Councilmember Rob Saka's Staff

Elaine Ikoma Ko

Elaine Ikoma Ko

Chief of Staff

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Elaine (she/her) is pleased to join Councilmember Rob Saka’s team. Elaine brings experience in local government coming from the City’s ARTS office and previously serving as the Director of the Office for Women’s Rights under former Mayor Norm Rice. She was the founding Director of the Port of Seattle’s Office of Social Responsibility and served as Executive Director of InterIm Community Development Association in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District.

Elaine earned a B.A. in Communications from the University of Washington and an MBA from City University. A native Seattleite, she attended Seattle Public Schools and graduated from Cleveland High School. She is a long-time former resident of West Seattle and currently lives in South Park with her husband John.

Elaine can be seen around town at local plays and enjoys writing and leading group tours to Japan.

Heather Marx

Heather Marx

Policy Advsior

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Heather brings 25 years of city policy experience to the role, with a particular focus on transportation. Before joining our team, Heather served as Strategic Initiatives Director at the Seattle Police Department, and as the Program Director for Seattle Department of Transportation’s West Seattle Bridge Safety Program. While at SDOT, she led the Department’s efforts to successfully reopen the West Seattle Bridge. She brings a wealth of policy expertise in the critically important issue areas of public safety and transportation. Heather is a long-time resident of District 1 where she raised two children in Seattle Public Schools and lives in the Fauntleroy neighborhood with her husband.  

Leyla Gheisar

Leyla Gheisar

District Relations Director and Scheduler

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Leyla (they/them) is a lifelong Seattleite, and is proud to be serving their city as a liaison between constituents and Councilmember Saka’s office. Leyla has a love for District 1, as they went to middle school in West Seattle, volunteered nearby in White Center for years, and previously worked for its Congressional member, Pramila Jayapal. Leyla brings experience in government from the county, state, and federal levels, and previously worked in the City’s Legislative Department under Council President Debora Juarez. They are excited to be contributing their experience to the work of Councilmember Saka, and serve as a presence for the office within District 1.

Leyla earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Public Affairs from Seattle University. Go Redhawks!