Meet the Committee

The District Oversight Committee is a 15-member community advisory board, serving three-year terms (with the exception of the first round of appointments, which are staggered in term). The composition of the Committee is:

  • Four members from Board of Park Commissioners
  • Seven members, one from each Council district
  • Four members on recommendation from City commissions
  • All member appointments are confirmed by the City Council
  • The Mayor appoints the Chair of the committee
Lylianna Allala

Lylianna Allala

Committee Chair
Commission Member – Seattle Women’s Commission
Term: 04/13/15 - 04/13/18

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Lylianna is a Commissioner on the Seattle Women's Commission. She is a cultural competency facilitator for the Environmental Leadership Program and is also a recruiting and placement coordinator for the Student Conservation Association. Prior to this she was the Restoration Program Director and a grants manager for the Nature Consortium.

Lylianna also has experience as a wetland and upland restoration assistant and as a forestry technician.

She holds a BA in English from Winona State University,  and a certificate in wetland science and management from the University of Washington, and a certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University.

Patti Wilma

Patti Wilma

Vice-Chair
Commission Member – Seattle Planning Commission
Term: 04/13/15 - 04/13/18

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Patti is member of the Seattle Planning Commission. She  is an Urban Design and Planning Manager for the City of Bellevue in the Planning Division. Previously she was a planning manager in the Land Use Division. Patti also served as the community development manager and a land use senior planner.

Patti has experience working in the private sector at architecture firms. She has a Bachelor of Arts in environmental design from the University of Washington.

She has experience volunteering in her communities and has been a part of the Queen Anne/Magnolia Design Review Board, the Queen Anne Community Council, the Wedgwood Community Council and the Pomegranate Center Build.

Tom Byers

Tom Byers

Term: 04/13/16 - 04/13/19

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Tom Byers is founder of the Cedar Rivers Group, an organization that collaborates with non-profits and government agencies to create solutions to some of our communities' most difficult issues. 

Tom has a background working in the public sector as Deputy Mayor under Mayor Schell; helping to create and implement ballot initiatives that brought much needed funding to Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Public Library and the redevelopment of the Seattle Center. Prior to that Tom had served as Deputy Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation where he helped develop the first comprehensive parks plan in more than 30 years. Throughout his life, Tom has dedicated himself to working for change through creative partnerships between non-profit organizations and government agencies. The majority of this work takes place in the areas of environmentalism, public health and equity.

Jennifer Calleja

Jeniffer Calleja

Commission Member – Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission
Term: 04/13/15 - 04/13/17

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Jeniffer is a co-chair of the Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission. She has extensive experience working with public housing communities and on health equity issues.

Jeniffer currently works at the Seattle Housing Authority as the Rainier Vista Community Builder.  She has held positions at Neighborhood House, the White Center Community Development Association, the Service Employees International Union and United Way of King County. 

Jeniffer has served as a volunteer for the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board and the US Cuba Women's Collaboration.   She holds a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Washington as well as a BA in Government and Political Studies from the University of Guadalajara.

Patt Copeland

Patt Copeland

Commission Member – Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities
Term: 04/13/15 - 04/13/17

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Patt is a member of the Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities. Through involvement in this Commission she has assisted in planning events in parks, and has special knowledge about accessible facilities and programs in parks.

Patt is the Executive Director of Vision Loss Connections. She has worked for the Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind, the Pike Place Market Medical Clinic and Sound Mental Health.

She has a Master's degree in Social Work from the State University of New York at Buffalo  and a Bachelor's degree in social work from the State University College at Buffalo.

Marc Daudon

Marc Daudon

District 3 Member
Term: 04/13/15 - 04/13/18

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Marc is a Senior Principal and co-founder of Cascadia Consulting Group, where he provides facilitation and development support on a range of diverse and complex projects involving research, policy analysis, consensus building and strategy development. He has more than 30 years of experience in providing environmental planning, policy and implementation services.

Mark is a gubernatorial appointee to the Board of Energy Northwest and participates on the Boards of Climate Solutions and the Washington Environmental Council.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College and a Master's degree in Public and Private Management from Yale.

Jessica Farmer

Jessica Farmer

District 5 Member
Term: 04/13/15 - 04/13/17

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Jessica is an adult education supervisor at the University of Washington's Botanic Gardens where she manages and coordinates educational programs and seminars. Prior to this Jessica was a communications specialist at Community Power Works and was a Trees for Neighborhoods program manager for Seattle's Office of Sustainability and Environment.

