Meet Our Commissioners

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. 

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.

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.