Who We Are

The Seattle LGBTQ 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.

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Meet Our Commissioners

Anders McConachie

Appointed by: Commission
Term: 05/01/15 - 04/30/17

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Anders McConachie is a queer/trans/FTM who is a enthusiastic advocate for the LGBTQIA community. He grew up in Dallas Texas and received his BA degree in central Florida studying Digital Art with a  focus in Sound. He has been an advocate since his days co-founding the GSA in high school, lobbying for the protections of LGBTIQ youth in school with the help of GLSEN. He continued his advocacy through college and in Seattle looking more specifically at intersectional issues and the under-served parts of the population. He has worked in a variety of support positions for a variety of businesses and non-profits across the city, but has always been active in the arts and with the LGBTIQ++ community. He helped create ECHO (Equality Coalition for Housing and Opportunity) and continues to be active with a core group of individuals with the focus of addressing homelessness in the LGBTIQ++ community.

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Ray Corona

Co-Chair
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: TBD - 04/30/18

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Ray Corona, identifies as an undocu-queer community advocate. Originally from Mexico City, Ray has called Seattle home since the age of nine. As a first generation college student, Ray is a proud alumnus from the University of Washington earning a Bachelor's degree in Society, Ethics and Human Behavior. Ray's community and professional work has focused on providing access and building bridges among diverse communities. Some of his expertise include leadership development for youth, creating culturally relevant college preparation programs, organizing undocumented youth and families and building coalitions to craft community solutions for issues affecting marginalized communities. Recently, Ray is working on a new organization called "Somos Seattle" meant to unite and foster the Latino/Latinx LGBTQ community. Ray enjoys collaborating in exciting projects, so if you have a new idea give him a call.

Manuel Venegas

Manuel Venegas

Co-Chair
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 05/01/15 - 04/30/17

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Manuel Venegas is an HIV-positive, first generation Mexican-American, gay community advocate in the HIV & AIDS field. Ranging from local community-level work to national-level ambassadorship in the field, he is a member of the defeat HIV Community Advisory Board at Fred Hutch. He educates the community about the HIV cure research at Fred Hutch, raises awareness of HIV criminalization, and elder needs for healthcare reform. He also advocates for youth in San Francisco as a Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholar at the National AIDS Memorial Grove.

Manuel has been active in advocacy at the collegiate level for the last three years, primarily advocating on Trans rights issues pertaining to safety as well as creating safe places for LGBTQ student advocates to move administration to address issues on student government bodies. Manuel is a Washingtonian, who was born and raised in Moses Lake and enjoys track and field, tennis, and sailing the waters of the Puget Sound. 

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Julia Ikaura Ricciardi

Co-Chair
Appointed by: City Council
Term: TBD - 04/30/17

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Julia is an educator, artist and queer womxn. She's committed to creating a world that works for everyone. Currently, she works as the Program Manager for Highest Awards at Girl Scouts of Western Washington, empowering teens to design and implement sustainable community projects. She has lived and worked all across the country--including New Jersey, Hawai'i, Illinois, Iowa and a number of other places. She attended high school in the Central District at an alternative school called The Nova Project. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Knox College, focused in education and studio art. In her professional roles, she has focused a lot of energy on developing curriculum and facilitating conversations about social justice and inclusion for both youth and adults. Through her varied experiences, she's developed a passion for solving old problems in new ways.

Katrina Sanford

Member

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Dr. Katrina Sanford is a Psychotherapist with a PsyD in Clinical Psychology and a specialization in Sex Therapy. As a trauma informed therapist, she uses her knowledge in psychology to challenge social injustice for her clients and community, particularly racially induced inequities. In her private practice, Katrina treats couples and individuals with sexual health difficulties, relationship issues, life transitions, alternative lifestyles/relationships (polyamory/non-monogamy,) members of the LGBTQ community, anxiety, mood disorders, womyn's issues, gender identity struggles, and trauma, including different forms of abuse. Katrina is also the Executive Director of Earth Pearl Collective, a queer black womyn nonprofit organization dedicated to healing their community through creative collaborations and she Sapphic Roots, providing womyn who love womyn workshops and retreats to increase healthy relationship dynamics.

Ann Luetzow

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Ann Luetzow is deeply committed to working towards equity and inclusion within our systems and institutions to foster stronger, safer, and more unified communities in Seattle and beyond. Having grown up in Racine, Wisconsin, they do not take being an out and loud queer person for granted, and also recognize the need to keep fighting for justice here in Seattle. Further, they desire to leverage their privilege and fierce dedication to liberation to carve space for others to pursue their aspirations.  

Ann is graduating from the University of Washington School of Social Work with an MSW and a concentration in Public Policy and Administration in Spring 2017. As an undergraduate student at the UW, they founded the D Center (a d/Disability and d/Deaf cultural center) from their position within the student government, and obtained a BA in Disability Studies in 2012.  

Ann brings a wide variety of interests and passions to the Commission, from anti-displacement policy development, to inclusive youth programming and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth. As a white person, they strive to center an anti-racist lens in their work, and have experience facilitating white caucuses and engaging in organizing for racial justice. They are interested in policy, research, pedagogy, and creative knowledge production.

Nikki Hurley

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Hailing from the East Coast, Nikki is a young activist who is working hard in the food justice circles in Seattle. After completing an AmeriCorps VISTA term at North Helpline Emergency Services and Food Bank in Lake City, Nikki joined the Solid Ground team to work behind the scenes to make sure healthy food is accessible to all hungry Seattleites. While she spends her workdays focused on eliminating food insecurity in Seattle, she has been searching for ways to get more involved in the LGBTQ+ activist community. As much as she enjoys her current method of working on LGBTQ+ social justice issues, that method being to ensure that every discussion she is involved in considers the impact on and specific issues related to the queer community, she is very excited about the prospect of working with this commission that specifically centers LGBTQ people.  Nikki believes Seattle's LGBTQ+ community deserves passionate people working for it, protecting it, and loving it.  

In addition to food justice work, Nikki is an active member of the Lake City Taskforce on Homelessness, the National Women's Political Caucus, and the co chair of the League of Women Voter's Social Justice Committee.

Joseph Suttner

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Joseph Suttner is a lifelong Washingtonian who has lived in Seattle since 2013. He is a proud Gonzaga alum and currently works as a producer at KING5's talk show New Day Northwest. Through his experience growing up gay and multiracial, Joseph learned to strongly value and embrace diversity. As a journalist, he's worked to tell the stories of people from all walks of life in our community. Joseph hopes to expand the reach and visibility of the Seattle LGBTQ Commission's important work with his communication and social media skills. He lives with his boyfriend and cat in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Hannah Johnson

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Hannah is currently a Communications Specialist with Seattle-King County Public Health, and works alongside over 20 community-based organizations to advance policy, systems, and environmental changes to address the large racial, economic, and geographic health inequities that exist in our county. They have prior experience as a campaign organizer with the Obama 2012 campaign and Working Washington. Hannah is committed to elevating the voices of marginalized people in our civic process, and is particularly interested in how the LGBTQ Commission's work can intersect with their professional work at Seattle-King County Public Health and their interest in health equity.