Meet Our Commissioners

Beverly Aarons
Beverly Aarons has lived in Seattle since 2010. She is a renter, writer, gardener, and community activist who has lived in Queen Anne, Belltown, and Pioneer Square. Her current projects include creating a video game about the impacts of gentrification on renters.

Farah Ali
Farah is an Attorney for Farmers Insurance where she represents and defends clients. Farah has a significant amount of legal experience as she has been in various attorney and legal services roles both in her undergraduate and graduate careers. Farah is excited to contribute her professional and personal experiences to the Seattle Renters' Commission where she can equally expand on her experiences while on this commission.  Farah was placed on the Seattle Renters' Commission through Get Engaged, a leadership development program for young adults ages 18-29 in partnership with the YMCA.

Laurie Goff
Laurie Goff is a pre-school teacher and renter in Capitol Hill. She has worked with families experiencing homelessness due to rising rents and costs of living in the City. She understands the challenges of living and working in the City. Laurie wants to be a voice for those who are not represented and feels that the Renters' Commission is the perfect opportunity to give back to her community.

Daniela Lopez
Daniela Lopez grew up in central California's agriculturally-rich, socially and racially diverse San Joaquin Valley. She studied Literature and Mass Communication & Journalism at California State University, Fresno, where she served as section editor and writer for the university's newspaper. She managed small businesses in the beauty and health industry while in college and, a few years after graduation, made the transition into the legal field after obtaining her Paralegal Certification at the University of Washington. She moved to Seattle more than five years ago and has lived in Ballard, Magnolia, Pioneer Square, and now Fremont. She looks forward to serving her neighborhood and the Seattle community.

David Mooney
David Mooney is a lifelong Seattleite who grew up in the Hillman City neighborhood. He attended Franklin High School and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in behavioral health at Seattle Central College.  David is passionate about the homeless and persons suffering with substance use disorders. He is a licensed chemical dependency professional and has sat on the Board of Trustee's at Plymouth Housing. He also volunteered at Recovery Café, a community of respite and healing.  Those and other life experiences have given him a unique perspective on the current housing crisis and the drivers of homelessness. David currently lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and enjoys playing guitar and riding his bike.

ChrisTiana ObeySumner
ChrisTiana ObeySumner is an Alaskan-Born, Philly-Raised, East-Coast transplant who moved to the area in 2010 to attend Seattle University as a Transfer Scholar. They have a BS in Psychology, a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership, and is currently pursuing their M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health & Addictions Counseling. Their area of expertise and research is the relationship between marginalized and oppressed intersectionalities and access to basic human needs and rights in American society. ChrisTiana is the chair of the Housing Committee within the Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities and is also the founding Executive Director of the Eleanor Elizabeth Institute for Black Empowerment.

Gina Owens
As a former lead medical assistant, Gina Owens has served all of Seattle's diverse communities - with a focus on the homeless population. Now, a disabled grandmother raising her three grandchildren, Gina has been an activist for nearly 20 years. Her focus has been healthcare, housing/homelessness & hunger. She currently sits on the 501(c)3 board of Washington CAN - a grassroots led statewide organization. She has also mentored fellow residents in public housing, helping them to learn self advocacy. Her mission is to help people and communities learn to raise their issues - one voice at a time.

Michael Padilla
Michael Padilla currently works at a nonprofit devoted to engaging young people in the political process. He has worked at the nonprofit and grassroots level for the last five years in Seattle and Western Washington, helping create strong communities through campus organizing, community organizing, and advocating for progressive policies. He was born in Cuernavaca, Mexico but was raised in the great state of Washington, and graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. His studies there focused on how government policies can best foster sustainable social, economic, and political progress for marginalized communities in an inclusive manner. He also possesses an associate's degree in Civil Engineering from Lake Washington Technical College where his studies helped him gain an understanding of smart urban planning and development. He strives to continue using his knowledge and experience in a way that is inclusive of the voices and leaders of the city's marginalized communities.

Devin Silvernail
Devin Silvernail grew up in South King County and first moved to Seattle in 2006. He is founder and Executive Director of Be:Seattle, a non-profit that serves renter and homeless neighbors. He is also a tenant education counselor at the Tenants Union of Washington and a volunteer Legal Assistant at the Housing Justice Project. Previously, he worked as a community organizer and political consultant in San Francisco where he helped build tenant-led campaigns. Additionally, he served as Constituent Services Lead for former San Francisco Supervisor David Campos, where he gained a deep appreciation for constituent concerns. Devin firmly believes that action at City Hall starts with activism in the community and is excited to serve the city that he loves.

Marci Taitt
Marci Taitt is Seattle born and south-end raised, currently residing in Seattle's Central District. She has deep familial roots in the Central District neighborhood and is passionate about Seattle, especially the CD, being affordable and accessible for Disabled, QTPOC communities. She currently does anti-violence policy work in LGBTQ communities, coordinating trainings across the country that support domestic violence advocates to better serve LGBTQ survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Marci completed her Master of Social Work at the University of Washington, with a concentration in mental health practice and a research focus on trans-inclusive primary education. While much of her work and volunteer experience has been in local grassroots LGBTQ organizations and movements, Marci is also interested in the alternative death care industry and hopes to soon develop a workshop around activism, death in community and grief.

Laurie Rocello Torres
Laurie Rocello Torres' work with social justice began when they moved to Seattle in 2013 for a yearlong service fellowship with Puget Sound Sage, after graduating with a Bachelors in Organizational Communications from Bradley University. They are passionate about equitable, transit-oriented development and anti-displacement work. They have done work around environmental, economic, gender, racial, and transformative justice in the community. In their free time, Laurie loves to sing, dance, and teach a community self-defense and wellness class for queer and trans people of color called Building Autonomy and Safety for Everybody (BASE).  They also currently serves as the Deputy Secretary General of GABRIELA Seattle, a collective of Pin@ys who do cultural and political education work around labor issues impacting Filipino migrant workers. They are also a member of Got Green's Young Workers in the Green Movement.

Jessica Westgren
Jessica Westgren has lived in Seattle for over ten years. She received her BS in Psychology from Long Island University and currently works as a paralegal at a local holistic law firm. She previously spent five years working in Property Management where she saw firsthand the effects of the Housing Crisis in Seattle, including displacement, homelessness and economic stress due to rental rate increases. Jessica is one of the founders of Welcoming Wallingford, a grassroots community group working towards positive discussions concerning density in her neighborhood. In her free time, she volunteers with Seattle Tilth, KEXP, and has helped work on the Tiny House Villages with the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI). She has been a renter her entire life and has been engaging with the city at a variety of HALA community meetings and land use public hearings.