Meet Our Commissioners

Julia Jannon-Shields
Mayoral Appointee
Born and raised on Ohlone Land (San Francisco Bay Area), Julia Jannon-Shields (she/her) became highly aware of the range of detrimental impacts that rapid development poses on underrepresented communities and the surrounding environments. This experience among others led her to the UW where she pursued degrees (urban planning, cultural communication) to address issues of injustice in both built and natural environments, and work towards an equitable, sustainable future that centers minoritized people in governance, planning, and development processes. Through the Community Involvement Commission, Julia hopes to work towards a co-created city and bring forward a fresh perspective in traditional government spaces, while learning from others and the community.

Ahoua Koné
Mayoral Appointee
Ahoua Koné (she/her) is a public health practitioner and a licensed attorney. She is currently a faculty member and co-Chair of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) at the University of Washington School of Public Health (SPH). She is an alum of the University of Washington SPH and Seattle University School of Law.  Ahoua is a first-generation immigrant from the Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa) with a lived experience of nearly 4 decades in the US. She is a proud mother of two young men and an auntie and grandmother to many extended family members. Professionally, Ahoua has developed and led large public health projects in Africa (Ivory Coast and Mozambique), China (Guangzhou) and the Seattle-King County area. She is a founding member and was a partner of the Seattle Immigration and Family Law Group. Through her lived experiences, Ahoua has cultivated a deep commitment to activism to promote social justice and confront racism. She has been extensively involved with community organizations and commissions including Yesler Terrace Health Clinic, Seattle Human Rights Commission, Washington State Commission on African American Affairs, City of Seattle Police Chief Search Committee, Somali Family Task Force, Institute of Research and Actions in Africa, Women in Global Health-Seattle Chapter, Grandmothers for Race and Class Equality, and the African Leaders Health Board. With community engagement, she strives to help amplify the voices and needs of marginalized individuals and communities. She looks forward to contributing to this Commission to further its mission.

Martha Lucas
City Council Appointee
Martha was born in Ethiopia and moved to Seattle at the age of 2. Martha is a proud double Husky and long-time resident of the Wedgwood neighborhood with a background in healthcare management, public health, education, insurance, caregiving, and 25+ years of community service. Martha is an experienced local insurance broker in car, home, business, life, disability, and Medicare. Currently, Martha is a 2020 Community Leadership Institute Fellow and is enjoying learning how to balance the growth in her financial services and insurance practice, Tigray Women's Advisory Council member, and Co-Chairship/Grants Manager position for the Washington State Coalition of African Community Leaders.

Fiona Murray
Mayoral Appointee - Get Engaged Cohort
Bio coming soon!

Robert Radford
Mayoral Appointee
Robert has held a number of management positions in Tacoma, Seattle, and Washington, DC after being discharged from the U.S. Army following military service in Korea. He has also served on numerous boards and commissions, including: the Monorail Commission, Group Health board of directors, The Northwest School (advisory board), Museum of Flight (education advisory board), and King County Board of Equalization.

Saba Rahman
Mayoral Appointee
Saba (she/her) is committed to creating and advocating for equitable and just policies that support and empower BIPOC communities. She is passionate about bringing BIPOC community voices and influence into decision-making spaces. Saba previously helped develop a community-driven framework for climate justice in collaboration with BIPOC community leaders for King County and continues to advocate for environmental justice in her current role. Saba is a proud Indian American that grew up in an Muslim-Hindu household in Maryland. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science & Policy from the University of Maryland and completed her Masters in Public Administration at the University of Washington. Completing Puget Sound Sage's Community Leadership Institute in 2021 empowered her to join this commission. Saba currently resides in Beacon Hill and you can find her walking in a park, cross stitching, or at a community event in her free time.

Bill Southern
City Council Appointee
Originally from New England, Bill Southern moved to Seattle in 1978 and lives in the Meadowbrook/ Wedgewood area. Bill has a background in media, public affairs, community relations and outreach. He worked for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) as an Affirmative Actions Officer and later promoted as the Public Affairs Officer for the 1.46 billion dollar Interstate 90 Completion Project, where he gained notoriety as the department spokesperson during and after the sinking of the I-90 Bridge in 1990. Bill went on to serve as the Public Affairs Director for WSDOT's NW Region. From there he served as the Director of Public Affairs and District Communications for the Seattle School District. Bill retired in 2013 from Special Olympics Washington having served as its Director of Public Affairs.

Marcus White
Commission-selected Appointee
Marcus White grew up in the Atlanta Area and has lived in Seattle for over 2 years. With a background in the accounting profession, Marcus wants to use an organized, disciplined approach to help temper the chaotic, frenetic nature of our beloved city and its governmental affairs. He has resided all over Seattle (Capitol Hill, Central District, and Queen Anne). He is becoming increasingly aware of the acute challenges the city faces such as the permanent housing crisis and racial equity and inclusion and wants to help ease the tension and augment the city’s commendable qualities.