Who We Are

The Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities is a 21 member body of sincere and energetic volunteers who strive to use their collective capabilities and contributions to make a demonstrable improvement to the City of Seattle. The Mayor and City Council each appoint eight commissioners and the Commission appoints an additional four. Commissioners are appointed to a two year term of office and serve without pay. The 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

Anquida Adams

Anquida Adams

Chair, Inclusion Development, and Outreach Committee
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 5/1/2018 - 4/30/2020

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Anquida is a genuine, authentic, empathic, intuitive, solutions oriented, progressive, practitioner who help navigate Individuals and Corporations through times of personal & professional crisis by focusing on our core foundation of: mental self- investigation, emotional intelligence, conversational intelligence, and physical wellness. As a seasoned expert in her field with several years in education and personal hands experience behind her, she knows what truly drives self-awareness, confidence, trust, communication intelligence that will promote outcome returns in more productive teams, better managers, confident direct reports towards management, and balanced work place. Her passion for personal & professional empowerment ignited her current career path as the CEO and Founder of A.L.A. Consulting Firm.

Anquida earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with minors in Gender Studies and Leadership Skills Mississippi State University. Also, Lean Six Sigma Certified with Green Belt from UW Tacoma.

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Khazm Kogita

Member; Social Media Coordinator
Appointed by: Commission
Term: 5/1/2018 - 4/30/2020

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Khazm "King Khazm" Kogita is a multifaceted artist, educator and community organizer who has become a prominent figure in the Hip-Hop community within Seattle and around the world. His work to engage and empower communities is demonstrated through over 20 years of art and community service.

Khazm serves as a member of the Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities, board member of paralysis support organization The Here & Now Project, executive director of indie record label Fresh Chopped Beats, manager of the historic venue/community space Washington Hall, and executive director of community organization 206 Zulu.

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Jayson Morris

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 5/1/2019 - 4/30/2021

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Mr.  Morris was disabled at birth with dysgraphia with ADHD. He is a longtime advocate for people with disabilities in the following areas Education, Employment, and community participation and inclusion. His goal is to leave this disabilities community more independent in the city the when he found it.  He has an electrical engineer degree from electrical engineer degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville famous for Wernher von Braun. He has an MBA and working on His Doctorate. He serves on the Ballard Nickelsville Community Advisory Committee and elected as a precinct committee officer (PCO) of SEA 36-3318 for a local political party.

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ChrisTiana ObeySumner

Commission Co-Chair; Chair, 2018 Race and Disability Summit
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 11/1/2017 - 10/31/2019

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ChrisTiana ObeySumner is a second term commissioner, and chair of the Housing Committee. She is an Alaskan-Born, Philly-raised, East-Coast transplant who moved to the area in 2010 to attend Seattle University as a Transfer Scholar. She has her B. Sc in Psychology, a Masters of Nonprofit Leadership, and is currently pursuing her M. Ed in Clinical Mental Health & Addictions Counseling. She is also Mrs. American Beauties National 2017 whose winning platform was "Ending Homelessness with Equity and Inclusion." ChrisTiana is a nerd who loves research and statistics, WWE, and vacillates musical obsessions between WWII-era jazz and swing, and late 90's/early 2000's modern rock. She has personal experience with Neurodivergence, (psychiatric, emotional, cognitive, & developmental,) physical, and invisible chronic/zebra illnesses.

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Paula Orrego

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 9/01/2020 - 8/31/2021

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A California native, Paula graduated from Palo Alto University in 2019 with a degree in Psychology and Social Action. Paula has been an anti-bullying advocate and political activist for 10 years, touring the Bay Area with regular speaking engagements. She looks forward to the opportunity to advocate for the Disability community members in the world of city policy. She is currently attending University of Washington, pursuing a degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences.


Kristina Sawyckyj

Chair, Housing Committee
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 5/1/2018 - 4/30/2020

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Kristina is a Seattle University Senior working towards an Interdisciplinary Studies degree with hopes on going to law school. She has 7 children ages 14-29 years. She is multicultural, holding many identities close to my heart. Kristina was in the US NAVY from 1987-1992 from which she became a disabled veteran. She is active on many issues including homelessness, emergency management and disaster preparedness, transit, food insecurity, and grassroots organizing.  

Eric Scheir

Eric Scheir

Commission Co-Chair; Chair, Accessibility Committee
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 5/1/2017 - 4/30/2019

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Eric Scheir is a resident of Shoreline, Washington. Eric works as Accessibility Specialist for a national phone company. He has more than 35 years experience in local and national non-profit organizations. He brings a myriad of experiences and resources to the Commission. Determined to improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace and public arena for people who are diverse Deaf, DeafBlind, Deaf+ and Hard of Hearing, Eric strives to improve initiatives, resources and barrier-free environments within the community.

Kaitlin Skilton

Chair, Housing Committee
Appointed by: Commission
Term: 5/1/2020 - 4/30/2022

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Kristina is a Seattle University Senior working towards an Interdisciplinary Studies degree with hopes on going to law school. She has 7 children ages 14-29 years. She is multicultural, holding many identities close to my heart. Kristina was in the US NAVY from 1987-1992 from which she became a disabled veteran. She is active on many issues including homelessness, emergency management and disaster preparedness, transit, food insecurity, and grassroots organizing.  

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Jessica Williams-Hall

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 5/1/2018 - 4/30/2020

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Jessica Williams-Hall is a native of the Seattle area and grew up on Bainbridge Island.  She attended the University of Washington where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies and obtained her Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Western Washington University.  She was fortunate enough to intern at the Alliance of People with DisAbilities during her Master's Program and where she now works.  She realized early on that she would gravitate to working with other people like her that had a disability that didn't hold them back.  She really wants to make a difference on the Commission and is looking forward to making a difference.

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Hannah Wilson

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 5/01/2019 - 4/30/2021

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As a deaf, queer Black woman, the world is not usually built to serve all my needs but I strongly believe that it is possible and that if vulnerable communities are taken care of, everyone is taken care of. I am passionate about the ways we can use better urban and environmental planning to address environmental justice issues, especially ones dealing with public health. On the Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities, I plan on bringing my expertise from my academic environmental science and geography background concerning issues of climate change and sustainability, as well as my passion and organizing experience for making sure POC, LGBTQI+, Disabled, and low-income needs get pushed to the forefront of conversations.