Who We Are

The Seattle Women's Commission is composed of 21 accomplished individuals who come together as volunteers to research, analyze and make recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, and City Departments on issues facing women in Seattle. Nine commissioners are appointed by the Mayor, nine appointments are made by the City Council, and two appointments are made by the Commission. Commissioners are appointed to a two year term of office and serve without pay. A 21st member joins the Commission each year through Get Engaged, a leadership development program for 18-29 year olds.

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights provides staff and support to the Commission.

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Meet Our Commissioners

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Erica J. Soelling

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 07/02/15 - 07/01/17

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Idabelle Fosse

Co-Chair
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 07/02/15 - 07/01/17

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Jacquelyn Kurdas

Get Engaged Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 09/01/16 - 08/31/17

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Lakeisha Jackson

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 07/02/16 - 07/01/18

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Lakeisha (Keisha) is the Assistant Director of the Consulting and Business Development Center at the University of Washington (UW) Foster School of Business. Prior to her work at UW, Keisha worked at College Success Foundation (CSF) as Program Associate for the College and Alumni Services Department and then at Seattle University as Coordinator of Off-Campus Student Life in the Division of Student Development. Much of her professional career has involved working with underrepresented students in the college to career pipeline. Keisha earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Sociology (double major) from Western Washington University. She earned her Master of Arts in Student Development Administration from Seattle University. She volunteers in the Greater Seattle area mentoring young women and delivering college and career preparation presentations to students, on the CSF Board of Directors and in the Seattle Urban League Young Professionals. Keisha hopes to support SWC’s work around violence prevention and economic opportunities for women while she serves as a commissioner.

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Loida Erhard

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 07/02/16 - 07/01/18

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Michele Frix

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 07/02/16 - 07/01/18

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Michele serves as Director of Programs for the Seattle International Foundation (SIF), and international grant maker with a focus on women’s leadership and public policy in Central America. Prior to joining SIF in 2009 as the Foundation’s first Program Officer, Michele worked as a Research Analyst for the Technology and Social Change Group at the University of Washington. Her fieldwork in Latin America has focused on human rights, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, women’s leadership and the role of technology in international development. She graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. from the Jackson School of International Studies, and a minor in Human Rights. Michele comes from a military family and is deeply committed to advocating for veterans and their families. Michele is passionate about connecting women leaders from different countries, in order to address complex issues such as violence against women and access to justice.

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Morgan Beach

Co-Chair
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 07/02/15 - 07/01/17

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Morgan works in corporate partnership development for the American Red Cross. She has held past positions in program and policy analysis with United Way and Human Rights Watch. She holds a Master in Public Policy concentrating in State & Local Policy and Economics from Pepperdine University, where she served as the President of Women in Public Policy, and a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Denver. Morgan also serves as the volunteer 43rd Legislative District Co-Chair with Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest. Morgan uses her experience addressing local emergency rehousing, tenant rights and low-income housing limitations to inform public social programs as they are applied to women who live and work in Seattle.

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Rokea Jones

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 07/02/15 - 07/01/17

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Ruchika Tulshyan

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 07/02/16 - 07/01/18

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Tara P. Cookson

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 07/02/15 - 07/01/17

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Teresa Springer

Co-Chair
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 07/02/16 - 07/01/18

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Teresa is the founder and visionary for Teresa Springer International, a multi-media marketing and business development consulting firm as well as a franchise owner of an Emerald City Smoothie store in downtown Seattle. Teresa also founded a non-profit organization, Trinity Organizational Society in 2008 to assist children, families and business start-ups in need of in-kind support. Teresa has remained active in community efforts including the Professional Women of Color Network (PWOCN) where she is the Chapter Director and the Network of Women (NoW) Seattle Chapter where she is Co-Chair. Teresa will use her knowledge, experience and resources to educate, empower and transform the way women face challenges personally and professionally in a predominantly male economic climate.

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Tracey Whitten

Co-Chair
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 07/02/15 - 07/01/17

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Tracey serves as the Internal Organizer for AFT Washington, focused primarily on leadership development and membership engagement, she also acts as the community relations liaison. Before joining AFT she worked as an External Organizer for SEIU Local 925 working extensively on improving working conditions for non-union members and organizing hundreds of volunteers to engage in discussion and action around the economy and job creation. She received B.A. in Organizational Communication with a focus in Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida. As part of her study, she went to Malawi, Africa for a humanitarian trip where she promoted HIV awareness and testing. Her past projects include volunteering with Planned Parenthood Votes and Child Care Resources to champion support for women's rights and the rights of childcare providers. As the third and youngest child of an immigrant family from Jamaica, Tracey had the opportunity to view the ideals of American values through the lens of two different worlds and she credits this experience for her early onset to fight for social justice.

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Xochitl Makovich

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 07/02/16 - 07/01/18

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