Commissioners

Grace Kim

Grace Kim

Chair
Term: Expires 2018

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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 work on Seattle's Central Waterfront, a modular construction project for the Renton Housing Authority, a dense urban cohousing project in Seattle, another cohousing project in Portland on a former land-fill for a Zen Buddhist community, and the new urban Seattle stores for CVS Pharmacy.

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

Grace lives on Capitol Hill with her husband and daughter.  When she isn't designing for her clients she can be found skiing, enjoying food with friends and experiencing traditional Korean dancing and drumming.

Kara Martin

Kara Martin

Vice-Chair
Term: Expires 2017

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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 is a principal/owner at Healthy Community Planning, a consulting firm specializing in community health and food system planning. She lives in West Seattle with her husband, kids and dogs. Her favorite place in Seattle is Schmitz Park.

Michael Austin

Michael Austin

Co-Chair of Housing and Neighborhoods Committee
Term: Expires 2017

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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.

Keiko Budech

Keiko Budech

Land Use and Transportation Committee
Term: Expires 2017

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Keiko is honored to join the Planning Commission and work on sustainable, forward-looking urban policy solutions. As a native Seattle resident, she brings to the Commission her commitment to increase opportunity to every corner of Seattle. She wants to help change the narrative of what a livable city should look and feel like: a welcoming place where people from all walks of life can live, grow, and work.

Keiko is excited to represent youth voice in local government and work on critical policies such as the HALA recommendations and the 2035 Comprehensive Plan during her term as a 2016-2017 Get Engaged commissioner.

Keiko currently works at Sightline Institute, a sustainability think tank, where she promotes Sightline research to Northwest media and decisionmakers. Keiko graduated with honors in Environmental Policy from Pitzer College. She currently serves on the advisory board of YMCA Earth Service Corps and is a member of Environmental Professionals of Color Seattle. Keiko brings an equity lens to her work, where she communicates policies and ideas in a manner that challenges power dynamics, invites more perspectives, and points to a just way forward.

Keiko lives in a cooperative home in Montlake and enjoys biking and light-railing around town.

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.

Lauren Craig

Land Use and Transportation Committee
Term: Expires 2016

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Lauren brings to the Commission a critical policy analysis lens, with experience at the intersection of development and public policy at the federal, state, and local level in various jurisdictions. Lauren is currently the Strategic Research Manager for labor union SEIU 775. Previous positions held include policy counsel for the Seattle non-profit Puget Sound Sage's affordable housing and land-use campaigns, a regulatory attorney for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in New York City, NY, and an environmental public policy analyst for the regionalist think tank Bay Area Council in San Francisco, CA.   Lauren holds a law degree from Rutgers School of Law in New Jersey, where she co-chaired the Rutgers Law Human Rights Forum, and focused her legal studies in the fields of environmental and equitable development. 

Lauren is honored to have been chosen for a seat on Seattle's Planning Commission, as she believes the city is a special place, gifted with an enormous opportunity to shape positive growth. Lauren lives in the Fremont-Phinney neighborhood.

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.

Jake McKinstry

Land Use and Transportation Committee
Term: Expires 2018

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With a passion for developing unique urban mixed-use infill projects that focus on community & sustainability, Jake brings a broad depth of development experience to the Commission. His expertise spans many project types from new ground up development to adaptive reuse of historic buildings.

Jake is a Principal at Spectrum Development Solutions - a real estate advisory and development firm that approaches every project with the goal of meeting a need and providing value to the communities in which we work, build and live. Spectrum's development projects encompass new student housing and mixed-use multifamily projects to neighborhood healthcare clinics and master redevelopments of large sites. 

Jake is a LEED Accredited Professional with a Master of Science degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Boston College. Jake recently served on a working group for the Mayor's Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) taskforce and has been an active leader in Habitat for Humanity & Jimmy Carter Work Projects since the age of 15.

Tim Parham

Tim Parham

Co-Chair Housing and Neighborhoods Committee
Term: Expires 2016

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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.

Marj Press

Marj Press

Land Use and Transportation Committee
Term: Expires 2016

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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 2017

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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

Land Use and Transportation Committee
Term: Expires 2017

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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 2019

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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 as the Community Development Program Manager at Capitol Hill Housing. Prior to CHH, Jamie worked 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 Community Steering Committee for Climate Justice 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 long term Wallingford resident.

Commissioner Patti Wilma

Patti Wilma

Land Use and Transportation Committee
Term: Expires 2017

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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.  She currently works for the City of Bellevue Planning and Community Development Department with a focus on urban design and land use. 

Patti lives with her husband in the Wedgwood neighborhood.