Meet the Commissioners

NaaSira Adeeba

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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 organizer 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, counseling 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.

Ray Corona

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Luzviminda (Lulu) Uzuri Carpenter

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Luzviminda Uzuri "Lulu" Carpenter is a community advocate, consultant, and public speaker for social reform encouraging community building, anti-violence and youth homelessness and incarceration prevention programs in Seattle for ten years. Her expert knowledge has built programs for the Asian Pacific Islander Women & Family Safety Center (now API Chaya), Communities Against Rape and Abuse (CARA, previously an affiliate chapter of INCITE! Women & Trans People of Color Against Violence!), Franklin High School Community Projects, YouthCare, and YouthSource.

As a femme queer womyn of color of filipin@ & black mixed ancestry, Lulu is committed to the empowerment of marginalized communities through developing anti-Oppression curriculums and training, being a voice for Media Justice, and creating gender and cultural productions to motivate and inspire youth & young adults who have experienced trauma & sexual violence. Currently, she advises Roots Young Adult Shelter Change Team and Peace on the Streets By Kids on the Streets (PSKS) and produces shows at Hollow Earth Radio (HER) including #LuluNation + #SadBoisHypeClub Talk Show, a queer and trans people of color project in the Central District.

Lulu’s goals for the Seattle LGBT Commission include contributing to the creation of policies that build solutions based on people's lived experiences; who identify at the intersections of the low-income, working class, LGBTQ, people of color, immigrant, and refugee communities.

Elijah Grossman

Appointed by: Get Engaged Program

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Lisa Love

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Lisa Love, 2015 co-chair, has been working on behalf of LGBT youth in Seattle for nearly 20 years. As a classroom teacher, a manager within Seattle Public Schools, a consultant, and member of the LGBT community, Lisa brings a unique perspective to her work. She has gained community support to move policies though the school board in support of LGBT students, staff and families and has led advisory groups for the school district as well as the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, she has served as a consultant and trainer throughout Seattle, addressing the needs of LGBT youth and adults.

Marxa Marnia

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Marxa Marnia, 2015 co-chair, is a bisexual scholar and social advocate. Educated at the Evergreen State College, she holds a dual undergraduate degree in liberal arts and environmental studies as well as a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies. Her graduate thesis addressed the macroeconomic and anthropological policy affects of rhetorical construction in international development. Ms. Marnia is passionate about understanding the mechanistic role of social science and policy expression in perpetuating structural oppression. Her goal for the Seattle LGBT Commission is to use principles of Organizational Development to help increase the awareness of culturally intersectional existences internal to the LGBTQ community. It is her hope to increase the capacity of the Commission and contribute to a strengthening of its stakeholder advocacy. Currently Ms. Marnia is the Staff Training and Development Coordinator for Senior Services. As member of the Human Resources team, she is integral to the deep commitment of practicing Equity & Inclusion throughout the organization.

Debra Salls

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Deb Salls grew up in Minneapolis and have lived in St Louis and Chicago and moved to Seattle for her position as Executive Director at Bike Works. She has a BA in Socio-cultural Anthropology and a M.Ed. in Youth Development Leadership from the University of MN, as well as a M.A in Nonprofit Management from Washington University in St Louis. She has spent the past twenty years in youth development work and nonprofit management. Helping young people to become better leaders, explore their communities and expand their world view has been a theme in her life and career. She is passionate about social justice for our communities, youth empowerment, leadership development, civic engagement, our environment and social innovation. She has served on a number of non-profit boards and city taskforces over the years including LGBTQ boards, advisory, activist groups over the years.

Manuel Venegas

Manuel Venegas

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