Who We Are

The Commission is comprised of 15 members reflecting Seattle's workforce and businesses, and includes employees, employers and representatives from the community with a demonstrated concern and background in labor standards. 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.

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards provides staff and support to the Commission.

Meet Our Commissioners

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Alia Abboud

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 05/01/16 - 04/30/18

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Alia Abboud has been a small business owner and community member in the greater Seattle area for over 17 years. After the loss of her husband, Alia overcame many obstacles and challenges that life presented her, but none were more challenging than raising her five children, taking full responsibility of all business related items and maintaining her commitment to the community. Her hard work, strength and dedication has given her the ability to succeed and create a bright future for herself and others around her. Alia is very active in the community and believes in giving back; she donates to a large number of organizations, schools, and community fundraisers. Along with her dedication to the community, she strongly believes in taking care of those within her organization. She is continually implementing programs within her buisness to help her employees build a successful future. Alia's organization includes 137 dedicated team members who receive unlimited support when it comes to their education, health, and personal needs. Alia loves the Pacific Northwest and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteering, traveling, cooking, and exercising.

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Andrew Beane

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 05/01/16 - 04/30/18

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Andrew Beane is the Director of Strategic Campaigns at SEIU 775. SEIU 775 represents more than 43,000 home care and nursing home workers in Washington and Montana and is a leader in advocating for low-wage worker issues across the region.

Andrew played key roles in campaigns to win $15 minimum wages in SeaTac and Seattle. He participated in the Labor Standards Advisory Group for the city of Seattle, working on compliance and enforcement policies for the new minimum wage law. Andrew also oversees a team that helps home care workers and nursing home workers join together into SEIU 775 to win a voice at work.

Andrew has been at SEIU 775 for over 10 years, and previously worked as a research analyst for SEIU in Ohio. He holds a Master’s Degree in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Kellis Borek

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 05/01/16 - 04/30/17

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Kellis Borek is General Counsel and Vice President of Labor & Legal Services at Archbright, a member-based organization serving over 1000 employers in Washington and Idaho. Kellis has over 30 years of experience as practicing attorney in employment and labor law. At Archbright, she negotiates labor contracts for employers and provides advice concerning compliance with wage and hour, leave laws, civil rights and discrimination, and current labor and employment regulations. Previously, she was in private practice in Seattle where she specialized in business and employment law. Having earned her B.A. from Washington State University and her J.D. from Seattle University, she is currently licensed to practice in Washington and Idaho.

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I-Miun Liu

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 05/01/17 - 04/30/19

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I-Miun Liu is the owner of two small businesses that were started in Chinatown/International District; Oasis and Eastern Café. Oasis has 5 locations throughout Seattle. He is a graduate of the University of Washington.

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Anthony Burnett

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 05/01/16 - 04/30/18

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Anthony Burnett is the Principle Owner of MB Diversity LLC, which focuses on  staffing, recruiting and managed project resources. His professional background  includes Business Development and Account Management in the private sector for multiple Fortune 500 companies. Born and raised in Southern California he came to Washington to attend Washington State University. While there he  obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Neuroscience. Now living in Seattle, Anthony has volunteer experience as a youth coach and at other Multicultural Nonprofit organizations as an activist  for diversity and inclusion.  He currently serves on the Board of Here Seattle, Tabor 100 and NSHMBA.

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Joe Mizrahi

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 05/01/16 - 04/30/18

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Joe Mizrahi is the Political Action Director for UFCW21, the largest local union in Washington State, representing over 10,000 workers who live or work in Seattle in grocery, retail, healthcare and other industry jobs. Joe worked on policy, research, and field mobilization for the Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Leave campaigns in Seattle, Tacoma, and Washington State. He also helped coordinate the field efforts for the Seattle $15 minimum wage and participated in the Seattle Labor Standards Advisory Group. Joe is a recovering attorney and lives in Fremont with his wife and two daughters.

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Mona Smith

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 05/01/16 - 04/30/18

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Mona Smith is an attorney with a business and estate planning practice in Seattle that focuses on both complex commercial litigation and transactional work. She is licensed to practice law in California, Massachusetts and Washington. Mona is a community leader who has served on several boards including serving as Co-Chair of the Victory Fund Campaign Board, Board Chair and Chair of Public Affairs of the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), Treasurer of King County Washington Women Lawyers and as an incorporating member of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Bar Association. She also works with organizations and local, state and federal elected officials on LGBT equality and business public policy issues and legislation as well as to elect LGBT candidates to local, state and federal office. Mona is the recipient of the GSBA Business Leader of the Year Award for 2015. Mona was appointed to the City of Seattle Labor Standards Advisory Group and the Search Committee for the Director of Office of Labor Standards. She also held leadership roles on the R71 and R74 campaigns, leading the initiative signature validation process in the Washington Families Standing Together and Washington United for Marriage campaigns as well as being a member of the Washington United for Marriage Steering Committee and tasked with building the business case and tool kit for marriage equality.

