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Andra Kranzler, Secretary 

Andra serves as Legislative Aide to Seattle Councilmember Lisa Herbold, was raised in Montana and moved to the Puget Sound in 1995. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University and a Juris Doctor Degree from Seattle University School of Law. Most recently, Andra was the Community Economic Development Manager for Skyway Solutions, managing the grassroots planning effort to update the subarea plan for unincorporated Skyway-West Hill. Prior to that, she was a Staff Attorney at Columbia Legal Services in the Institutions Project.Andra Kranzler, Legislative Aide to Seattle Councilmember Lisa Herbold, was raised in Montana and moved to the Puget Sound in 1995. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University and a Juris Doctor Degree from Seattle University School of Law. Most recently, Andra was the Community Economic Development Manager for Skyway Solutions, managing the grassroots planning effort to update the subarea plan for unincorporated Skyway-West Hill. Prior to that, she was a Staff Attorney at Columbia Legal Services in the Institutions Project.

 

Anthony (Tony) Orange

Tony Orange served as Executive Director of the Central Area Motivation Program from 2003 to 2007.  Tony formerly worked for seven years as Executive Director of the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs and coordinated a stakeholder listening project for Region 4 Community Services Division Administrator of the State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). Prior to that, he served for a year as acting director of the Central Area Youth Association in Seattle and was staff assistant to the Seattle Human Rights Commission from 1988 to 1994. He was also executive director for the Coalition for Quality Integrated Education before landing a job as manager in the Equity and Compliance Department of the Seattle Public School District in 1977. Tony currently serves on the board of directors of Festival Sundiata, the Seattle-King County NAACP, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Breakfast Group and the Seattle Affiliate of the National Black Child Development Institute. He is a member of the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission and the Loren Miller Bar Association Judicial Review Committee. 

 

Captain Deanna Nollette

Captain Deanna Nollette received her police commission in 1996.  She began her career in patrol and quickly became a Field Training Officer.  She became a recognizable representative of the agency as a Public Information Officer and upon her promotion to the rank of Sergeant she became the supervisor of the Media Relations Unit. As a sergeant she served as a Sergeant in the West Precinct and upon her promotion to the rank of Lieutenant became a Watch Commander in the West and East Precincts.  In 2013 she was promoted to the rank of Captain and commanded the Narcotics Unit before taking her current assignment as the Captain of the Special Victims Unit.

Throughout her career she has represented the department inside and outside the United States on a variety of subjects.  In 2007 she spoke at the Major City Chief’s Conference on media and marketing strategies.  She has been an instructor for the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and specialized in areas of Women in Law Enforcement Training, Crisis Communication and Managing Your Message.   In 2013, she was selected as the Law Enforcement delegate / chair for the International Drug Law Conference in Frankfurt, Germany and was also selected as a United States representative at the International Harm Reduction Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Captain Nollette has been a leader and key partner in the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program and in 2015 was invited to the White House to speak about the program.

In her spare time, Captain Nollette is an avid amateur athlete in triathlon and cycling.  She also enjoys travelling internationally with her husband of 21 years.

 

Jesse Perrin

Jesse is currently a Legislative Aid to Councilmember Mike O'Brien and is a recent graduate from the University of Washington's School of Social Work, where he studied public policy practice emphasizing the connection between individual experiences and structural inequities. During the program, he concentrated on housing and homelessness and completed a fellowship in Mayor Ed Murray's Office conducting research, outreach, and project management. Jesse led outreach for Lorena Gonzalez's successful City Council campaign in 2016 to help elect Seattle's first Latinx public official. Jesse earned a Bachelor of Sociology from Georgia State University, which grounded his work with an intersectional lens.

Originally from the South, Jesse previously resided in Georgia where he was an active community organizer advancing LGBTQ rights and economic justice. This leadership earned Jesse recognition as on the top 50 LGBTQ activists by an Atlanta publication in 2015. Also in 2015 and 2014, he directed the South's only DIY musical and political festival specific to queer arts. In Seattle, Jesse is active in the local LGBTQ community and enjoys adventures with his French bulldog named Petunia.

 

Jim Street, Vice President

Jim is currently retired. He served on the Seattle City Council from 1984 to 1995, as a King County Superior Court Judge from 1996 to 2001, including a final year as a Juvenile Court judge, and from 2001 to 2010 as the Director of Reinvesting in Youth, a partnership for juvenile justice and youth-services reform led by the City of Seattle, King County and the King County Juvenile Court.

Jim has also served in the US Air Force in the Philippines and Vietnam, worked as an economist and operations analyst with the World Bank in Washington, D.C., and been an associate and partner in the law firm of Schweppe, Krug and Tausend in Seattle.

Jim and his wife Lou Ann have four children.

 

Lee Covell, President

By historical coincidence Lee came out of law school just as the first public defender office in the Northwest area was being formed and was the first staff attorney hired.  (Trivia fact, the office received its funding from a federal grant in response to the unsuccessful appeal to the state Supreme Court by Jimi Hendrix’s brother on the right to counsel for misdemenant defendants.)  After seven years at the Defender Association he went into private practice, emphasizing criminal defense.  For the past twenty years he has been representing defendants in federal court. Lee is edging toward retirement and is now down to his last two cases. 

 

Marcos Martinez, Treasurer

Marcos is the Executive Director of Casa Latina, a community based non-profit with a mission to empower Latino immigrants though educational and economic opportunities. Casa Latina operates a worker center in Seattle, and is an affiliate of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Prior to joining Casa Latina, Marcos served as ED at Entre Hermanos, a grassroots nonprofit serving the Latino LGBTQ community in Seattle and King County for 8 years.

Before moving to Seattle, Marcos spent 20 years working in public radio in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Marcos currently serves on the advisory board of the University of Washington’s Latino Center for Health, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Health Disparities Community Advisory Board.

 

Mergitu Argo

Mergitu has worked as an employment case manager for 15 years and as a union organizer before coming to OneAmerica where she now works as the South King County Organizer. She went to school for family and child study and is from East Africa. She is passionate about working with underserved communities.  She is bilingual in Amharic and Oromo languages, and is the mother of a beautiful girl.

 

Robert Flennaugh

Robert Flennaugh II has represented clients in Washington State and Federal courts for over fourteen years. He began his career as a public defender with the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (S.C.R.A.P), where he represented both adult and juvenile clients on a wide variety of charges. He then joined a private Seattle firm specializing in criminal defense and later opened his own criminal defense practice, Law Office of Robert Flennaugh II, PLLC.

Robert’s breadth of experience in the Washington courts and extensive background in trial and negotiation are effective assets to his clients. His abilities and expertise are well-regarded by peer attorneys and judges; he was voted a “Super Lawyer” by his peers in 2010 (Washington Law & Politics Magazine); asked to become a member of The National Trial Lawyers, an exclusive legal organization composed of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in each state; and, he has been voted by his legal peers as a "Rising Star" six times since 2000 (Washington Law & Politics Magazine).