Who We Are
The Seattle LGBT Commission consists of 16 representative residents of Seattle appointed to serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor, City Council, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, and other Seattle City departments. 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. A 16th member joins the Commission each year through Get Engaged, a leadership development program for 18-29 year olds.
The Seattle Office for Civil Rights provides staff and support to the Commission.
Meet Our Commissioners
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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.
Luzviminda Uzuri "Lulu" 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.