Meet the Board

The Board of Park Commissioners is a nine-member citizen advisory board, serving three-year terms. The composition of the Board is:

  • Four members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council
  • Four members appointed by City Council
  • One member appointed from the Get Engaged Program

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Andréa Akita

Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 4/1/2016 - 3/31/2019

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Andréa Akita has more than 20 years of experience working with organizations to develop affordable housing and increase access to human services. She currently is a consultant, working on equitable, community development initiatives in Seattle.

Andréa has a background working within the nonprofit and public sector, where she has served as the Executive Director of Interim CDA and as planning manager with Seattle Human Services Department. Andréa holds dual Masters degrees in Urban and Regional Planning and Public Administration and a degree in culinary arts.  Andréa looks forward to contributing her skills with policy and programs, and her experience in housing and healthy communities to the work of the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners.

Jessica Farmer

Commissioner
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 4/1/2018 - 3/31/2021

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For me, time spent outdoors is an opportunity to observe and engage with the larger world – the light, weather, noises, textures, plants and animals stimulate my senses, my curiosity, and my ability to cope with stress. I think the opportunity to have this experience is important to quality of life and needs to be prioritized in a dense urban environment. I am personally and professionally interested in public green spaces and the benefits they provide, both in terms of human health and well-being as well as ecosystem services. These interests have led me to a career that has included experiences in horticulture, arboriculture, education, and administration - largely within public gardens. I pursued a master’s degree in public administration at UW because I also have an interest in how public green spaces are managed, programmed, supported and preserved.

In graduate school, I had an internship with the City of Seattle focusing on public-private partnership policy in the Parks department. When my assessment and recommendations were complete, I presented them to the Parks Board of Commissioners, among others. I remember being struck by this dynamic and accomplished group of volunteers serving the department in an advisory role, and I thought that was a role I would like to fill at some point in the future. I am thrilled to now have that opportunity. In my time on the Board, I hope to share a perspective that supports park planning for varied and balanced uses, advocate for sound horticultural and urban forestry practices, and help improve service equity throughout the Parks system so that all Seattle residents can benefit from programs and services, but also from unstructured and restorative experiences in our parks.

Marlon Herrera

Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 4/1/2018 - 3/31/2021

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Marlon originally came to the Board of Park Commissioners from the City's Get Engaged program, and is now serving a second term.  He has a background in Environmental Studies, Public Policy, and Urban Planning.  He works at Seattle Public Utilities, where he helps deliver water and sewer portions of megaprojects like Link Light Rail, Seattle Streetcar, and Bertha. 

Marlon has a passion for public service, environmental justice, and the human spirit. He spends time advocating for equity, grassroots power, and strong communities.  Marlon lives in First Hill, and spends his spare time drinking coffee, strolling through parks, and shamelessly doing all the things that Seattleites do.

Evan Hundley

Evan Hundley

Appointed by: Council
Term: 04/2016 - 3/31/2019

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Evan Hundley has Masters degrees in both Public Administration and Urban Planning. He is Head of School for Explorer West Middle School in West Seattle. Prior to that, Evan taught middle school and high school History and Geography, and coached tennis and basketball. As a native Seattleite, Evan spent much of his youth coaching and teaching tennis at Seattle Park and Recreation facilities. As Head of School, he understands the importance our parks and facilities have on the lives of youth. He works to instill a sense of community engagement into his students and folds it into his curriculum through service learning and volunteerism.
Evan participates on various non-profit boards throughout the city with missions that focus on education and literacy.

Kelly McCaffrey

Kelly McCaffrey

Term: 4/1/2019 - 3/31/2022

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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.

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Deepa Sivarajan

Commission Member- Seattle Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Commission
Term: 4/1/2018 - 3/31/2021

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Deepa is queer South Asian-American woman, born and raised in West Seattle.

She currently works for EnviroIssues, specializing in public outreach and communications consulting for local governments. Deepa has a Master's in climate change studies, and she has previously worked as an organizer for electoral and environmental campaigns in the Puget Sound region. She is passionate about environmental justice, which aims to address the disproportionate effect of environmental degradation on communities of color and low-income communities. Deepa envisions a bigger role for environmental justice (EJ) advocacy in queer and trans activist spaces, centering the voices and needs of QTPOC. She hopes that her work with the commission will further her interest in integrating EJ perspectives into policy, particularly in making recommendations on homelessness, displacement, and LGBTQ community spaces. 

Jessica Vu

Get Engaged Program
Term: 9/1/20 - 9/1/21

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Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Jessica grew up with a strong appreciation for both the natural spaces and diverse communities that make up the region. As a project manager at Forterra, she currently works to foster equitable and sustainable communities through land-use policy and stakeholder engagement.

Jessica has built her career around advancing racial equity through mission-based work related to food systems, land-use, public health, and economic development. She holds an MPA from the University of Washington and a BA in political ecology and food systems from New York University. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys taking on ambitious cooking projects, running along Lake Washington, and visiting the region's many alpine lakes.  

Sean Watts

Sean Watts

District 5 Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 04/1/2017 - 03/31/2020

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Sean Watts has a strong commitment to, and background in, bringing communities of color and underrepresented communities to the table. He has extensive experience in equity work with focuses on creating public spaces in communities that reflect the needs and wants of the people who live there.

Sean’s educational background in environmental science, combined with his experience and passion for community building, will provide great insight to the Park District Oversight Committee as they start to think about the next 6-year cycle of the Park District.