Who We Are

The Seattle Disability Commission is a 21 member body of sincere and energetic volunteers who strive to use their collective capabilities and contributions to make a demonstrable improvement to the City of Seattle. The Mayor and City Council each appoint eight commissioners and the Commission appoints an additional four. 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.

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Meet Our Commissioners

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April Snow

Co-chair, Chair of Recruitment and Nominations
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 11/1/2021 - 10/31/2023

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April Snow (she/her) started her career working in health care assisting the elderly and people with disabilities before discovering (by accident!) that she was really good at fixing and designing the architecture of databases. She made a change to non-profit work where she could still make a difference in people's lives and now has 20 years of non-profit experience. April is a self-professed nerd working in donor operations, databases and prospect research. She loves to solve problems and sees databases as puzzles. She currently uses these talents to run the donor services department for the YMCA of Greater Seattle. 

Social justice is important to her and she is looking forward to making a difference with the Seattle Disabilities Commission.

Christine Lew

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 5/1/2019 - 4/30/2023

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Christine Lew (she/her) has spent the past four years working as a disability justice advocate. Her advocacy work has focused primarily on expanding access to post-secondary education for students with disabilities at the University of Washington, from which she recently graduated. She served as the Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) Student Disability Commission's (SDC) first-ever Assistant Director, and for two years as the Director from 2019-2021. Over the course of her career, she managed around 30 interns, and organized more than 15 different events centered around disability pride, allyship education, and disability studies.

Christine is a mad/disabled identifying Asian American woman. Both of Christine's parents are Deaf, so she grew up with American Sign Language (ASL) as her first language. As a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), she was raised within the Deaf community and surrounded by Deaf culture, and therefore, had a front-row seat to the ableism and discrimination that Deaf people face from the hearing world. Watching those experiences drove her to create inclusive, accessible spaces for Deaf/disabled students during her time at the University of Washington. 

Christine continues her career in service of the disability community, serving as a member of the Seattle Disability Commission. She is also one of the founders of Crip Riot: a disabled-owned and led company committed to bringing expressions of disability pride to the world, through unapologetic media, clothing, education and activism and of Myers Fork Consulting: providing HR support, ADA coordinator services and equity workshops to businesses and organizations across the Puget Sound. Their expected launch in Summer 2021, is a continuation of Christine's commitment to positive identity development, equity, and access for the disabled community.

Dawn Dailey

Member
Appointed by: Commission
Term: 11/1/2020 - 10/31/2022

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Dawn Dailey (she/her) is a museum educator, curator, an activist for equity, social and racial justice, a mother of three daughters, and a grandmother of two children.  She has provided mutual aid to many marginalized communities in Seattle, in Tacoma, in Olympia, and on the Nisqually Reservation in Washington state, as well as provided mutual aid and other social support services to communities in San Angelo, Texas, and Kapolei, Hawaii.  She was an educator in traditional formal educational systems as well as a social worker, and works in heritage, arts, and cultural sectors. She has been featured as an advocate for others in numerous local and national publications like Crosscut, Artforum, NPR's KUOW, and the New York Times. She was a co-founder of Black Collective Voice, the Wall of Moms Seattle, as well as the Seattle Caregivers United for BLM. She is a Korean American single working mother. 

Dawn is on the executive board of the 43rd Democrats, and is its Fundraiser Chair as well as its Mutual Aid Subcommittee Chair, and a PCO for the 43rd as well.  Dawn Dailey was a special needs educator and is the mother of two children with autism.  She has developed accessible informal science education with the UW Disabilities Opportunities Internetworking and Technology (DO IT) Center for the University of Washington, and has assessed museums for accessibility on behalf of the UW Museology Program and DO IT Center. Cognitive disabilities accommodations, universal design, and accommodations in public spaces, programming, and education are areas that Dawn is passionate about.

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Heyiwot Amare

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 5/1/2020 - 4/30/2022
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Kaitlin Skilton

Co-Chair
Appointed by: Commission
Term: 5/1/2020 - 10/31/2022
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Kristina Sawyckyj

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 5/1/2022 - 4/30/2024

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Kristina is a Seattle University graduate with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree and currently is enrolled in the University of Washington Master's in Public Health program. She has seven children from 16-31 years of age. She is multicultural, holding many identities close to heart. Kristina was in the US NAVY from 1987-1992 from which she became a disabled veteran. She is active on many issues including homelessness, emergency management and disaster preparedness, transit, food insecurity, and grassroots organizing. Kristina is interested in working on policies and legislation that affects individuals and families with disabilities. Kristina has been serving as a Commissioner on the Seattle Disability Commission since 2018 and looks forward to her continued work. 

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Taylor Woods

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 11/1/2020 - 10/31/2022

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Taylor Woods (she/her) is from Yakima, Wash. and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nonprofit Management at Central Washington University. She has worked for six years at Seattle Children's, focused on improving healthcare access for children in the community. Taylor recently stepped into a position at Seattle Children's Foundation, working to raise funds for healthcare and research. She's served in many roles related to disability work, including internships at the Yakima Memorial Foundation and Make-A-Wish Oregon, and recently completed a term with the Junior League of Seattle's Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity committee, improving their event and fundraiser accessibility. Disability justice for all ages is Taylor's passion, and she's thrilled to be joining the Disability Commission to explore what changes can be made for the disabled community we serve.

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Taylor Ladd

Get Engaged Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 9/1/2021 - 8/31/2022

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Taylor Ladd grew up in the Seattle area and graduated from Western Washington University where she earned a degree in Therapeutic Recreation. While working in non-profits as a preschool teacher, a camp director, and running recreation programs she discovered her passion for accessibility and community-based programs. A love for relationship building and the outdoors has influenced much of her career and schooling and while Bellingham and Orcas Island have provided many opportunities for both over the last few years, she is excited to be back in Seattle. Her focus on disability work while with the YMCA and through the Recreation program at Western has allowed her to pursue interests in disability justice for kids, families and adults and she looks forward to working with the community and the Disability Commission here in Seattle.  

Shelby Dey

Appointed by: Commission
Term: 5/1/2022 - 4/30/2024

Silas T. James

Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 5/1/2022 - 4/30/2024

Devon Briethart

Appointed by: City Council
Term: 5/1/2022 - 4/30/2022