Meet the Commissioners
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Gilbert Archuleta currently serves as the Manager, Customer Care Operations for Puget Sound Energy. He is responsible for PSE's customer facing organization which includes a 200+ seat call center, back office team, escalated complaints and new customer construction services. He joined PSE in March 2009. Prior to joining PSE, Gilbert was a 13 year employee of Qwest Communications. His last position was Manager Billing Services where he led a national team for Qwest's Business Market Group.
Gilbert holds Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Communications from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
In addition to his professional experience, Gilbert served six years as Chairman of the Board for Three Dollar Bill Cinema producers of the annual Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. The exposure to the diverse landscape of LGBTQ stories, specifically those of LGBTQ youth, is what inspired him to become part of the Seattle LGBT Commission. He works to be a voice and an advocate for LGBTQ youth and ensure their stories are heard.
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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.
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Doug Hamilton started as an intern and worked up to Operations Director at Equal Rights Washington from 2008 until the Spring of 2014, during which he helped organize several successful lobby days for marriage equality at the Washington State Legislature, and helped staff booths at Pride Festivals across Washington State. During the Approve 74 campaign, Doug logged in over 300 hours of phone banking time to win voters for marriage equality. He has since become a founding member of Equality Coalition for Housing and Opportunity (ECHO) dedicated to ending LGBTIQ homelessness. He currently serves on the board for Social Outreach Seattle (SoSea), and is the 2015 Chair for Seattle Metropolitan Elections Committee (SEAMEC). Doug enjoys writing and the arts, and has published several theatre reviews, and political interviews in the Seattle Gay News. “My dream for Seattle is that nobody sleeps in unsafe, unsanitary conditions while they are here. I guess I want more the Star Trek future than the Mad Max one.”
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.
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Shoshana Paget served as the Gay/Straight Alliance leader while in school at Lewis & Clark College, as well as working with the college Q Center, and holding an internship with the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network of Oregon (GLSEN). Through her internship with GLSEN, Shoshana was drawn into working with LGBTQ identified youth, and was inspired to completed her undergraduate thesis on the effectiveness of "queer 101" trainings, how to increase and maximize their impact, and how to boost youth involvement in such efforts. Shoshana's goal on the LGBT Commission is to help give a voice to LGBTQ youth, and develop policies and practices that will protect LGBTQ persons from bullying and harassment.
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Gunner Scott is a queer/trans/FTM and the Director of Programs at Pride Foundation. Gunner brings over 15 years of experience leading change in the LGBTQ community along with extensive experience public policy development, training, leading legislative campaigns, fundraising, and communications. Prior to living in Seattle, he was a founding member and the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) where he led a five-year legislative campaign for the Transgender Equal Rights bill, which passed the Massachusetts legislature in 2011. He received a B. A. in Liberal Arts from Goddard College and along with his executive level non-profit management experience, he is writer, photographer, and a creative culture maker producing many community arts events and performances. He is excited to bring his skills to the LGBT Commission to further equity for Seattle's LGBTQ children, youth, adults, and families.
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Susan Snyder has worked in the field of aging for over 30 years and is currently Executive Director of the Evidence-Based Leadership Council (ELBC). The EBLC is a national collaborative of leaders in healthy aging. Prior to this position, she managed dissemination of two evidence-based programs to over 500 sites in 34 states. Her LGBT advocacy began with management of Rainbow Train, a cultural competency training for those serving older LGBT adults. She helped plan, with other community partners, the first and second LGBT Elder Summits. She is a National Trainer for the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging and sits on the advisory committee for the national LGBT study, Caring and Aging with Pride. Her hope for the commission is that it informs the city of Seattle, it's departments, and those they serve of the unique needs of LGBTQ residents, especially those with intersectionalities, as seen through new and revised policies, education, and events.
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KJ Williams is the Diversity Program Manager at the Washington State Bar Association where she has primary responsibility for developing and implementing the organizations statewide diversity and inclusion plan. KJ holds a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Washington and a Masters of Public Administration from Seattle University. KJ is a writer, blogger, and poet with published works in Black Women's Blue Print, For Harriet and NW Lawyer. KJ has served on the YWCA of Pierce County Public Policy Committee, YWCA of Pierce County Racial Justice Project and Sound Youth Counseling Board of Directors. KJ is a member of the Equal Justice Community Leadership Academy 2015 cohort and a 2014 United Way of King County Project LEAD alumni.