Meet Our Commissioners

Jasmine Aryana
City Council Appointee
Jasmine Aryana, a twenty-year resident of West Seattle an ardent supporter and strong believer that one should expand our understanding of our neighborhoods, appreciate its diverse history and embrace the future - this is only possible through one's actions. Jasmine has two decades of professional landscape architecture experience and has been involved in many public and private sector projects requiring expertise in urban design, large-scale site planning, biophilic exploration, wetland environmental design and restoration, detailed design, and construction administration. She has worked and been a principal collaborator on a multitude of projects involving multi-disciplinary teams.  

Emily Kim
Mayoral Appointee
Emily Kim grew up in the U District and attended the University of Washington. She received a degree in journalism and political science and then attended law school at Seattle University. She currently serves as the Community Relations and Marketing Director for Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream. Previously, she worked as a legislative aide for former Councilmember Jean Godden, as well as clerked at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Her previous experience with the City has given her insight as to how the City operates and currently does outreach and engagement. Her current work for a small local business has given her more hands-on experience in working with other businesses, community groups, and non-profits. Emily has a strong understanding of equity issues and current gaps in the City's outreach processes. (Learn more)

Robin Kim
Get Engaged Appointee
Robin Kim has a BA in Music Performance, graduating from Portland State University in 2013.  For the past six years, Robin has worked in the service industry with a focus on lifting up the voices of people of color working with her. Robin was managing a bar, until the pandemic shut down the business.  She currently volunteers for community-based organizations and is using the stay-at-home remote environment to collaborate and facilitate weekly peer group sessions with other QTBIPOC musicians and producers.

Martha Lucas
City Council Appointee
Martha was born in Ethiopia and moved to Seattle at the age of 2. Martha is a proud double Husky and long-time resident of the Wedgwood neighborhood with a background in healthcare management, public health, education, insurance, caregiving, and 25+ years of community service. Martha is an experienced local insurance broker in car, home, business, life, disability, and Medicare. Currently, Martha is a 2020 Community Leadership Institute Fellow and is enjoying learning how to balance the growth in her financial services and insurance practice, Tigray Women's Advisory Council member, and Co-Chairship/Grants Manager position for the Washington State Coalition of African Community Leaders.

Thais Marbles
City Council Appointee
Thais Marbles was born in Monroe, Louisiana and moved to Seattle at the age of 2. She grew up in the Beacon Hill area, attended Beacon Hill Elementary, Madison Jr High and graduated from Cleveland High School in 1986.  She attended Grambling State University as a Computer Information Systems Major and a minor in Business Administration from 1986-1989.   She is currently employed with the State of Washington, Community Service Division, Region 2 as an Abled Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWD) Financial Service Specialist III.  She has 25 years of solid experience providing Public Assistance Services within the Communities of Seattle. Her community involvement entails: Executive Board Member - Coalition of Black Trade Unionist (Puget Sound Chapter), A. Phillip Randolph Institute Organization (APRI)- Member, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLLA)- Member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle - Guild Member and Volunteer, Women's/Equal Partners Statewide Committee - WFSE. (Learn more)

Chris Maykut
City Council Appointee
Commission Co-Chair
Chris Maykut is a native Seattleite born on Capitol Hill and raised in Phinney Ridge.  He holds a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis on Accounting from the University of California at Berkeley.  Chris created and managed the Chaco Canyon Organic Cafes from 2003 to 2017, and currently works as the Business Membership Coordinator for the Phinney Neighborhood Association.   He lives in Phinney Ridge with his wife, Samantha, and two excellent children Raina (12) and Gus (10).

Julie Pham
Mayoral Appointee
Commission Co-Chair

Julie Pham is co-owner of Nguoi Viet Tay Bac-Northwest Vietnamese News, the founder of Sea Beez, a capacity-building program for Seattle's ethnic media, and the VP of Community Engagement and Marketing for the Washington Technology Industry Association. Julie graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley. She taught History at UC Berkeley, managed the Journal of Vietnamese Studies, and earned her PhD in History at Cambridge University as a Gate Cambridge Scholar. She volunteers on the board of directors for the Seattle Chapter of Social Venture Partners (SVP) and previously served on Seattle's Economic Development Commission. In 2011, she was named to the "40 under 40" business leaders list by Puget Sound Business Journal and voted as "Innovator" in the Verizon Wireless Asian Pacific American Heritage Community Roast Awards. (Learn more)

Bill Southern
City Council Appointee
Originally from New England, Bill Southern moved to Seattle in 1978 and lives in the Meadowbrook/ Wedgewood area. Bill has a background in media, public affairs, community relations and outreach. He worked for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) as an Affirmative Actions Officer and later promoted as the Public Affairs Officer for the 1.46 billion dollar Interstate 90 Completion Project, where he gained notoriety as the department spokesperson during and after the sinking of the I-90 Bridge in 1990. Bill went on to serve as the Public Affairs Director for WSDOT's NW Region. From there he served as the Director of Public Affairs and District Communications for the Seattle School District. Bill retired in 2013 from Special Olympics Washington having served as its Director of Public Affairs.