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.  

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.

Carol Redfield
Commission Appointee
Carol Redfield went to teach at Seattle Pacific University (SPU) in 1998 after having served in a Clinical Appointment position at the University of Washington (Dept of Physiological Nursing) since 1985. Her clinical focus has primarily been oncology: Staff Oncology Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Oncology Service Coordinator-Educator, and Nurse Clinician.  While teaching with undergraduate nursing students and precepting graduate students at SPU, she developed an interest in and began researching older adults and the process of aging. Carol returned to school in 2015 to re-focus on gerontology and health policy at the University of Utah as a Noorda-Hartford Fellow, whereby she gained a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. Carol's current community involvement includes the following: Washington State Senior Citizen's Lobby, Washington Center for Nursing's Transition-to-Practice Subcommittee, Advance Care Planning Facilitator Group (Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition), Washington State Fall Prevention Program, Hearthstone Retirement Community Board, Aging Options Network and Advisory.

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.


Jenifer Chao, Interim Director
Address: 600 4th Avenue, 4th Floor, Seattle, WA , 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94649, Seattle, WA, 98124-4649
Phone: (206) 684-0464
Fax: (206) 233-5142

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