Meet the Commissioners
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NaaSira Adeeba is a native form the great midwestern state of Ohio. NaaSira has resided in Seattle, Washington since July of 1979. As an active community member and parent, NaaSira has contributed time, leadership abilities and talents in the arts of social work. From:1981-1987 as an LRC peer counselor, an organizor and facilitator for the Women Of Color support group, as well as being an employer for Rainier National Bank.
Additionally in the areas of Social Work, and, graduate Of Seattle Antioch University, NaaSira has worked with various Seattle nonprofit agencies as a counselor, counselling the homeless, abused youth, mothers, and women leaving abusive partner/relationships.
As an original and active member of the 1993 organization, Sistah 2 Sistah, a coalition of POCAAN, NaaSira has served S2S as Co-Chair:1997-2004, and currently enjoys performing and playing the Djemba, with the group, Sista Drums.
Luzviminda (Lulu) Uzuri Carpenter
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Luzviminda Uzuri Carpenter (pronounced Loose-b-min-dah ooh-zir-e car-pen-ter) aka Lulu, works for Historic Seattle as Caretaker and Consultant on the Oral History Project at Washington Hall. Recently, she founded Uzuri Consulting & Productions and a collective called Green Bodies with other fierce womyn & queer people of color and KnowMades (a youth solidarity organization). She serves on three advisory boards, Zenyu Healing Center, Women Who Rock Community, and Allyship and joins the LGBT Commission by Mayor's Office appointment. Lulu has worked with Hidmo, Ladies First Collective Organizing Committee (an anti-rape arts collective), and Pinay sa Seattle-GABRIELA. Carpenter has also worked in the fields of intimate partner violence & sexual violence with the Asian Pacific Islander Women and Family Safety Center, Communities Against Rape and Abuse (CARA) and recently through YouthCare Orion Center. She has honed her passion and skills for youth advocacy and mentorship for the past 8 years at YouthCare, Franklin High School Political Science & Public Service Academy, the Service Board, Seattle Young People's Project, and Seattle YouthSpeaks. Lulu has become known for building bridging and connecting her multiple identities, communities, and experiences to integrate community engagement, intersectionality, music, poetry, promotion, community outreach, art, culture shifting, HipHop, Storytelling, Space crafting, and transformative justice.
David W. Howenstine
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David W. Howenstine is a lawyer in private practice with the local law firm of Mills Meyers Swartling. As a Seattle native, David grew up in the Roosevelt neighborhood with extended family throughout the greater Seattle area. David graduated from Reed College with a B.A. in English and graduated from the University of Washington School of Law with high honors. During law school, David became increasingly engaged in LGBT civil rights issues: he was elected president of the LGBT student group, Outlaws; worked as an extern for Lambda Legal, contributing to high-profile LGBT impact litigation involving employment and medical discrimination, marriage equality, and harassment of youths and transgendered people; and published a law review article on equal protection principles. After law school, David served for three years as a law clerk for federal judges at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles and the U.S. District Court in Seattle before joining private practice. In his free time, David enjoys novels, trivia nights, exploring local coffee shops and farmers' markets, and spending time with family and friends.
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Joey Hunziker moved to Seattle to study public policy and nonprofit management at the Evans School of Public Affairs at UW. Originally from New York, Joey was an arts educator and arts administrator, working to build capacity in schools for arts education and connect underrepresented students with arts opportunities. In his LGBTQ volunteerism, Joey helped plan and organize the annual Capital Pride Festival in Albany, NY and created QFEST, the first LGBTQ film festival in Upstate New York. The festival brought together local LGBT organizations with film lovers and the community to create a forum for discussion of queer film, and is now an annual community event with wide-ranging support and attendance.
Joey is fascinated with understanding how community is created in person and online and how public servants can better understand their constituents through emerging communication mediums.
He joined the LGBT commission to connect with passionate advocates and put his public policy degree to work, researching and supporting policies that improve the lives of LGBTQ communities in Seattle.
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Mitchell C Hunter, one of few who can claim he's been active in the community as every letter of LGBTQ, comes to the Commission as a recent graduate of Out In Front, an intensive leadership training course for leaders in the LGBTQ community. Mitch is current chair of the Internal Affairs committee, a proud voice for the transgender community with Trans Lives Matter and an active member of the Seattle Men's Chorus.
