Who We Are

In 2019, the Board consists of nine members who reflect the domestic work industry and who have a demonstrated interest in improving domestic work industry standards. The Mayor and City Council each appoint four members and the Board appoints one member. In 2020, the Board will increase to 13 members. The initial nine members serve for two-or-three-year terms. Future members will serve three-year terms. 

The Domestic Workers Ordinance, Seattle Municipal Code 14.23 guides the composition of the Domestic Workers Standards Board.  The Seattle Office of Labor Standards provides staff and support to the Board.

Meet Our Commissioners

Dana Barnett, Domestic Workers Standards Board

Dana Barnett

Co-Chair
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 3/1/19 - 2/28/22

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Dana Barnett is the Diversity and Inclusion Specialist at the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), and liaison to the WSBA Diversity Committee and the Race Equity and Justice Initiative. She entered the legal field through a staff position at the Mediation Center of Dutchess County Poughkeepsie, New York, and taught mediation courses at Hofstra Law School and Temple University. She spent the last two decades as a community organizer and a social and racial justice facilitator working with a large variety of non-profit, government, schools, businesses, and community organizations.  She has a bachelor's in philosophy and a master's in humanistic/multicultural education. Dana and her partner are East Coast transplants to Seattle.  They are raising their child far away from family networks and support. They appreciate the domestic workers who help make it possible to hold together a household and full-time jobs. Dana is excited to be part of the Domestic Workers Standards Board and to apply her values to her own role as an employer and support others in doing the same. 

Emily Dills, Domestic Workers Standards Board

Emily Dills

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 3/1/21 - 2/28/24

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Emily is a former college nanny who was fortunate enough to have been employed by a family who valued her work and offered benefits and payroll before it was common to do so. She subsequently founded the award-winning company seattlenanny.com, which has been helping local families to become informed employers since 1997. Her business has served clients like Microsoft and Google; and has helped to design and launch the backup childcare benefits programs of companies such as Perkins Coie and Seattle Children's Hospital. She currently participates in the Washington State Representative Reeves' Child Care Collaborative Task Force to address the crisis of quality and affordable childcare. She feels honored to be a member of the first Domestic Workers Standards Board. Her goal is to lend an experienced and balanced voice from the perspective of both the employer and employee.

 

Baylie Freeman, Domestic Workers Standards Board

Baylie Freeman

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 3/1/20 - 2/28/23

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Baylie Freeman began working as a professional nanny in 2015, following a career as a teacher and daycare worker, totaling over 10 years of childcare service. In July 2020, she took up the role of Director of Client Engagement and Social Responsibility at Seattle Nanny Network. In this position, she helps families find nannies, educates the parents on their responsibilities regarding labor law compliance, and teaches them how to manage communication and boundaries with their new hire. She helped found the Nanny Collective (under the umbrella of the Fair Work Center/Working Washington) to create an advocacy space for nannies and au pairs to share their stories and influence lawmakers. She has been the Co-Chair of the Domestic Workers Standards Board since January 2021 and is excited to continue to center and empower the voices of those too vulnerable to advocate for themselves. Baylie holds a Master of Science (Child & Developmental Psychology) from Southern New Hampshire University and Bachelor of Arts from Evergreen State College.

Jordan Goldwarg

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 3/1/20 - 2/28/22

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Jordan is a domestic worker hiring entity of a house cleaner. In his professional life he has been a high school teacher and nonprofit executive, and currently serves as Executive Director of OneWorld Now, a youth development nonprofit. He also is an active volunteer with the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) and a number of progressive political causes. Jordan is passionate about racial equity and looks forward to helping ensure that all domestic workers in our city have dignified working conditions and are valued for the critical services they provide.

Silvia González, Domestic Workers Standards Board

Silvia González

Co-Chair
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 3/1/21 - 2/28/24

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Silvia González is a mother and has been an immigrant domestic worker for about 15 years. Silvia has combined her work of cleaning houses with work as a staff member of Casa Latina for the last five years. This helps her see the real needs of her compañerxs domestic workers and to make sure that their voices can be heard and that changes can be achieved in this labor sector.  Silvia has also been part of the Board of Directors of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) for three years, where they are currently working on the Bill of Rights for domestic workers at the national level and the launch of Alia (portable benefits for workers who clean houses). Silvia played a very active role in the campaign to pass the bill of rights at the local Seattle level as an organizer for domestic workers at Casa Latina.  

Teresa Hillis

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 3/1/19 - 2/28/21

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Teresa Hillis is the Director of the 30/30 Project, a non-profit dedicated to equitable construction of medical facilities around the world. With over ten years of professional non-profit experience from around the globe, Teresa has been leading the project since 2015. She formerly worked with the senior leadership and project management teams at Swedish Health Services, the government relations and advocacy team at International Justice Mission and on the ground in Pretoria, South Africa as a project manager for the Tshwane Leadership Foundation. Teresa is a long-time advocate of providing healthcare to communities in need around the world and believes that sustainable infrastructure can influence the health of a community for years to come. Her passion for human rights, health care equality, and poverty alleviation led her around the world over fifteen years as she worked and studied in Africa, Europe, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Teresa holds an Executive Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Policy and a bachelor's from the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies.

Liz Hunter-Keller, Domestic Workers Standards Board

Liz Hunter-Keller

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 3/1/21 - 2/28/24

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Liz Hunter-Keller is a marketing and communications professional who lives in Seattle with her husband and two children. She has a master's in communications and digital media from the University of Washington and is one of the original members of the Womxn's March Seattle team, with whom she has organized for the last three years. Liz credits the support of amazing domestic workers, including nannies and a housekeeper, with keeping her life and family happy and healthy, and she believes domestic workers deserve the same rights, protections, and opportunities any worker enjoys in the United States. 

 

Lani Todd, Domestic Workers Standards Board

Lani Todd

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 3/1/19 - 2/28/22

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Lani Todd is the Legislative and Public Policy Director at SEIU 775 and has held that role since 2015.  Previously, Lani worked as the Political Director for SEIU 925. Lani received her Juris Doctor from the University of California Davis and her undergraduate degree at Western Washington University. Before lobbying, she worked as an organizer and political fundraiser.