Mona lives in the Columbia City neighborhood with her wife, Nataly, and their chocolate Pointer/Lab Cocoa Bean.

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Anna G. Boone

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 05/01/17 - 04/30/19
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Nicole Grant

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 05/01/16 - 04/30/18

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Nicole Grant was elected Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the M. L. King County Labor Council (MLKCLC) in October 2015, making her the first woman to lead King County’s largest labor organization. She began her apprenticeship with IBEW Local 46, earning a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington at the same time, and then working for several years on commercial, industrial and residential electrical installations. Prior to leading MLKCLC, Nicole was the Executive Director of the Certified Electrical Workers of Washington, leading its political programs and lobbying in support of working family legislation.

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Nicole Vallestero Keenan

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 05/01/17 - 04/30/19

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Nicole Vallestero Keenan is the Executive Director of the Fair Work Center, a hub for workers to understand and exercise their legal rights, improve working conditions and connect with community resources. Nicole oversees a staff of community leaders, social workers, policy and labor law experts who are devoted to making sure that workers are informed of their rights under the law and those employers are held accountable to labor standards.

She has co-authored several publications on a variety of topics including financial capacity, income taxes, childcare, environmental justice and the economic impact of living wages. Her work has been featured in local, national and international media including the New York Times, BBC, The Seattle Times, The Guardian and Huffington Post.

In 2014, Nicole received a 50th Anniversary Civil Rights Leadership Award from the Seattle Office of Civil Rights and Seattle Women’s Commission, and in 2015 she was named as one of “The 15 People Who Should Really Run Seattle” by Seattle Met magazine. She has a BA in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary and an MSW from the University of Washington.

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Cariño Barragán

Member
Appointed by: Council
Term: 05/01/17 - 04/30/19

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Cariño Barragán Talancon is Program Manager for the Worker Rights Enforcement Program of Casa Latina, an organization that has provided educational and economic opportunities to the Latino immigrant community in King County for 20+ years. She also sits on the Washington State Labor Council Executive Board (which represents 400,000 works state-wide) on behalf of Worker Centers. Barragán's work includes education and outreach to Latino immigrant workers as well as running campaigns to raise public awareness about wage theft and to work with labor and community groups to support local and state policies that better protect workers. She also coordinates a program that offers Latino workers direct support in their effort to recover unpaid wages. Examples of her other campaigns include supporting local immigration reform efforts such as ending the use of detainers. She is also a certified medical interpreter and translator.

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Rebecca Smith

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 05/01/17 - 04/30/19

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Rebecca Smith is a lawyer and the Deputy Director of the National Employment Law Project. For over 30 years, Rebecca has written, testified, litigated and lectured extensively on policy and law concerning immigrant and low-wage workers’ employment rights; in particular, wage and hour policy, enforcement of wage and hour laws, and domestic outsourcing and the on-demand workforce. She has worked with allies to develop local, state and federal policies to protect and expand low-wage workers’ rights and enforcement of those rights. Her writings and opinion pieces are available on NELP's website.

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Sejal Parikh

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 05/01/16 - 04/30/18

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Sejal Parikh is Executive Director of Working Washington. Previously, Sejal had served as Working Washington’s fast food campaign director since the first Seattle fast food strikes. In that role, she was responsible for coordinating strategic mobilization, policy, and communications efforts which culminated in the historic vote to pass the nation’s first citywide $15 minimum wage law. She was also closely involved with Working Washington’s landmark effort to organize workers and raise standards at Sea-Tac Airport. Prior to that, Sejal led corporate accountability campaigns which helped close a state tax loophole benefitting JP Morgan Chase, and pressured Amazon to drop out of ALEC and improve working conditions at its warehouses. Before joining Working Washington, Sejal developed policy that expanded health care access for homecare workers in Montana, and provided volunteer legislative support for a national cancer advocacy group. Sejal has a J.D. and an M.S in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and, although she has lived in Seattle for several years, still cheers for her Wolverines.