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Board of Park Commissioners - Who We Are


The Board of Park Commissioners is a nine-member citizen advisory board, serving three-year terms. The composition of the Board is:

  • Four members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council
  • Four members appointed by City Council
  • One member appointed from the Get Engaged Program

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Antoinette AnguloAntoinette Angulo
Primary Interests: Community building; community centers; equity in access to physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices; Parks role in urban agriculture and food security; community solar; and protecting park spaces and programs for all users.
City Council Appointment: May 2011
Term Expires: March 2014

Commissioner Angulo is an advisor to both Prometheus Public Health Consulting Group and Just Health Action! She was the Preventive Health Services Director at Sea Mar Community Health Centers, and received a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Washington. She is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Tomorrow.

Commissioner Angulo serves on the Board of Directors for the Associated Recreational Council (ARC) and served as Chair of the Neighborhood Matching Funds Citywide Review Team. She was a founding board member of the Latino Community Fund of Washington State. She has served on a number of additional boards and community groups. Commissioner Angulo was a member of the Peace Corps in Nicaragua from 1999-2001 with a focus on community health. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and she has made public health presentations across the United States and in Canada, Thailand, and Uruguay.

Bob EdmistonBob Edmiston
Primary Interests:Environmental sustainability. Stewardship, accessibility, usability and desirability of our shared public spaces.
Mayoral Appointment: June 2013
Term Expires: March 2016

Bob Edmiston is a User Experience Engineer on staff at the University of Washington in Seattle.  He has worked at NASA-Ames Research Center, Apple Computer, Google and Microsoft creating useful, usable software that hundreds of millions of people depend upon.

As an active Seattle community volunteer, Bob has been applying his User Experience craft as a steering committee member of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, the Vice President of the Madison Park Community Council and one of the creators of Madison Park Greenways. He has been a strong advocate for providing comfortable and beautiful walking and biking routes to local destinations. 

Diana KincaidDiana Kincaid
Primary Interests: Access for all to parks, environmental sustainability
Mayoral Appointment: May 2009
Term Expires: March 2016

Diana Kincaid is a lifelong resident of Seattle and a professional educator and business owner. She is an active community volunteer and served as president of Friends of Magnuson Park from 2003-2004, is a member of the Parks and Open Space Advocates (POSA), and served on the Open Space 2100 Project Guidance Committee.

In her professional career, Ms. Kincaid was certified at the Foeldi College in Germany and attended the University of Washington. She served on the Massage Therapy Foundation’s Board of Trustees and was the Founder and Chair of the Best Practices Committee. Ms. Kincaid was also National Chair of the American Massage Therapy Association’s Ethics and Standards Committee, chaired numerous hearings and educational forums in that role, and is a continuing education instructor in the United States and Canada. She received a national award for her volunteer services.

Commissioner Kincaid has represented the Park Board on the Community Center Advisory Team, the Magnuson Park Advisory Committee, and is currently its representative on the Central Waterfront Design Committee.

Brice MarymanBrice Maryman
Primary Interests: Park system planning and funding; children’s play spaces; environmental sustainability; healthy parks and recreation
Mayoral Appointment: February 2012
Term Expires: March 2015

Brice Maryman is a landscape architect with SvR Design Company in Seattle. He has written extensively about urban landscapes and has been a lecturer at the University of Washington. Mr. Maryman holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington and a B.A. in English from St. Mary’s College of Maryland; his professional expertise includes historic preservation, sustainable site design, playgrounds and green infrastructure design and planning. 

Mr. Maryman shares his landscape expertise and passion for healthy, sustainable urban living as a volunteer, serving on the Board of the Arboretum Foundation and the Planning and Design Technical Advisory Committee of the STAR Sustainable Community Index. He has previously served on the Board of Great City, which he chaired from 2009-2010, the Cultural Landscape Foundation and the Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks.

