Meet the Committee

The District Oversight Committee is a 15-member community advisory board, serving three-year terms (with the exception of the first round of appointments, which are staggered in term). The composition of the Committee is:

  • Four members from Board of Park Commissioners
  • Seven members, one from each Council district
  • Four members on recommendation from City commissions
  • All member appointments are confirmed by the City Council
  • The Mayor appoints the Chair of the committee
Andréa Akita

Andréa Akita

Chair and District 2 Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 4/1/2019 - 3/31/2022

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Andréa Akita has more than 20 years of experience working with organizations to develop affordable housing and increase access to human services. She currently is a consultant, working on equitable, community development initiatives in Seattle.

Andréa has a background working within the nonprofit and public sector, where she has served as the Executive Director of Interim CDA and as planning manager with Seattle Human Services Department. Andréa holds dual Masters degrees in Urban and Regional Planning and Public Administration and a degree in culinary arts.  Andréa looks forward to contributing her skills with policy and programs, and her experience in housing and healthy communities to the work of the Park District Oversight Committee.

Jessica Farmer

Jessica Farmer

Commission Member-Board of Park Commissioners
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 04/1/2018 - 03/31/2021

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Jessica is an adult education supervisor at the University of Washington's Botanic Gardens where she manages and coordinates educational programs and seminars. Prior to this Jessica was a communications specialist at Community Power Works and was a Trees for Neighborhoods program manager for Seattle's Office of Sustainability and Environment.

Jessica has experience in botany, nurseries and horticulture. She volunteers for the ecoPro Planning Program Committee for the Washington State program for Certified Sustainable Landscape Professionals and for the UW School of Environmental Forest Sciences.

Marlan Herrera

Marlon Herrera

Commission Member-Board of Park Commissioners
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 04/1/2018 - 03/31/2021

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Marlon is the latest appointee to the Board of Park Commissioners through the City's Get Engaged program. He has a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies from Seattle University, where he focused on the intersection of public policy, urban design, and equity. Now, Marlon is working towards his Master of Public Administration and Master of Urban Planning at UW. Growing up in the Puget Sound region, public spaces have played a crucial role in Marlon's life.

Marlon brings policy experience from Seattle University Center for Community Engagement, the Office of Senator Cantwell, and the King County Wastewater Treatment Division. Today, he is an intern at Seattle Public Utilities, where he helps the City deliver infrastructure projects. His work centers around public works, environmental justice, and good governance.

Evan Hundley

Evan Hundley

Appointed by: Council
Term: 04/2016 - 3/31/2019

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Evan Hundley has Masters degrees in both Public Administration and Urban Planning. He is Head of School for Explorer West Middle School in West Seattle. Prior to that, Evan taught middle school and high school History and Geography, and coached tennis and basketball. As a native Seattleite, Evan spent much of his youth coaching and teaching tennis at Seattle Park and Recreation facilities. As Head of School, he understands the importance our parks and facilities have on the lives of youth. He works to instill a sense of community engagement into his students and folds it into his curriculum through service learning and volunteerism.
Evan participates on various non-profit boards throughout the city with missions that focus on education and literacy.

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Kelly McCaffrey

Board of Park Commissioners
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 4/1/2019 - 3/31/2022

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Kelly McCaffrey has spent 17 Seattle years working in environmental conservation.  She holds an M.P.A. from University of Washington. She was a project manager at Washington Water Trust, where she managed instream flow projects for threatened salmon-bearing streams using market-based approaches.  Prior to this she was a conference coordinator for the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability 500 and served as an assistant to the Governor's Sustainable Washington Advisory Panel.  She currently serves as a citizen advisor to the Resource Conservation Office for biennial evaluation of habitat conservation proposals, and as Co-Chair on SPU's Water System Advisory Committee.

Kelly has lived in Lake City, Wallingford, Beacon Hill, and now spends most of her time in West Seattle with her three young children, frequently reminding them to turn the sink off when finished. She sees parks and parks issues through the lens of a mother who brings her children to play outdoors and participate in recreation activities.

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Deepa Sivarajan

Commission Member- Seattle Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Commission
Term: 4/1/2018 - 3/31/2021

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Deepa is queer South Asian-American woman, born and raised in West Seattle.

She currently works for EnviroIssues, specializing in public outreach and communications consulting for local governments. Deepa has a Master's in climate change studies, and she has previously worked as an organizer for electoral and environmental campaigns in the Puget Sound region. She is passionate about environmental justice, which aims to address the disproportionate effect of environmental degradation on communities of color and low-income communities. Deepa envisions a bigger role for environmental justice (EJ) advocacy in queer and trans activist spaces, centering the voices and needs of QTPOC. She hopes that her work with the commission will further her interest in integrating EJ perspectives into policy, particularly in making recommendations on homelessness, displacement, and LGBTQ community spaces. 

Jessica Vu

Get Engaged Program
Term: 9/1/20 - 9/1/21

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Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Jessica grew up with a strong appreciation for both the natural spaces and diverse communities that make up the region. As a project manager at Forterra, she currently works to foster equitable and sustainable communities through land-use policy and stakeholder engagement.

Jessica has built her career around advancing racial equity through mission-based work related to food systems, land-use, public health, and economic development. She holds an MPA from the University of Washington and a BA in political ecology and food systems from New York University. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys taking on ambitious cooking projects, running along Lake Washington, and visiting the region's many alpine lakes.  

Sean Watts

Sean Watts

District 5 Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 04/1/2017 - 03/31/2020

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Sean Watts has a strong commitment to, and background in, bringing communities of color and underrepresented communities to the table. He has extensive experience in equity work with focuses on creating public spaces in communities that reflect the needs and wants of the people who live there.

Sean’s educational background in environmental science, combined with his experience and passion for community building, will provide great insight to the Park District Oversight Committee as they start to think about the next 6-year cycle of the Park District.