About The Planning Commission

We advise the Mayor, City Council and City departments on broad planning goals, policies and plans for the physical development of the City. Each Commissioner serves a three year term and can only serve two consecutive terms. 

We have 16 members total:

  • 7 members appointed by the Mayor
  • 7 members appointed by the City Council
  • 1 member appointed by the Commission
  • 1 Get Engaged Program member, click here to learn more

Commissioners

Michael Austin

  Michael Austin
 
Chair

  Joined the Commission: 2014

  2nd term ends: 2020



Michael Austin is a senior urban designer and planner with the City of Bellevue. His work has focused on integrating equity-informed principles of access and inclusion into the built environment. He has additionally focused on the physical impact of emerging technologies centered around mobility. Throughout his career he has conducted multiple grant-based studies around autonomous vehicles, ground-level robotics, and freight drones. Michael enjoys volunteering in the community, and has previously served as a youth education volunteer with the Seattle Architecture Foundation and on the Seattle Design Review East Board as a Get Engaged member. He holds an undergraduate degree in city and regional planning from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a graduate degree in architecture from Pratt Institute in New York.

Michael lives in Pioneer Square with his partner and dog, and enjoys traveling on weekends, participating in design competitions, and eating as much food as possible.




  Patti Wilma
  Vice-Chair

  Joined Commission: 2014 
  2nd term ends: 2020



Patti's commitment to a livable Seattle spans a 40 year career in land use planning and architecture.  Her interests include how residential communities must accommodate higher densities and a population that desires "in-city" services and amenities while maintaining the neighborhood character as well as open space, how the public realm can enhance the livability and health of a city, and quality transit oriented/mixed use development.  As a life-long resident of Seattle, Patti is a past member of both Queen Anne and Wedgwood Community Councils and the Queen Anne/Magnolia Design Review Board.Patti lives with her husband in the Wedgwood neighborhood. 


Sandra Fried

  Sandra Fried
 
Housing and Neighborhoods Committee

  Joined Commission: 2015

  1st term ends:  2018



Sandra holds a degree in Public Policy. She works at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation managing relationships with public health multilateral organizations. Previously at the Gates Foundation she was a grantmaker working internationally to improve access to information through public libraries. In her first job in Seattle, she led homelessness grantmaking and programming at United Way of King County.

She is happy to serve on the Planning Commission and to sit on the Housing and Neighborhoods Committee. She has a special interest in considering policy and programming through the lens of the lowest income earners and those experiencing homelessness in our community.

Sandra is a native of Quito, Ecuador. She lives in Columbia City with her husband and children.


David Goldberg

  David Goldberg
 
Co-Chair, Land Use & Transportation Committee

  Joined Commission: 2017

  1st term ends: 2021



David joined the planning commission to be part of the discussion about how our rapidly growing city can balance the difficult choices in front of us as we try to build on what we love about Seattle while giving people of all incomes a chance to live and thrive here.

From the late 1990s on, David played a key role in developing the national movements for smart growth and transportation reform. He helped launch both Smart Growth America - as communications lead and then vice president for external affairs and strategy - and Transportation for America, where he led communications strategy. David, who coined the term "complete streets", has a passion for walkable neighborhoods and safe streets that work everyone who uses them, whether on foot, bike, bus or in cars. He has worked extensively on issues related to innovation in transportation, urban design and planning since the early 1990's, when he was a reporter and editorial writer focused on those topics.

In 2002-03 he was honored as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. He has served on the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory board, advisory board of WalkScore.com and the Planning Commission of the City of Decatur, GA.


Grace Kim

  Grace Kim
 
Housing & Neighborhoods Committee

  Joined Commission: 2013

  2nd term ends: 2020 



Grace is a founding partner of Schemata Workshop, an architecture and urban design practice based in Seattle. She works with public, private, and non-profit clients to create community oriented projects with a focus on social equity.  Current projects include two mixed-use buildings in the Transit Oriented Development at the Capitol Hill light rail station, affordable housing for Peninsula Housing Authority, station area analysis and planning for Sound Transit and the City of Seattle, and two new cohousing projects.

Grace lives and works on Capitol Hill. She is a founding member Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing project, where she lives with her husband and daughter.  They chose the location because of its ability to support the full spectrum of life without reliance of the automobile.

Grace joined the Commission because she is passionate about the planning policies that they weigh in on - family-sized housing, transit communities, affordability, vibrant streets.  She brings to the Commission her professional experience in affordable housing, transit oriented communities, and mobility/transportation as well as her personal experience of raising a young child in downtown Seattle.

When she's not working hard, she can be found playing hard - skiing, recreating outdoors, traveling, and enjoying food with friends.


Rick Mohler

  Rick Mohler
  Land Use & Transportation Committee

  Joined Commission: 2018

  1st term ends: 2021



Rick Mohler is an architect, educator and activist interested in the nexus between urban housing, transportation and the public realm who pursues this interest through practice, teaching, research and advocacy.  He joined the commission as he is passionate about the daunting challenges facing Seattle and confident in our collective capacity to solve them.

