Commissioners

Grace Kim

Grace Kim

Chair
Term: Expires 2020

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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.

Grace is a founding partner of Schemata Workshop, an architecture and urban design practice based in Seattle. They work with a variety of public, private, and non-profit clients to create community focused projects. Their current projects include two mixed-use buildings in the Transit Oriented Development at the Sound Transit Capitol Hill Station, affordable housing for the Renton Housing Authority, student housing in the University District, park shelter for Portage Bay Park, and neighborhood design guidelines for the Central Area.

Grace's favorite place in Seattle is Capitol Hill, where her home and office is located. She is a founding member and lives at the Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing project with her husband and daughter. She chose the location because of its ability to support the full spectrum of life without reliance of the automobile.

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

Tim Parham

Tim Parham

Vice-Chair
Term: Expires 2019

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Tim is a Real Estate Development Associate, Plymouth Housing Group; a non-profit that works to prevent homelessness and address its root causes.  He has experience in transit-oriented development, low impact development, economic development, and affordable housing policy, and developing and maintaining urban supportive housing. Interested in creating affordable communities near our cities transit investments. Involved with Othello Station Community Advisory Team and Othello Park Alliance.

Tim lives with his wife in the Othello neighborhoood.

Michael Austin

Michael Austin

Co-Chair of Housing and Neighborhoods Committee
Term: Expires 2020

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An active member of the local design community, Michael became interested in joining the Planning Commission after serving as the Get Engaged representative for the East Design Review Board. He brings a passion for seeking equitable planning solutions to both short and long-range efforts that will shape the various neighborhoods of Seattle, and the City as a whole.

Michael is a Planner with Perkins+Will, where he is involved in planning and design projects throughout the Pacific Northwest. He brings experience in community outreach, neighborhood-scale planning, and data visualization. He received his Masters in Architecture from Pratt Institute in New York and his Bachelors in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, during which he studied abroad in the Czech Republic.

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

Eileen Canola

Eileen Canola

Land Use and Transportation Committee
Term: Expires 2019

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Eileen is honored to serve on the Planning Commission and brings a passion for resilient, vibrant communities that can be enjoyed by all residents.

As a Senior Planner with Snohomish County Planning and Development Services, Eileen works on a variety of long range planning policies and development regulations.

Eileen is a native of San Francisco and has lived in Seattle for over 15 years. She lives in the Victory Heights neighborhood with her husband and daughter. She enjoys long walks, hiking, and fishing.

Sandra Fried

Housing and Neighborhoods Committee
Term: Expires 2018

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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 Country.

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, and has lived in Seattle for fourteen years. She lives in Columbia City with her husband and daughter.

David Goldberg

David Goldberg

Land Use and Transportation Committee
Term: Expires 2018

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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 1990s, 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.

Ellen Lohe

Get Engaged Commissioner
Term: Expires 2018

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Ellen is honored to serve on the Planning Commission and participate in conversations about increasing equity in Seattle.  She is passionate about pursuing policy solutions that make the city a more affordable, livable, and sustainable home for all.  Ellen is the 2017-2018 Get Engaged Commissioner.

Ellen works as an affordable housing developer at Beacon Development Group. She holds a Master's Degree in City Planning and has worked for the NYC Department of City Planning and the Boston Redevelopment Authority.  Ellen also worked as an urban designer for three years in Shanghai, China.    

Ellen lives in the Mt. Baker neighborhood and enjoys exploring the city via light rail and bike.

Kara Martin

Kara Martin

Housing and Neighborhoods Committee
Term: Expires 2020

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Kara joined the Planning Commission because she is passionate about ensuring residents can live healthy, active lives in all Seattle neighborhoods. Kara is committed to seeing that community health and equity are addressed and integrated with other critical planning issues such as affordable housing, job creation, and transportation access.

Kara has been working on community-based food projects for over 15 years and is the program director for the Food Innovation Network. She is a certified planner and holds a Master’s Degree in urban planning with a focus on food systems and has worked on local plans and policy, community assessments and project development with governments and nonprofits in King County since 2007.