Yazmin MehdiYazmin Mehdi, Committee Vice Chair
Primary Interests: Sustainable funding for parks and recreation, recreation opportunities for all, open space
Mayoral Appointment: May 2012
Term Expires: March 2015

Yazmin Mehdi served the City of Seattle for 14 years, working variously as a fiscal and policy analyst in the City Budget Office, a special assistant to the mayor for arts and culture, a special assistant to the City Librarian for strategic planning and projects, and as director of the Seattle Public Library community programs and events. In the early 1990s, she helped develop Seattle Parks Department’s Comprehensive Plan. In the private sector, Yazmin worked as an editor for Microsoft’s Encarta, and more recently, served as the first Business Director for Crosscut, Seattle’s “News of the Great Nearby.”

Ms. Mehdi serves on the governing board of Town Hall, a non-profit that presents and produces civic, cultural, and other programming for the Seattle area, and was a founder and first treasurer of Queen Anne Elementary PTSA through June 2012. She previously served on the boards of Hilltop Children’s Center, the Washington Community Alliance for Self-Help, and the Library Council of Washington. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from Harvard University and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan.

Mazohra Thami, Commissioner
Primary Interests: Community building; equal acess for all
Get Engaged Appointment: September 2013
Term Expires: August 2014

Commissioner Thami is the Get Engaged Board of Park Commissioner. Commissioner Thami has just completed her Masters Degree in Architecture at the University of Washington and works at Guild 13, an architecture and design firm. Commissioner Thami earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Pomona College in Environmental Analysis and French. Prior to starting her Masters program, Commissioner Thami worked with the Pomegranate Centera local non-profit that builds communities through leadership training, design workshops, and the physical construction of gathering places. Commissioner Thami currently co-facilitates a class at the U.W. as part of the Design Lab and Exhibit Charrette series at the Henry Art Gallery, in conjunction with a course offered through the College of Built Environments.

Commissioner Thami understands the power of design to influence a neighborhood and unite individuals into a community. She feels parks and open spaces give breathing room to buildings and citizens alike and provide the flexibility necessary for the casual encounters that turn neighbors and individuals into community.

Tom Tierney Tom Tierney, Committee Chair
Primary Interests: Equitable access to open space, facilities, and programs; environmental and social sustainability; and finding the funds to ensure all of this into the distant future.
City Council Appointment: March 2013
Term Expires: March 2016

Tom Tierney retired in 2012, after nearly 30 years serving the community in local and regional government.  From 2004 to 2012 he was the Executive Director of the Seattle Housing Authority.  During Tom’s tenure the agency substantially increased the number of people served, while also significantly increasing its commitment to major maintenance and redevelopment, all at a time of restricted funding. He has also held senior executive positions at the Port of Seattle and the City.  At the Port, he served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Economic Development from  1998 to 2004.  During his tenure at the City of Seattle he served in a number of key administrative roles, including Director of intergovernmental relations and Director of budget and planning.

Tom earned a BA in Economics from Colorado College and an MA in the same field from San Francisco State University.  He has also done further graduate work in economics at the University of Washington, and has served as a lecturer and instructor at the University of Washington and Seattle University. 

Tom has also served on numerous community boards, dealing with international relations, the arts, education, social justice, human services, and housing.        

Barbara WrightBarbara Wright
Primary Interests: Healthy living; Environmental Sustainability; and Park Design
Mayoral Appointment: February 2012
Term Expires: March 2015

Barbara Wright is currently a healthy community advocate working on transportation and community livability issues. She is the Chair of Transportation Coalition and has been a board member for over five years and she is also a member of Seattle’s Bridging the Gap Oversight Committee.

Most recently she has been  a member of the Governor’s Connecting Washington Task Force, the Seattle Transit Master Plan Advisory Committee, and the Seattle Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee. She was previously the Deputy Director of the Environmental Health Division, Public Health – Seattle & King County. She also served as Parks Director for King County, Washington, and Parks Director for the City of Omaha as well as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Omaha. She has been an active member of the Arboretum Foundation for over 11 years and chaired the Arboretum Foundation Board of Directors.

In 2010, she chaired the Arboretum Botanical Garden Committee, a management oversight committee for the Washington Park Arboretum. In this position, she provided leadership in working collaboratively with the Washington State Department of Transportation to develop the State Route 520 I-5 to Medina Project Arboretum Mitigation Plan which was transmitted to Governor Gregoire on December 21, 2010. 

Currently, she assists with teaching a health impact assessment course at the University of Washington.

Updated April 23, 2014

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