Community Task Force

Updated August 11, 2022


The West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force ensures the many voices and concerns of the community are not only heard, but consistently advocated for.  

We took care to select members from all over West Seattle and the Duwamish Valley, including neighborhood groups from the Junction to Georgetown to South Park to Highland Park to SODO. The group is also comprised of elected officials, West Seattle businesses, and industrial and maritime businesses and their workers.   

Members help ensure transparency, clear communication, and broad community engagement and understanding around both traffic mitigation efforts and the future path forward for the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge as we address new data, public input, fiscal challenges, and many other important factors that will inform the West Seattle Bridge Program.  


With the West Seattle Bridge expected to reopen on September 18, 2022, we held our final Community Task Force meeting on Thursday, June 9, 2022. Watch the meeting here on YouTube:

Watch all the past meetings on this YouTube channel.

Confirmed Task Force members 

(As of June 2022)

  • Charlie Able, JuNO (Junction Neighborhood Organization) and EAJ (East Alaska Junction Neighborhood Organization)
  • Dan Austin, Business owner, Peel and Press, West Seattle Chamber of Commerce
  • Deb Barker, D1 Community Network Group, West Seattle Transportation Coalition, Morgan Junction
  • Tommy Bauer, Office of US Senator Maria Cantwell, ex officio member
  • David Bestock, Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, Youngstown Cultural Arts
  • Ken Bowden, Nucor Steel, West Seattle Chamber of Commerce Boardmember
  • Shannon Braddock, Chief of Staff, Office of King County Executive Dow Constantine, ex officio member
  • Todd Carden, Elliott Bay Brewery & Pub
  • Marci Carpenter, National Federation of the Blind Washington Chapter, charter member and former chair of Transit Advisory Board
  • Eileen Cody, Washington State Representative 34th Legislative District, ex officio member
  • Shayna Daitch, Office of US Senator Patty Murray, ex officio member
  • Colleen Desmond, Neighborhood advocate, Highland Park
  • Fred Felleman, Port of Seattle Commissioner, ex officio member
  • Joe Fitzgibbon, Washington State Representative, 34th Legislative District, ex officio member
  • Katie Garrow, MLK Labor, Executive Secretary-Treasurer
  • Erin Goodman, SODO Business Improvement Association
  • Tom Greene, International Longshore and Warehouse Union
  • Jolene Haas, Duwamish Long House and Cultural Center Director
  • Lisa Herbold, Seattle City Councilmember, Council District 1
  • Anne Higuera, Ventana Construction, West Seattle Chamber of Commerce
  • Paulina Lopez, Co-chair, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition
  • Chris MacKay, West Seattle Junction BIA
  • Jill Mackie, Senior Vice-President, Vigor Shipyard
  • Tim McConnell, West Seattle Runner
  • Joe McDermott, King County Councilmember, 8th District, ex officio member
  • Joe Nguyen, Washington State Senator, 34th Legislative District, ex officio member
  • Greg Nickels, Co-chair, 51st Mayor of Seattle, Admiral Neighborhood
  • Alex Pedersen, Seattle City Councilmember, 4th District, Council Transportation Chair, ex officio member
  • Liz Powell, West Seattle Bridge Now
  • Greg Ramirez, Georgetown Community Council
  • Robin Schwartz, Community advocate, South Park
  • Diane Sosne, SEIU, health care workers, Admiral District
  • Ari Steinberg, SSA Marine
  • Alex Stone, District Representative for US House Representative Adam Smith (9th District), ex officio member
  • Marielle Trumbauer, US Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s office, ex officio member


Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623

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