Community Task Force

The West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force ensures the many voices and concerns of the community are not only heard, but consistently advocated for.  

We took care to select members from all over West Seattle and the Duwamish Valley, including neighborhood groups from the Junction to Georgetown to South Park to Highland Park to SODO. The group is also comprised of elected officials, West Seattle businesses, and industrial and maritime businesses and their workers.   

Members will help ensure transparency, clear communication, and broad community engagement and understanding around both traffic mitigation efforts and the future path forward for the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge as we address new data, public input, fiscal challenges, and many other important factors that will inform consideration of repair versus replace scenarios.  

Meetings 

The West Seattle High-Rise Bridge Community Task Force will hold another virtual meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 12 to 2 PM. All Community Task Force meetings are now streamed live on YouTube and we invite you to watch.

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 from 12 to 2 PM

At this meeting, the Task Force members will discuss the decision to repair the High-Rise Bridge and report on what they're hearing within their communities. SDOT will provide updates on the High-Rise Bridge repair work and the Reconnect West Seattle Implementation Plan. Additionally, the Task Force members will discuss their role moving forward knowing the bridge will be repaired. 

Watch the meeting.

Confirmed Task Force members 

  • Paulina Lopez, Co-chair, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition 
  • Greg Nickels, Co-chair, 51st Mayor of Seattle 
  • Charlie Able, JuNO (Junction Neighborhood Organization) and EAJ (East Alaska Junction Neighborhood Organization)
  • Dan Austin, business owner, Peel and Press, West Seattle Chamber of Commerce boardmember 
  • Mark Aytch, primary care provider and activist 
  • Deb Barker, West Seattle Transportation Coalition Boardmember 
  • Tommy Bauer, Office of US Senator Maria Cantwell, ex officio member 
  • David Bestock, Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, Youngstown Cultural Arts 
  • Ken Bowden, Nucor Steel, West Seattle Chamber of Commerce Boardmember 
  • Todd Carden, Elliott Bay Brewery & Pub 
  • Marci Carpenter, National Federation of the Blind Washington Chapter, charter member and former chair of Transit Advisory Board
  • Eileen Cody, Washington State Representative 34th Legislative District, ex officio member 
  • Shayna Daitch, Office of US Senator Patty Murray, ex officio member 
  • Colleen Desmond, neighborhood advocate  
  • Katie Garrow, Deputy Executive Secretary, Martin Luther King, Jr County Labor Council 
  • Peter Goldman, Washington Environmental Council Boardmember 
  • Erin Goodman, SODO Business Improvement Association  
  • Jolene Haas, Duwamish Long House and Cultural Center Director  
  • Anne Higuera, Ventana Construction, West Seattle Chamber of Commerce 
  • Jill Mackie, Senior Vice-President, Vigor Shipyard 
  • Tim McConnell, West Seattle Runner 
  • John Persak, Georgetown Community Council 
  • Lora Radford, West Seattle Junction Business Improvement Association (BIA) 
  • Greg Ramirez, Georgetown Community Council 
  • Aley Thompson, South Park Neighborhood Association 
  • Bob Watters, SSA Marine, Harbor Island 
  • Joe Nguyen, Washington State Senator 34th Legislative District, ex officio member 
  • Joe Fitzgibbon, Washington State Representative 34th Legislative District, ex officio member 
  • Joe McDermott, King County Council Vice Chair, ex officio member 
  • Lisa Herbold, Seattle City Councilmember, ex officio member 
  • Diane Sosne, SEIU, health care workers, Admiral District
  • Peter Steinbrueck, Port of Seattle Commissioner, former City of Seattle Council Member, ex officio member 
  • Jen Temple, West Seattle Bridge Now
  • Alex Pedersen, Seattle City Councilmember District 4; Chair, Transportation and Utilities Committee, alternate and ex officio member 
  • Yazmin Mehdi, Deputy District Director for US House Representative Pramila Jayapal (7th District), ex officio member 
  • Rachel Smith, Deputy King County Executive, Dow Constantine's Office, ex officio member 
  • Shefali Ranganathan, Deputy Mayor, City of Seattle, ex officio member