Diversity LLC, which focuses on  staffing, recruiting and managed project resources. His professional background  includes Business Development and Account Management in the private sector for multiple Fortune 500 companies. Born and raised in Southern California he came to Washington to attend Washington State University. While there he  obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Neuroscience. Now living in Seattle, Anthony has volunteer experience as a youth coach and at other Multicultural Nonprofit organizations as an activist  for diversity and inclusion.  He currently serves on the Board of Here Seattle, Tabor 100 and NSHMBA.

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jeanie chunn

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 5/1/20 - 4/30/22
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Elizabeth Ford

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 05/01/19 - 04/30/21

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Elizabeth Ford is currently a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence At Seattle University School of Law. She has practiced labor and employment law for fifteen years, first as a partner at Schwerin Campbell Barnard and then as Chief Counsel for the Washington State Nurses Association. She has also served as the Director of Labor Relations for King County from 2008-2010. Ms. Ford serves frequently as a mediator and arbitrator primarily in labor and employment disputes. She is a member of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and Public Employment Relations Commission's panel of arbitrators and sits regularly as arbitrator in labor and employment disputes.

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Gay Gilmore

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 05/01/19 - 04/30/21
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Samantha Grad

Member
Appointed by: Council
Term: 05/01/20 - 04/30/22

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Samantha Grad is the Political and Legislative Organizer for UFCW21, the     largest local union in Washington State, representing over 10,000 workers who live or work in Seattle in grocery, retail healthcare and other industry jobs (and over 46,000 workers statewide). Samantha worked on policy, research, and field mobilization for the Seattle Secure Scheduling and the Statewide effort for Paid Sick and Safe Leave and a higher Minimum Wage. She also has organized workers in various industries throughout Washington State for the past 8 years. Samantha enjoys rulemaking and romantic comedies and lives in West Seattle above a union grocery store.

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Nicole Grant

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 05/01/18 - 04/30/20

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Nicole Grant was elected Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the M. L. King County Labor Council (MLKCLC) in October 2015, making her the first woman to lead King County’s largest labor organization. She began her apprenticeship with IBEW Local 46, earning a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington at the same time, and then working for several years on commercial, industrial and residential electrical installations. Prior to leading MLKCLC, Nicole was the Executive Director of the Certified Electrical Workers of Washington, leading its political programs and lobbying in support of working family legislation.

llona Lohrey

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 5/1/20 - 4/30/22

Betsy McFeely

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 5/1/19 - 4/20/21

Artie Nosrati

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 05/01/20 - 04/30/22

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Artie Nosrati is the Field Director at Working Washington. Artie has organized workers in many industries including fast food, airport, and home healthcare. He has worked on campaigns to raise the minimum wage including $15 minimum wage in Seatac and Seattle, the statewide minimum wage increase and paid sick leave, the Seattle Secure Scheduling Ordinance, corporate accountability campaigns, and other campaigns for economic justice. Artie's most relevant experience, however, is growing up with a single mother struggling on minimum wage and working low-wage jobs himself for many years.

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Will Pittz

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 05/01/19 - 04/30/21
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Marilyn Watkins

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 05/01/19 - 04/30/21