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

Leah Miller

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 9/1/2018 - 8/31/2019
Anquida Adams

Anquida Adams

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 5/1/2018 - 4/30/2018
Rebecca Craemer

Rebecca Craemer

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 5/1/2017 - 4/30/2019

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Rebecca Craemer is an experienced attorney in the field of accessibility.

After graduating from Brooklyn Law School in 2006 as a Sparer Interest Fellow, she worked at Advocates for Children in New York representing families of children with disabilities and running a pro bono legal program. She then worked at Disability Rights Legal Center in California on impact litigation involving a broad array of issues affecting people with disabilities including; service animals, police misconduct, building/facility and programmatic accessibility challenges to private and public buildings and transportation systems. During her time in litigation, Rebecca found she had a passion for accessibility and in 2016, she became certified as an expert in building and facility accessibility (CASp) through the California Division of State Architect's Office. Rebecca plans to use her experience to help make Seattle a more accessible city.

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Khazm Kogita

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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Dianne Laurine

Member
Appointed by: Commission
Term: 11/1/2017 - 10/31/2019

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Dianne was born with Cerebral Palsy and that's all that she has ever known.  She feels lucky to have grown up with loving family and friends but know many people with disabilities are not nearly as fortunate. She is a seasoned advocate for the disabled as well as a filmmaker and artist. Her diverse life experiences and dealing with negative attitudes toward people with disabilities are her inspiration for filmmaking. She hopes to continue to contribute her passion to the work of the Commission.

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Jayson Morris

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 5/1/2017 - 4/30/2019

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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

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

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ChrisTiana ObeySumner is a 2nd 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.

Kristina Sawyckyj

Housing Committee Chair
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 5/1/2018 - 4/30/2020
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 of experience in non-profit organizations both locally and nationally. 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.

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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.