Mitch, a native of Austin, Texas with a Communications degree in Radio/TV/Film from The University of Texas at Austin, has now been in Seattle for more than 20 years and during that time has worked with Seattle's LGBTQ community in many capacities. He has experience with non-profits, small business/owners, corporations and unions and enjoys working from within organizations to affect change. Most notably he had success as an independent business owner whose vision, hard work and tenacity sparked a conservative national Fortune 100 company to initiate sweeping changes to the way they do business. Due to his passion and perseverance, New York Life Insurance Company, has a $600 billion dollar national cultural market specifically addressing the unique needs of LGBTQ individuals and families. A fierce advocate at all levels for his colleagues, contacts, friends and connections, he is honored and proud to serve Seattle's LGBTQ community in the pursuit of an inclusive, accessible, equitable vision of social and economic justice for all. Join him in the work to make the vision a reality for Seattle's LGBTQ communities and the entire beautiful, complex, intersecting, sometimes colliding worlds in which we all live.
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Bridge Joyce is a Seattle resident and lawyer committed to social and economic justice. Bridge earned a B.A. from Skidmore College and a J.D. from the City University of New York, School of Law. During law school, Bridge interned for the Peter Cicchino Youth Project, providing legal services to homeless and street involved LGBTQ young people, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a legal service and advocacy collective working to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. After moving to Seattle from New York, Bridge served for two years on the board of Camp Ten Trees, an LGBTQ and ally youth camp. He also volunteers for the pro bono attorney program at The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, focusing on immigrant visa petitions under the Violence Against Women Act and asylum cases.
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Aric grew up in Nebraska and received his B.A. in Religion from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. In 2003 he moved to Seattle to work for Lifelong AIDS Alliance and has since worked for Seattle King County Public Health on a variety of research projects and community outreach testing and screening for HIV/STI. He completed his M.A. in Public Administration from Seattle University in 2009. His current academic work is focused on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity in the context of international human rights with a focus on Africa and the Middle East. Aric is currently coordinating HIV research projects out of the Harborview STD Clinic. One of his objectives for serving as a commissioner is to increase awareness of sexual, racial, gender, and identity diversity within the local community, at the national level, and internationally. In his free time Aric loves exploring music and cinema and is a bookworm.
Mac Scotty McGregor
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Mac joined the LGBT commission in 2011, and is proud to be a voice and is proud to be an activist for civil rights and voice to represent the transgendered and gender non-conforming community.
He is involved in Ingersol Gender Center in Seattle, a member of the Seattle Men's Chorus and a board member for Seattle Counseling Center. Mac speaks on gender panels and is an educator and activist on gender, sexuality and LGBTQ rights and issues.
Mac is one of the highest ranking martial artist in the world and has always used his extensive martial arts knowledge to empower others to have confidence and live safely. Mac is a world champion martial artist and former U.S. Karate team member. Mac has coached 58 national champions and 29 Junior Olympic champions. He holds Black Belt ranking in 17 different styles of martial artists as well as a certified defensive tactics instructor for law enforcement professionals. Mac has appeared on Ripley's Believe it or Not, The Learning Channel, The Discovery Channel and in "People Magazine" to name a few. Mac now teaches self-defense, martial arts, tai-chi wellness and energy seminars at conferences, businesses & groups all over the world and is a life coach and sought after motivational speaker.
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Sabina Neem is a social work clinician and community builder who is committed to social and economic justice; her approach is to engage with challenging systems in order to make change and voice informed praise and criticism. She has extensive experience as an administrator, supervisor, program coordinator, social worker, trainer, researcher, grant writer, and advocate for policy change. She is the Assistant Director at the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Seattle University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of two LGBTQ community-based organization; Zenyu Healing andTrikone Northwest.
Prior to coming to Seattle from Philadelphia, Sabina served as a therapist at GirlSpace, a residential treatment facility; program manager for the Asian Arts Initiative; and an HIV tester and counselor / case manager at the Attic Youth Center and the Trans-health Information Project. In Philadelphia, Sabina has been involved on a policy level including the Mayor's Task Force on Homeless Services-Sexual and Gender Minorities Working Group, the Trans Access Project, the LGBT People of Color Coalition, the Board of Directors of the Leeway Foundation, and was appointed by Mayor Nutter to chair the Civil Rights Committee of Philadelphia's Mayor's Advisory Board on LGBT Affairs.