Seattle Renters' Commission

The City of Seattle is committed to equitable engagement and inclusion with a commitment to create communities of opportunity for everyone, regardless of race or means. To that end, in March 2017, the city established the Seattle Renters' Commission to represent diverse renter voices across the city. Its purpose is to provide information, advice, and counsel to the Mayor, Seattle City Council, and departments concerning issues and policies affecting renters.

The first meeting of the Seattle Renters' Commission will take place on October 2, 6-8pm in the Boards and Commissions Room (L280) at Seattle City Hall.

Commission Appointees

The City Council's Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods, and Finance Committee will discuss and possibly vote on these Seattle Renters' Commission appointments at its August 2 and 16, 2017 meetings.

Mayor Appointees:
Beverly Aarons
Jack Barker
Sherry Collier
Daniela Lopez
David Mooney
ChrisTiana ObeySumner

City Council Appointees:
L. Curtis Blankinship
Clifford C. Cawthon
Jessie Jacobs
Michael Padilla Ocampo
Laurie Rocello Torres
Jessica Westgren

Get Engaged Appointee:
Calvin Jones

Role of the Seattle Renters' Commission

  • Provide information, advice, and counsel to the Mayor, City Council, Department of Neighborhoods, Office of Civil Rights, and other City departments concerning issues and policies affecting renters, including, but not limited to: housing affordability, transportation access, land use, public health and safety, and economic development.
  • Monitor the enforcement and effectiveness of legislation related to renters and renter protections, and provide periodic advice on priorities and strategies for strengthening enforcement and effectiveness of renter protections.
  • Develop and periodically amend bylaws and an annual work plan that enable the Commission to organize itself, perform its work, and advance program and policy proposals consistent with its mission.

Structure

The Seattle Renters' Commission consists of 15 members appointed to serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and City Council. Six are appointed by the City Council and six are appointed by the Mayor. The Commission appoints two members, and the 15th member joins the Commission each year through Get Engaged, a leadership development program for young adults ages 18-29 in partnership with the YMCA.

Appointments are made to ensure that varied renter perspectives are represented, including renters from historically underrepresented groups, such as low-income renters, LGBTQ renters, immigrant renters, renters with felony records, those paying rent with assistance, and renters who have experienced homelessness.