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 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.
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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.
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.
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Brennon Ham is a young, partnered, queer, mixed, Latin@ fluid femme who has been a resident of Seattle for the last 4 years. Originally hailing from the DC/Baltimore area, Brennon moved first to Cleveland, Ohio to study English, Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies and Studio Art to develop activist and social justice muscles before making the long journey to the northwest.
Since living Seattle, Brennon has volunteered with organizations like Camp Ten Trees, serving as a board director for three years, as well Pride Foundation as a grant and scholarship application reviewer. Brennon has historically been professionally connected to Lifelong, Queer Youth Space, Health Education Youth Outreach, as well as COLAGE.
Currently, Brennon is proudly working for The Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse as a Youth Program Community Advocate where Brennon supports LGBTQ in a variety of ways. Through this mini-history of work, Brennon hopes to use those more developed social justice muscles to support the LGBTQ community, centering Queer and Trans People of Color - especially QTPOC youth - by investing in efforts to redefine community stakeholders and develop community education projects. Brennon is excited bring passion, compassion, and quirk to the supporting a resilient and vibrant community.
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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.”
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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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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.
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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.
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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Breona Mendoza is queer, white, social justice minded femme who is a strong advocate for mental health and for young people's rights. She received her BA in Psychology and Gender studies, and a MA in Community Counseling. She has been building her skills as a counselor, advocate, ally, mentor and educator, through her work with organizations such as Youth Eastside Services, Teen Link, Camp Ten Trees, Youth Care, and Lambert House. Breona currently operates her own counseling practice called Seattle Youth Counseling, and serves as a Youth Advocate at the Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse. Her hope for the commission is to create more awareness and accountability to the needs LGBTQ youth and folks living with mental illness. In addition, she hopes to foster stronger connections and collaborations within the many LGBTQ movements and organizations in Seattle.
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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.