Vanessa is honored to have joined the Commission staff in 2014.
Vanessa has a strong commitment to proactive public policy that successfully guides enduring investment in our public and private realm. She believes the diversity of perspectives and experience offered by the Commissioners to elected officials and City staff is invaluable.
Prior to joining the Commission staff Vanessa was an Urban Planner for the City of Seattle and worked on a variety of projects ranging from Neighborhood plan updates, policies governing major institutions and transit oriented development in the vicinity of the Capitol Hill light rail station.
A perfect day in Seattle for Vanessa includes a walk without an itinerary and unrushed people watching. Perhaps a visit to Seattle Center, popping in at the Henry and the Frye, grocery shopping in the International District, an urban stroll through Capitol Hill and a low tide sunset stroll at Golden Gardens. Or another serendipitous wander....
Vanessa lives in northwest Seattle with her husband, son, cat and tortoise. Outdoor music concerts, impromptu street closures, gazing at the Olympic skyline from various parts of the city and watching her son delight in the variety of fun Seattle has to offer all make her happy.
Jesseca joined the Commission staff in 2013.
Jesseca was excited to join the staff of the Commission because they drive the debate issues like housing, transit and how we grow as a City. The Commission's work is a vital part of what makes Seattle a great place to live and she is energized to work with such a great group of people that volunteer countless hours to make Seattle better.
Her previous work experience includes environmental advocacy and political consulting. She has been fortunate enough to be paid for doing work that makes her happy. She brings to her work a passion and commitment for making Seattle a great place to live.
Jesseca's favorite place in Seattle is her neighborhood Columbia City. It embodies what she cares most about - great people, family friendly, great restaurants, easy access by transit to other neighborhoods, and a proximity to the water with acres of open space.
Jesseca lives in New Rainier Vista, a Hope 6 project, with her husband and two kids. In her off time she can be found advocating for environmental causes, leading her daughters Girl Scout troop or just exploring one of the many great parks in the City.
Demographer and Senior Policy Analyst
Diana joined the Commission staff in 2008.
Diana has been "data-driven" from day one, even before that phrase became part of the planning and policy lexicon. That drive-and her desire to contribute to the development of inclusive and sustainably-planned communities-are what originally brought her to her dual Demographer/Senior Policy Analyst role with the Seattle Planning Commission. Those motivators, as well as the ongoing chance to work with and learn from an amazing group of Commissioners and colleagues, continue to make her feel incredibly fortunate in her position.
Diana filled the Commission's then newly-created Demographer/Senior Analyst position in 2008, after working for 10 years with the City of Bellevue. She went to Pomona College then completed a Master's Degree at the UW Evans School of Public Affairs. Her first job out of grad school was with a small consulting firm where she recommended recycling policy and programs to local governments, got behind-the-scenes looks at recycling sorting facilities and learned about the do's-and-don't of feeding food waste to pigs. At different points in her career she had the opportunity to work in three state capitols.
Apart from her job, Diana enjoys being a mom, international cooking, reading neuroscience articles, and hanging out with family and friends. One of her favorite places is Kubota Garden in South Seattle, which she says is always worth the trek from her home in Lake Forest Park.
Administrative Assistant to the Planning Commission
Robin joined the Commission staff in 2004.
Robin has served the Commission for over 9 years and brings a commitment to public service and a love of multi-tasking and organization that keeps the Commission running smoothly. Before joining the Commission Robin worked for several non-profit organizations that focused on social justice and equity.
Robin's favorite place in Seattle is the Pike Place market. She loves bringing her out of town visitors there as it exhibits Seattle's diversity and highlights all the things that make Seattle great.
Robin lives on Vashon Island with her partner and their two children. Her family is her top priority and when she is not working, she is most definitely enjoying time with them. While she can appreciate the City life, living on Vashon allows her a quiet rural setting that is also very compatible with her love for outdoors activities like hiking and fishing.