Who We Are

The Seattle Human Rights Commission consists of 21 representative residents of Seattle appointed to serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor, City Council, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, and other Seattle City departments in matters affecting human rights. Eight commissioners are appointed by the Mayor, eight are appointed by the City Council, and four are appointed by the Commission. 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.


Meet Our Commissioners

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Alexander Tang

(He/Him)
Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 1/23/2020 - 7/22/2022

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Alex Tang is an adjunct faculty member in the Basic and Transitional Studies Division at Seattle Central College. Alex is passionate about human rights and democracy in Hong Kong, and has experience organizing marches and protests to creating more awareness about the issues surrounding the Hong Kong protests in 2019. He also serves on the WAESOL Board as a member-at-large, as well as a board member with One City Project. Alex looks forward to contributing to his community and spreading awareness of the current issues happening in the Greater Seattle Area and human rights issues internationally.

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Allan Nyaribo

(He/Him)
Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 1/23/2020 - 1/22/2022

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Allan has been involved in the Community Mental Health Sector and has functioned in various capacities as a case manager, therapist, and program manager. He is a passionate mental health advocate and believes in integrating mental health into daily living as a vehicle of self-empowerment for immigrant and minority populations. He is currently a graduate student at the School of Social Work and Criminal Justice at the University of Washington, Tacoma and holds a bachelor's degree in Social Psychology. Allan writes poetry in his spare time focusing on and inspired by his experiences as a first-generation immigrant encompassing topics of race, ethnicity, and identity all of which he passionately advocates for in different forums.

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Erika Chen

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 7/23/2020 - 7/22/2022

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Erika Chen is a social justice advocate whose work in human rights started in high school, while leading SUCA (Students United for Cultural Awareness) and SEED (Seeking Equity, Education, and Diversity). Erika is now a consultant focused on racial equity within nonprofit operations, fundraising, and organizational culture, with an emphasis on inclusion and employee happiness. 

Erika is a founding member of the Community-Centric Fundraising movement. She also volunteers her time as the Appeals Chair for the Seattle Human Rights Commission and as Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access for AFP Advancement NW

‚ÄčErika holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Miami with a major in Economics and minors in International Business and Spanish. They also hold a Masters of Public Administration and Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy & Governance.

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Guneeta Annie Chadha

(She/Her)
Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 7/23/2021 - 7/22/2023

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Guneeta Chadha is a first-generation, intersectional woman, and a child of a formerly incarcerated parent who is a passionate and curious leader with a mission to engage in solutions and policies for families and youth impacted by incarceration.

Guneeta's professional background is in Policy and Advocacy in the non-profit sector where she focuses on policy analysis, advocacy, and pushing for equitable and socially just city and county legislation affecting Black, Indigenous, and Youth of Color. Prior to her career in policy and advocacy she was in communications supporting Microsoft technology and services. She also interned with King County's Department of Human Resources where she collaborated on diverse and inclusive employee communications.

Born and raised in Hayward, California, Guneeta moved with her significant other to Seattle in 2017 to pursue educational opportunities. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Human Rights from the University of Washington and a Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality Certificate from Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw's summer program through the African American Policy Forum. She will be continuing her education at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance for a Master's in Public Administration focusing on social policy and public policy analysis. 

As a child of a formerly incarcerated parent, she hopes to elevate the voices of families and young people impacted by incarceration and create community programs and policies that focus on advancing racial equity, social justice, and ending mass incarceration.

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Jackie Schultz

(She/Her)
Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 1/23/2021 - 1/22/2023

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Jackie Schultz (she/her) lives on unceded Coast Salish territory in the 37th district of Seattle, WA. Jackie moved to Eastern Washington as a child from South Korea. As a mixed-race youth emigrating to a community that did not provide many social services for families like hers, she knew she wanted to focus her education and eventual career to give back in support of immigrants, youth, and families in need. She believes in the imperative need to redistribute power and resources to advance racial and social justice, and strives to continuously learn and connect her work and network to support investments of change. In addition to working in local philanthropy for almost 20 years, Jackie is a member of the Asian Pacific Directors Coalition (APDC) and Philanthropy Northwest. Jackie holds BA's in International Studies and Political Science from the University of Washington and is completing a Masters in Public Administration.






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Jessica Bhuiyan

Member
Appointed by: Commission
Term: 7/23/2020 - 7/22/2022

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Jessica Carso Bhuiyan is Executive Director of World Without Hate, a grassroots nonprofit  dedicated to preventing and disrupting hate and violence through storytelling and empathy. She also serves non-profits in the region as an Interim Leadership Executive and consultant. Jessica is a proud servant leader within the Seattle community as a Seattle Human Rights  Commissioner, Peace Chair for Rotary District 5030, volunteer with Pike Place Market Foundation and Board Member of Atlas Assistance Dogs.

