Who We Are

The Seattle Human Rights Commission consists of 16 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. Seven commissioners are appointed by the Mayor and seven appointments are made by the City Council. The Commission appoints the 15th member. Commissioners are appointed to a two year term of office and serve without pay. A 16th 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

Sarah Hillman

Sarah Hillman

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Sarah Delaney Hillman is an assistant attorney general with the Washington State Attorney General's Office, where she works in child welfare law. Sarah advises and represents social workers who help abused and neglected children in the foster care system. Sarah has also held roles with the Public Affairs Unit of the Attorney General's Office, PATH, NPR, CBS News, ABC News, and the White House Press Office. She earned her law degree from the University of Washington School of Law and her undergraduate degree in history from Dartmouth College. Born and raised in Seattle, Sarah is very loyal to this city, committed to public service, and passionate about making Seattle a better place for everyone.  

Alice Serko

Alice Serko

Member
Appointed by: Mayor

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Alice Serko is an attorney for Sedgwick LLP in Seattle, where she handles civil litigation matters for both private and public entities. She has substantial experience in labor and employment law and has created and presented legal education courses on several topics, including social media policy, management of public records requests and strategic policy and public relations statements for public entities. While in law school at the University of Washington School of Law, she was a Washington State Association for Justice Women in Litigation Scholar and was a student advocate in the Tulalip Trial Courts Public Defense Clinic, where she provided pro bono criminal defense. Alice is currently a member of Washington Women Lawyers and volunteers as an alumni advisory board member at the University of Washington School of Law and with the Lifelong AIDS Alliance.

Shkelqim Kelmendi

Shkëlqim Kelmendi

Co-Chair
Appointed by: Mayor

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Shkëlqim Kelmendi is Manager of Strategic Planning and Development at the Seattle Housing Authority, an organization that fosters stability and increases self-sufficiency for individuals with low incomes. Prior to joining the Seattle community, Kelmendi worked with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the U.S. Department of Labor in Dallas, Texas. Throughout his career Kelmendi has been actively involved in moving community forward. He currently serves as Co-Chair on the Seattle Human Rights Commission and is on the Board of the South Lake Union Community Council where he Chairs the Communications and Resident Engagement Committee. Additionally, he serves on the Board of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network and Seattle Works and is a member of the Seattle Leadership Tomorrow Class of 2018. Born in Kosovo, Kelmendi immigrated to the United States as a refugee and is an advocate for the rights of immigrants and refugees everywhere. Kelmendi currently lives in the South Lake Union neighborhood with his wife Tereas and their new puppy, Sarah.  

Kiddist Emmanuel

Kiddist Emmanuel

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Nesley Bravo

Nesley Bravo

Member
Appointed by: Mayor

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Nesley's work in human rights started as a first generation undergraduate student at the University of Washington as she did work in college access and persistence, and intergroup dialogue. Nesley continued developing her understanding of how social identities impacted educational outcomes in different systems by studying education systems through a social and economic development lens at Washington University in St. Louis's MSW program. She worked at Skyway Solutions as a Partnership Associate in unincorporated King County developing leadership programs for young people.

 Currently, Nesley works at the University of Washington's The Dream Project as Assistant Director for Curriculum & Student Services. Her work focuses on centering student learning and preparing college undergraduate mentors to support local low-income high school students through post-secondary planning

Aviva Schwartz

Aviva Schwartz

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Danielle Wallace

Danielle Wallace

Co-Chair
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 12/15/14 - 07/22/16

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Danielle Wallace is a human rights advocate with a focus in economic and social rights, specifically those related to housing, homelessness, urban planning, labor, and economic development. Danielle's professional experiences have included policy analysis related to social justice and racial equity, leading workforce development implementation, supporting recently resettled refugees, and engaging undergraduates in leadership and service. Currently, Danielle works as a Project Manager with a focus on policy at the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. Danielle holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and Bachelors of Arts in International Affairs and Political Science from the University of Georgia.

Fekadu Shibeshi

Fekadu Shibeshi

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Fekadu Shibeshi is a human rights advocate with a focus on immigrant and refugee rights. As an immigrant himself, Fekadu works closely with the East African communities in Seattle to advocate the advancement of civil, economic, social, and political rights of all people without discrimination of any kind.

Fekadu earned a Masters degree in Law from University of Washington and an LL.B degree from Haramaya University (HU), in Ethiopia. As a law student he traveled to Nigeria and Denmark representing his county in international human rights moot court competitions. After graduating with great distinction from HU, he taught International and African Human Rights laws in two different universities in Ethiopia. He also served as a director of HU's Advocacy Skills Center, where he helped students become socially involved.

Currently, Fekadu practices law in Seattle as a solo practitioner with a specialization on Immigration Law. Fekadu is determined to promote equal rights and justice as part of the Seattle Human Right Commission.

Jeremy Wood

Jeremy Wood

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Jeremy Wood joined the Human Rights Commission in order to advocate for tribal and native interests in our municipal governance.