Rick teaches graduate level design studios and serves as the graduate program coordinator as an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington where he strives to leverage his design studio teaching as a vehicle for urban research and social advocacy.  He is a principal of Mohler + Ghillino Architects, a 2016 Affiliate Fellow of the UW Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies and co-chair of the AIA Seattle Public Policy Board and member of its Board of Directors. He has been actively engaged in Seattle's housing affordability discussion through grass roots and institutional activism, public presentations, panel discussions and editorial writing. Rick lives in the northern part of Wallingford known as Tangletown in a house and ADU of his own design with his wonderful wife, son and tenants.  He has lived largely car-free since 2007 when his 1991 Honda Civic wagon was stolen in front of his house and it took him four days to notice it was missing.

Kelly Rider

  Kelly Rider
  Housing & Neighborhoods Committee

  Joined Commission: 2018

  Partial term ends: 2020



Kelly joined the Planning Commission because she wants to create and preserve an inclusive, livable Seattle for current and future generations. Kelly is also a member of the Housing Levy Oversight Board and currently serves as the Housing Policy Manager for King County's Department of Community Human Services. Before joining King County, she worked for a non-profit organization promoting affordable housing policy and equitable transit-oriented development throughout the region. Kelly has a Masters degree in public administration from the University of Washington Evans School.

Kelly lives with her husband and two young children in Whittier Heights.



Julio Sánchez  Julio Sánchez
  Housing & Neighborhoods Committee

  Joined Commission: 2015

  2nd term ends: 2021



Since moving to Seattle 20 years ago, Julio has developed a strong and varied volunteer life focused on community centered organizations and environmental justice issues. His professional life has included media, communications, fundraising, training and facilitation work.

At present Julio is able to combine two of his strengths, community engagement and environmental justice work on his position with Puget Sound Clean Air as a Community Engagement Associate. In addition to his volunteer work with the commission he belongs to Environmental People of Color (E.P.O.C), is a Got Green Board Member, and enjoys vintage shopping, Seattle's multiple parks and open natural spaces, locally made ice-cream and the Seattle International Film Festival. He lives on the Central District and has done so for a total of 15 yrs. and counting.....


Amy Shumann

  Amy Shumann
  Co-Chair, Housing and Neighborhoods Committee

  Joined Commissioner: 2018 

  1st term ends: 2022


Amy is an environmental health planner with Public Health-Seattle and King County where she focuses on health and equity in transportation and land use policies. As a planning commissioner, she wants to help integrate this commitment to racial justice into local planning processes and policies. She has a MSW with a focus on public policy and administration from the University of Washington.  

Seattle's been home for Amy and her husband for 31 years and they've lived in the Hillman City neighborhood for the last 24. Their two grown children attended Seattle Public Schools.

Reading, birding, gardening, cooking and traveling keep her relaxed, busy and connected.



 
Lauren Squires  Lauren Squires
  Housing & Neighborhooods Committee

  Joined Commission: 2016

  1st term ends: 2019


Prior to her current term, Lauren served the Commission as a Get Engaged member from 2014 - 2015. Lauren is a multimodal transportation planner at Nelson\Nygaard, with an emphasis on active transportation, health, and social equity. She works alongside engineers and designers bringing concepts to reality. Lauren works on projects ranging from citywide policy to complete streetscape concepts to community planning projects and facilitation. A Rainier Valley resident and safe streets advocate, Lauren actively supports safe and healthy transportation in communities experiencing historic disinvestment.



Jamie Stroble

  Jamie Stroble
  Co-Chair, Housing & Neighborhoods Committee

  Joined Commission: 2015 

  1st term ends: 2022

A passionate community development professional, Jamie joined the Planning Commission to support equity and resilience in Seattle, ensuring livability and increasing community accessibility to city planning and policymaking, particularly for immigrants, refugees, communities of color and low-income communities. She has been active in environmental justice and equitable development, and brings a strong knowledge of environmental health, air quality, sustainability issues and social justice, and background in culturally-relevant community outreach and engagement, particularly with youth and limited English speaking populations.

Jamie Stroble works for King County's Climate Action Team as the lead on climate community engagement and collaborative partnership efforts, and the integration of equity and social justice into regional climate resiliency decision and policy-making. Previously, Jamie worked for a non-profit in the Chinatown/International District of Seattle, empowering Asian Pacific Islander (API) youth and elders around environmental justice and community development. She is actively involved in community work, serving on the boards of the non-profits Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) and APICAT for Healthy Communities, on the Climate Justice Committee of Got Green, was a former Community Partner Steering Committee member of the City of Seattle's Environment & Equity Initiative. Originally from Hawai'i, Jamie is a University of Washington graduate and has been a Seattle resident for over fourteen years. She currently lives in the 130th station area.



Photo of Rian Watt  Rian Watt

  Joined Commission: 2019  

  Get Engaged term ends: 2020




Rian is an Improvement Advisor at Community Solutions, a group dedicated to proving that homelessness is a solvable problem, one community at a time. At CS, he works with key international communities dedicated to ending homelessness and with partners making large-scale change across the United States and Canada. Prior to joining CS, Rian led research, technical assistance, & evaluation projects for federal, state, and philanthropic clients as a Senior Analyst at Abt Associates, a national research and evaluation firm, with a focus on housing, homelessness, and anti-poverty efforts. In Seattle, he serves as a direct service Meal Coordinator two nights a week for Teen Feed, a low-barrier meal program for homeless and unstably housed youth in the University District, and as a freelance sportswriter, covering the Mariners and national baseball as member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Rian got his undergraduate degree from Clark University in Worcester, MA (in Economics and Political Science) and his master's degree in Public Management and Governance from the London School of Economics. He rents in Phinney Ridge with his wife (Jenny) and cat (Penny).