Kara lives in West Seattle with her husband, two kids and dog. Her favorite place in Seattle is Schmitz Park.

Marj Press

Marj Press

Land Use and Transportation Committee
Term: Expires 2019

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Marj currently serves on the Land Use and Transportation Committee and represents the Planning Commission on the Light Rail Review Panel.

Marj serves on the Planning Commission because it is an exceptional opportunity to give back to her community.  She has a strong commitment to make Seattle a great place to live as demonstrated by her long career in urban planning.

Marj is a small business owner in the Capital Hill neighborhood.  Marj is also an immediate Past Chair of the American Planning Association (APA) Divisions Council.

Marj has over twenty-plus years as a planner analyzing the feasibility and environmental effects of transportation infrastructure projects in the Puget Sound Region and across the United States, with a particular focus in transportation and environmental planning; community outreach and consensus building; bringing together multi-disciplinary interests and ideas; and project management.

Marj lives in the Wallingford neighborhood but enjoys all our wonderful neighborhoods with their nuances and distinct features and to experience the diversity (food, activities, and physical features) available in and around Seattle.

Julio Sanchez

Julio Sanchez

Housing and Neighborhoods Committee
Term: Expires 2019

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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.....

Commissioner David Shelton

David Shelton

Co-Chair Land Use and Transportation Committee
Term: Expires 2020

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David joined the Planning Commission to apply his experience as a professional planner and his personal commitment to sustainable transportation and development to help make Seattle a great place to live and work.

David is a transportation planner with Parsons Brinckerhoff, where he leads planning studies on multiple transportation modes, including light rail, streetcar, bus, ferries, pedestrians, bikes, and autos. David previously served on the board of Transportation Choices Coalition and is passionate about providing abundant, convenient, and safe travel choices for residents of Seattle. He regularly bikes or walks from his home to his office in downtown Seattle, and he loves that his kids would rather walk, bike, or take transit than ride in a car. His favorite parts of Seattle alternate between the verdant natural places (such as Volunteer Park, Interlaken Park, and Lake Washington beaches) and the vibrant urban places (such as Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, and the Pike/Pine corridor).

David lives on Capitol Hill with his wife and two kids.

Lauren Squire

Lauren Squires

Co-Chair of the Housing & Neighborhoods Committee
Term: Expires 2019

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Lauren is an urban planner at SvR Design Company. She is enthusiastic about bicycle and pedestrian planning and sustainable community development. Lauren is eager to use her background in planning and sustainable design and her interests in social equity and active transportation to shape Seattle’s growth as a livable city for all. She is active in the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways movement for safe and healthy streets in the Rainier Valley. A recent transplant from Bellingham, WA, Lauren has worked on a variety of projects from WWU campus sustainability initiatives to envisioning Bellingham’s industrial waterfront as an EcoDistrict.

Lauren lives in the Mt. Baker neighborhood. She enjoys neighborhood coffee shops, bluegrass music, living a car-free lifestyle and being on the water or in the mountains.

Jamie Stroble

Jamie Stroble

Housing and Neighborhoods Committee
Term: Expires 2018

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A passionate community development professional, Jamie joined the Planning Commission to be a part of nurturing equitable resiliency 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 currently works for King County's Climate Action Team as the lead on climate change related community engagement and partnership efforts, climate justice and community resiliency, and the integration of equity and social justice into our regional climate action work. Before becoming a bureactivist, Jamie worked for a non-profit in the Chinatown/International District, engaging and empowering Asian Pacific Islander (API) youth and elders around environmental justice and community development issues. She currently serves on the board of the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF), the Climate Justice Committee with Got Green, and just finished her term on Mayor Murray's Environment & Equity Initiative Community Partners Steering Committee.

Originally from Hawai'i, Jamie is a University of Washington graduate and has been a Seattle resident for over twelve years. She currently lives in the Northgate/Lake City area.

Commissioner Patti Wilma

Patti Wilma

Co-Chair of the Land Use & Transportation Committee
Term: Expires 2020

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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.