Who We Are

The Seattle Human Rights Commission consists of 21 representative residents of Seattle appointed to serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor, City Council, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, and other Seattle City departments in matters affecting human rights. Eight commissioners are appointed by the Mayor, eight are appointed by the City Council, and four are appointed by the Commission. 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.


Meet Our Commissioners

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Ryan Baldwin

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 1/23/19 - 1/22/21

Jessica Bhuiyan

Member
Appointed by: Commission
Term: 7/23/2018 - 7/22/2020

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With over sixteen years of experience in the non-profit sector, Jessica Bhuiyan is an incredibly passionate leader within the social justice and human rights advocacy movements. As an executive, coach, consultant, and change agent, Bhuiyan utilizes her expertise and experiences to make a difference for others.

Serving as Executive Director of World Without Hate, Bhuiyan is dedicated to building bridges and connecting others through the transformative power of forgiveness, compassion, empathy and understanding. Now in its 8th year of operation, Bhuiyan is focused on sustaining the long-term health and viability of this evolving organization. Having worked with various arts and culture, humanities, social justice, higher-Ed, and social service organizations, Bhuiyan also offers a variety of consulting, training, and coaching services to non-profit and impact driven organizations and professionals such as Open Arms Perinatal Services and Food Lifeline. She is also an Instructor within the University of Washington's Continuing Education's Certificate of Non-Profit Management.

Bhuiyan graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre from Marymount Manhattan College (New York, NY) and her Masters in Liberal Studies (Social Sciences & Humanities) from Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT). She also served as Managing Director of Wesleyan University's Green Street Arts Center for more than six years before turning her attention to consulting and coaching. As a dedicated volunteer, Bhuiyan also served as President of the Connecticut Chapter for the International Association of Fundraising Professionals, Chair for a local Community Foundation's Fund for Women and Girls, and Founding Co-Chair of a Live Local, Give Local 365 initiative, promoting impact by all through $1-a-day donations. Bhuiyan was named Huffington Post's Greatest Person of the Day, Hartford Business Journal's 40 under 40, Connecticut Magazine's 40 under 40, and recognized by the National Association of Professional Women.

A longtime community leader, Bhuiyan is proud to serve as a commissioner for the City of Seattle's Human Rights Commission, is a member of AFP Advancement Northwest, and the Seattle 4 Rotary, serving on the Peacebuilders committee. Bhuiyan is on the board of Atlas Assistance Dogs, works closely with Seattle Works, and is an active and engaged member of the Greater Puget Sound community. She lives in the Leschi neighborhood with her husband and beagle.

Erika Chen

Appeals Chair
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 7/23/2018 - 7/22/2020

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Erika Chen is a social justice advocate whose work in human rights started in high school, while leading SUCA (Students United for Cultural Awareness) and SEED (Seeking Equity, Education, and Diversity). She now works for Rainier Scholars, addressing education inequities by creating pathways to college graduation. Erika also spends her time participating and volunteering with many local organizations, including Social Justice Fund NW, Nonprofit Anti-Racism Coalition, Rainier Valley Corps, and the AFP Advancement NW Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Committee. She holds a Bachelor's of Business Administration from the University of Miami and a Master's of Public Administration and Non-Profit Management Certificate from the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.


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Wendy Cisneros

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 1/23/19 - 1/22/21

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Wendy Cisneros was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador. Moved to Seattle in 2006 and started her career in the Medical Field initially as an Administrative Assistant. Wendy has been a Medical Assistant and Patient Care Coordinator since 2015 and her focus has been around patient care in community health centers and communities fighting addiction and homelesness. Wendy volunteers as a spanish interpreter and patient educator with the Women's health outreach and is also a community accountability council member at Solid Ground. Wendy is passionate about health care and housing equality and she is excited about sharing the mission of SHR to community members unaware of the work that we do.

Star Dormanesh

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 7/23/19 - 7/22/21

Brian Egger

Member
Appointed by: Commission
Term: 1/23/2018 - 1/22/2020

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Originally from Beaverton, OR, Brian Egger received his bachelor of arts in politics from Willamette University, Salem, OR in May 2007 and masters of public administration from American University, Washington, DC in July 2009. While pursuing his bachelor of arts, Brian served as a committee and legislative assistant in the Oregon Legislative Assembly. Prior to relocating from to Seattle, he served as President of the Kiwanis Club of Washington, D.C. and worked to design community projects that met the needs of children attending District of Columbia Public Schools. Professionally, Brian serves as a senior analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office and in his personal life, he enjoys spending time with friends, running, traveling, and checking out the latest restaurants in Seattle. He is currently a member of Cascadia Kiwanis and hold several Kiwanis honors including the George F. Hixson Fellowship and Tablet of Honor.