While in law school at the University of Washington, he externed for the Honorable John C. Coughenour, District Court Judge for the Western District of Washington, and clerked for the U.S. Attorney's Office, Solicitor of the Interior's Office, two Seattle firms focused on tribal representation, the Tulalip Tribal Public Defense Clinic, and served as the Vice President of the Native American Law Students Association. He graduated from law school with honors and received the Dean's Medal and election to the Order of Barristers.

Before beginning a career in law, Jeremy worked as a care advocate for youth living with HIV and taught English in Israel/Palestine.

Marcel Baugh

Marcel Baugh

Co-Chair
Appointed by: City Council

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Marcel finished his Masters of Public Administration at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, with a concentration in Metropolitan and Regional Policy. He has professional training in data analysis, policy and program implementation, as well as leadership and stakeholder management. He further developed these skillsets through a recent internship with the King County Executive Office of Performance, Strategy, and Budget.

As the Policy/Data Analyst Intern, he served on the Recidivism Reduction and Reentry policy team. I drafted evidentiary reports, facilitated a countywide Reentry symposium, evaluated King County's adult detention programs, and co-developed an offender Risk-Need-Responsivity tool for correctional treatment-matching. He also led interdepartmental meetings with DAJD directors, DOC staff members, university professors, district court judges, and attorneys.

He currently serves as a Co-Chair on the Seattle Human Rights Commission, where he lead taskforces, draft letters, and support resolutions, specifically community-led initiatives to reduce juvenile detention and improve reentry services in Seattle. Through his recent educational and professional experiences, he brings a thorough understanding of how Seattle and King County's policies can assist the HRC in achieving its mission of eliminating discrimination and promoting human rights.

Sarah Bishop

Sarah Bishop

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 08/04/14 - 07/22/16

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Sarah is a human rights advocate whose focus includes local, state and international human rights policy. Sarah became involved in human rights issues while a student at Oberlin College, where she graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in Political Science. She has served as a community organizer for OneAmerica, working with immigrants who experienced racial profiling on Washington's border with Canada, and engaging youth to speak with their elected representatives. Prior to OneAmerica, she spent two years in El Salvador coordinating human rights advocacy in response to increased violence toward local activists and community leaders. Currently, Sarah works at the Pipeline Project at the University of Washington. There, she brings her passion for education access and community partnerships to connect undergraduate students with service opportunities in Seattle schools. Sarah is delighted to promote equal opportunity and justice as part of the Seattle Human Right Commission.

Tammy Morales

Tammy J. Morales

Co-Chair
Appointed by: City Council

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Tammy's lifelong work has been to increase economic power for struggling individuals and families. She is committed to equitable community-based solutions that advance the economic right of everyone to live a life of dignity. For 10 years Tammy was the founder and principal of Urban Food Link, a food policy firm that was instrumental in placing food security issues on the agendas of city, county and state leaders. Tammy's professional experience includes budget and policy analysis for the Texas Legislature and the City of New York, grant-making for community development organizations, and building power for grocery workers across the region. She currently serves as a community organizer with Rainier Beach Action Coalition, which works to build neighborhood capacity to enhance the quality of life in Rainier Beach. When she's not advocating for economic justice, Tammy likes to spend time with her family dancing to showtunes.

Tammy is thrilled to join the commission in keeping human dignity at the forefront of policy decisions made by our city council.

William Dow

William Dow

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Bill Dow is an attorney for Floyd, Pflueger & Ringer in Seattle, where he maintains a civil litigation practice focused primarily on defending public and private entities, including municipalities and tribes. Bill graduated from Seattle University School of Law magna cum laude and was member of the school's Law Review. Bill was a Pro Bono Pledge Outstanding Service Awardee after performing more than 250 hours of public service in law school, including for the school's chapter of the Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington and as a chaplain-mentor for incarcerated youth. He externed for King County Superior Court and U.S. District Court judges, and currently volunteers with the King County Bar Association's Housing Justice Project.

Bill previously worked for former Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata as both an intern and legislative aide. He hopes to bring both his legal and government experience to better the lives of all Seattle residents and workers as a member of the Commission.

Tyler Quillin

Tyler Quillin

Member
Appointed by: Mayor

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Tyler is a human rights advocate with an emphasis on education, criminal justice reform, and issues impacting the Latino and Native communities. He is a recent graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, where he served as the National Vice President for the Hispanic National Bar Association's Law Student Division. Currently, he serves as law clerk to Judge Joseph P. Wilson of the Snohomish County Superior Court. Prior to law school, Tyler was a Teach for America corps member, teaching 6th and 7th grade special education on the Big Island of Hawai'i, as well as 12th grade English in San Jose, CA. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Teaching Special Education from Chaminade University of Honolulu, as well as degrees in both Philosophy and English Literature from the University of Arizona with Honors. He brings experience interning for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, as well as U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Tyler's experience in policy, education, and the law drives his work toward effectuating a community that affords every member the dignity required by decency and justice. 

Daeshik Kim

Daeshik Kim

Member