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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Alia Abboud

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

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Alia Abboud has been a small business owner and community member in the greater Seattle area for over 17 years. After the loss of her husband, Alia overcame many obstacles and challenges that life presented her, but none were more challenging than raising her five children, taking full responsibility of all business related items and maintaining her commitment to the community. Her hard work, strength and dedication has given her the ability to succeed and create a bright future for herself and others around her. Alia is very active in the community and believes in giving back; she donates to a large number of organizations, schools, and community fundraisers. Along with her dedication to the community, she strongly believes in taking care of those within her organization. She is continually implementing programs within her buisness to help her employees build a successful future. Alia's organization includes 137 dedicated team members who receive unlimited support when it comes to their education, health, and personal needs. Alia loves the Pacific Northwest and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteering, traveling, cooking, and exercising.

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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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Kellis Borek

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 05/01/17 - 04/30/19

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Kellis Borek is General Counsel and Vice President of Labor & Legal Services at Archbright, a member-based organization serving over 1000 employers in Washington and Idaho. Kellis has over 30 years of experience as practicing attorney in employment and labor law. At Archbright, she negotiates labor contracts for employers and provides advice concerning compliance with wage and hour, leave laws, civil rights and discrimination, and current labor and employment regulations. Previously, she was in private practice in Seattle where she specialized in business and employment law. Having earned her B.A. from Washington State University and her J.D. from Seattle University, she is currently licensed to practice in Washington and Idaho.

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I-Miun Liu

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 05/01/17 - 04/30/19

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I-Miun Liu is the owner of two small businesses that were started in Chinatown/International District; Oasis and Eastern Café. Oasis has 5 locations throughout Seattle. He is a graduate of the University of Washington.

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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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Elizabeth Ford

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 05/01/17 - 04/30/19

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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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Mona Smith

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

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Mona Smith is an attorney with a business and estate planning practice in Seattle that focuses on both complex commercial litigation and transactional work. She is licensed to practice law in California, Massachusetts and Washington. Mona is a community leader who has served on several boards including serving as Co-Chair of the Victory Fund Campaign Board, Board Chair and Chair of Public Affairs of the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), Treasurer of King County Washington Women Lawyers and as an incorporating member of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Bar Association. She also works with organizations and local, state and federal elected officials on LGBT equality and business public policy issues and legislation as well as to elect LGBT candidates to local, state and federal office. Mona is the recipient of the GSBA Business Leader of the Year Award for 2015. Mona was appointed to the City of Seattle Labor Standards Advisory Group and the Search Committee for the Director of Office of Labor Standards. She also held leadership roles on the R71 and R74 campaigns, leading the initiative signature validation process in the Washington Families Standing Together and Washington United for Marriage campaigns as well as being a member of the Washington United for Marriage Steering Committee and tasked with building the business case and tool kit for marriage equality.

Mona lives in the Columbia City neighborhood with her wife, Nataly, and their chocolate Pointer/Lab Cocoa Bean.

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Anna G. Boone

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 05/01/17 - 04/30/19
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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.

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Samantha Grad

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

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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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Rebecca Smith

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 05/01/17 - 04/30/19

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Rebecca Smith is a lawyer and the Deputy Director of the National Employment Law Project. For over 30 years, Rebecca has written, testified, litigated and lectured extensively on policy and law concerning immigrant and low-wage workers’ employment rights; in particular, wage and hour policy, enforcement of wage and hour laws, and domestic outsourcing and the on-demand workforce. She has worked with allies to develop local, state and federal policies to protect and expand low-wage workers’ rights and enforcement of those rights. Her writings and opinion pieces are available on NELP's website.

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Janet Chung

Member
Appointed by: Commissioners
Term: 05/01/17 - 04/30/19

Artie Nosrati

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

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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.