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Rebeka Fonden

Member
Appointed by: Commission
Term: 7/23/20 - 07/22/21
Tyrone Grandison

Tyrone Grandison

Co-Chair
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 7/23/2019 - 7/22/2021

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Tyrone has a diverse background at the interaction of technology, data, and social good. He is a senior executive, a technologist, a researcher, an entrepreneur, a futurist, a data scientist, a keynote speaker, a coach, and a software engineer. Under his leadership, over twenty projects, frameworks, and initiatives that improve people's daily life have been delivered into the world. Empathy, collaboration and community engagement are the building blocks of his life. More information is available at his personal website

Erik Gray

Member
Appointed by: Commission
Term: 1/23/2018 - 1/22/2020

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Erik Gray is an artist, consultant, national speaker, human trafficking content expert, and community leader in Seattle, WA. Having been homeless, domestically trafficked, and HIV+, he has strived to improve systems that sought to serve him but failed. He has been engaged in community organizing and activism from HIV prevention and care to anti-oppression work for the past decade in the Seattle area. Today, Erik takes focus in anti-trafficking and sex work movements. Within these movements he most recently championed gender and LGBTQ2I+ inclusion for CSE (Commercial Sexual Exploitation) services in King county through his work at REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade) Previously, he launched a shelter focused on serving youth of color with YouthCare. He is the first and only survivor male advocate in Seattle, WA intentionally serving all genders. Erik has served on the Kitsap County Human Rights Commission, Student President of Olympic College, multiple Diversity Advisory Boards, Bailey-Boushay HIV/AIDS hospice, and he remains an active present role within local governance.


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Claire Guilmette

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 1/23/19 - 1/22/21

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Claire Guilmette is a curious leader with a mission to thoughtfully engage in solutions to pressing human rights issues in community with those most affected. Her values of deliberate thought and action, empathy, and social justice guide her career and life.

Claire's professional background is in research and data analysis in the social sector. Over the course of her career, she has researched farmers markets serving low-income communities, Seattle's Minimum Wage Ordinance, and youth and family homelessness in Washington State as a research associate with Building Changes. Informed by her research, she is passionate about economic injustice and addressing racism in the homeless crisis response system.   

She holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, and a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University.  

Originally from Seattle, she is deeply committed and passionate about advancing race and social justice in the place she calls home. Currently, she lives on Beacon Hill with her husband, Corey, and their housemates in an intentional community.

Liz Harding Chao

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 7/23/19 - 7/22/21

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Liz was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia before immigrating to the US in 2016. She has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Japanese and Mandarin from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington. Liz's human rights research, teaching and writing focuses on social justice, gender-based violence and race equity. Her work on these issues has been published and read widely in Australian and American media. Liz is passionate about using her international lens and experience to agitate change on local human rights issues in Seattle. Liz is Data and Evaluation Director for the Anchor Community Initiative at A Way Home Washington where she works with four communities in Washington to end youth and young adult homelessness.

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Robel Mulugeta

Member - Get Engaged
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 9/1/20 - 8/31/21

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Hello, my name is Robel Mulugeta, and I work as a Rotational Associate at Zillow Group. I've previously worked for the Emerson Collective doing community economic development work; assisted in inequality research; and interned for social impact startups and nonprofits around issues of affordable housing, urban sustainability, and inclusive voting. I graduated from Yale University where I studied Economics with a particular interest in Urban Policy and Data Science. I live in Beacon Hill and have grown up in Seattle nearly my entire life. My appreciation for the diversity of the city motivated me to work on the Commission; we have people from all walks of life in Seattle, yet our socioeconomic inequality is stark and institutional racism persists. As a Commissioner, I especially aim to commit myself to restorative justice and housing equity for the city's Black residents.

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Aaron Oravillo

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 7/23/2019 - 7/22/2021

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Aaron Oravillo is currently splitting his time between work and studying issues related to social justice, equity, and inclusion at school. Aaron has volunteered as a grassroots fund-raiser for local community groups, and he volunteers for organizations that center on immigration, gender, race and equity, and environmental justice. Aaron cares about the rights of the homeless, and he is conscious of the need for indigenous sovereignty. His goal in life is to identify and address the root causes of systemic oppression and help change them.

Liz Pachaud

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 7/23/2018 - 7/22/2020
Jackie Turner

Jackie Turner

Co-Chair
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 7/23/2018 - 7/22/2020

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Jackie Turner is Co-owner of Poco Wine + Spirits and a Manager of Community & Culture at Zillow, where she leads initiatives focused on creating equity. Prior to joining Zillow, Jackie worked in communication roles in technology, academia, publishing, and nonprofits. She holds a master's degree in Journalism from American University. A child of Caribbean immigrants, Jackie has championed the advancement of underrepresented  populations throughout her career. She previously served as a mentor at Year Up. Jackie is excited to advance the work of the commission and advocate for a more just community.