Jessica has experience in botany, nurseries and horticulture. She volunteers for the ecoPro Planning Program Committee for the Washington State program for Certified Sustainable Landscape Professionals and for the UW School of Environmental Forest Sciences.

Steve Gillespie

Steve Gillespie

District 7 Member
Term: 04/13/15 - 04/13/18

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A land use attorney at Foster Pepper, Steve assists public and private clients in obtaining and defending land use entitlements. In particular, Steve represents major institutions-Seattle's world-class colleges, hospitals, and universities-with their master planning and project-level permitting.

As a downtown parent, Steve and his family use downtown parks almost every day. He serves on the steering committee of Parents for a Better Downtown (formerly Downtown Seattle Families), which advocates for downtown family-friendly amenities, such as play areas and a school. Steve enjoys Ultimate Frisbee and supports youth activities for DiscNW and the South End Ultimate Program.

Steve holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Washington, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Washington School of Law.

Marlan Herrera

Marlon Herrera

Term: 04/2018 - 04/2021

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Marlon is the latest appointee to the Board of Park Commissioners through the City's Get Engaged program. He has a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies from Seattle University, where he focused on the intersection of public policy, urban design, and equity. Now, Marlon is working towards his Master of Public Administration and Master of Urban Planning at UW. Growing up in the Puget Sound region, public spaces have played a crucial role in Marlon's life.

Marlon brings policy experience from Seattle University Center for Community Engagement, the Office of Senator Cantwell, and the King County Wastewater Treatment Division. Today, he is an intern at Seattle Public Utilities, where he helps the City deliver infrastructure projects. His work centers around public works, environmental justice, and good governance.

Kelly McCaffrey

Kelly McCaffrey

Term: 04/13/16 - 04/13/18

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Kelly McCaffrey has spent 17 Seattle years working in environmental conservation.  She holds an M.P.A. from University of Washington. She was a project manager at Washington Water Trust, where she managed instream flow projects for threatened salmon bearing streams using market based approaches.  Prior to this she was a conference coordinator for the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability 500 and served as an assistant to the Governor's Sustainable Washington Advisory Panel.  She currently serves as a citizen advisor to the Resource Conservation Office for biennial evaluation of habitat conservation proposals, and as Co-Chair on SPU's Water System Advisory Committee.

Kelly lived in Lake City, Wallingford, Beacon Hill, and now spends most of her time in West Seattle with her three young children, frequently reminding them to turn the sink off when finished. She sees parks and parks issues through the lens of a mother who brings her children to play outdoors and participate in recreation activities.

Garet Munger and Charlie

Garet Munger

Term: 8/25/16 - 08/26/19

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Garet Munger is a resident of Seattle since 1973.  Since 2010, he has lived in the Green Lake Neighborhood.  As a park steward at Green Lake, Munger helps organize and manage monthly volunteer work parties in the park.  He works in partnership with the Green Seattle Partnership and Seattle Park Department staff performing park restoration.

Garet Munger holds a Masters of Science in Forest Ecology from the University of Montana School of Forest Resources. He is a retired Wetland-Wildlife Consultant. 

Dewey Potter

District 4 Member
Term: 04/13/15 - 04/13/18

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Dewey worked for the City of Seattle for 36 years. She has held numerous positions in various branches, including Parks and Recreation, the Budget Office, and the City Council. She served as the Communications Manager in the Department of Parks and Recreation from 1998 to 2013, and as the Strategic Advisor and Acting Director for the Citywide Division between 1993 and 1998.. She spent eight years in  the Office of Management and Budget as a manager, budget analyst and senior budget analyst. Before that she was a legislative aide at the Seattle City Council. Dewey as a BA in English Literature from Florida State University.

She has served as staff for numerous parks issues and has worked to resolve many parks related issues, establish new policies, and implement new processes.

Barbara Wright

Barbara Wright

Park Board Member
Term: 04/13/15 - 04/13/18

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Barbara Wright is currently a community advocate working on transportation and community livability issues. Currently, she is a member of the Seattle Board of Park Commissioners and a Bridging the Gap Oversight Committee Member. More recently, she was the Parks Citizens' Advisory Committee co-chair and is a past Board President for Transportation Choices Coalition.

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 and Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Omaha. She served on the Arboretum Foundation for over 11 years and is a past president of the Board. 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.