Jessica holds a BA in Theatre and Directing from Marymount Manhattan College (NY, NY), a  MALS from Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT), and a Certificate in Social Impact Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA). She is an extraordinarily proud Seattle Leadership Tomorrow alum, working each day to be an authentic antiracist community member. She lives in Seattle with her husband and beagle, Brewster.

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Julia Ismael

Member
Appointed by: Commission
Term: 1/23/2020 - 1/22/2022

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Julia Ismael (she/her), Head Architect of Aspirations of The Equity Consortium, is a Transformative Justice practitioner and has kept peacemaking circles since 2012 that focus on race, gender and healing. Her role in The Equity Consortium is convener and gatherer of collective wisdom. She is a Black, Muslim woman who is the mother of three ah-may-zing children and calls Seattle her home since 1979. Currently, she's teaching herself kiswahili and how to call herself an artist again. 


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Kira Rosenlind

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 9/1/2021 - 8/31/2022
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Natasha Bennett

(She/Her)
Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 7/23/2020 - 7/22/2022

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Natasha Bennett is a trilingual social science researcher and analyst specializing in human rights. Her research on the racial and ethnic dimensions of social inequity in democratic societies has focused on how laws, policies, and social relations can undermine human rights protections for marginalized groups. She has conducted fieldwork in Europe, Latin America, and the United States, and has published on the politics of Bolivia, indigenous rights, migration, citizenship, and global urban growth. 

Currently, she is a Research and Project Consultant at Seattle Jobs Initiative-a non-profit dedicated to creating opportunities for low-income individuals to secure living-wage careers. In this role, she partners with community and technical colleges, providing research and design support to help colleges be more responsive to the needs of low-income adults and underserved student populations. 

In addition to her current role, Natasha has extensive college-level teaching experience at the University of Puget Sound and UC Santa Barbara, where she taught courses in human rights, international relations, comparative politics, and Latin American studies. Natasha holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.A. from Rutgers University.

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Rhoopali Dhingra

(She/Her)
Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 7/23/2021 - 7/22/2023

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Born in Delhi, India, I immigrated with my family as a pre-teen to Seattle. Ever since, Seattle has been my home. Early in life, I witnessed and understood the impact of poverty on one's life and society. That realization ignited my passion for advocating for people who find themselves at the cross section of the criminal legal system and poverty.

As a public defense social worker, I am currently working in Misdemeanor and Seattle Municipal Mental Health Court, (first MHC court to ever open within city limits) with The King County Department of Public Defense. I earned my undergraduate degree in psychology and master's in social work from the University of Washington. I became a Clinical Licensed Social Worker (LICSW) in 2011. Having worked in the field of forensic social work for the past fourteen years in criminal and civil cases, has provided me with first-hand knowledge and exposure to issues related to racial and social justice. I have worked in Felony, District Court and Mental Health Courts at State level. In my position, I have organized competency evaluations, worked on mitigation packages, connected clients to behavioral health and substance use services, written psychosocial reports for the prosecutor and the judges.

To keep me sane, in my free time, I do yoga, mindfulness, and mediation which has not only helped me but provided me with the tools to better understand others. 

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Schuyler Reid

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 7/23/2021 - 7/22/2023

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Born and raised in Alaska, Schuyler Reid sought out adventure in Shanghai and New York City before settling down in West Seattle to enjoy a quieter pace of life. While globe trotting, Schuyler realized her passion for human rights advocacy and found fulfilling work in impactful, mission-driven organizations. In her current role at an international human rights non-profit, she has the exciting privilege of building engaging and meaningful learning and development opportunities for over 500 staff in almost 50 countries.

In her free time, Schuyler enjoys volunteering, exploring Washington's magnificent parks, finding little free libraries in her neighborhood, baking tasty treats, and embroidering nature scenes onto pillowcases.

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Tyrone Grandison

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 7/23/2021 - 7/22/2023

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Tyrone has a diverse background at the interaction of technology, data, and social good. He is a senior executive, a technologist, a researcher, an entrepreneur, a futurist, a data scientist, a keynote speaker, a coach, and a software engineer. Under his leadership, over twenty projects, frameworks, and initiatives that improve people's daily life have been delivered into the world. Empathy, collaboration and community engagement are the building blocks of his life. More information is available at his personal website