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Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell

Mar 01 2008

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jennifer samuelsJennifer Samuels is a member of Councilmember Bruce Harrell’s staff with a diverse background in law and nonprofit management. Prior to working for the Seattle City Council, Ms. Samuels served as the Executive Director for an immigration and housing nonprofit organization. Ms. Samuels has also worked for the Washington State Supreme Court having been appointed as lead staff to former State Supreme Court Justice Robert F. Utter. While in Olympia, Ms. Samuels served for five years as a liaison between the judicial, legislative and executive branches for Justice Utter.

Ms. Samuels is particularly proud of her work assisting new and emerging democracies from Central and Eastern Europe, including providing support for a series of judicial seminars sponsored by the State of Washington, United States Information Agency, and the American Bar Association.

In Councilmember Harrell’s office, her primary responsibilities include staffing the Energy and Technology Committee, the Prosperity Partnership economic development efforts and addressing issues in the areas of public safety, human services, and sub-issues for City Light’s operations such as reliability and distribution review, streetlight repair, risk management policies, rates, and customer service.

In 2000, Ms. Samuels was selected and admitted to the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations including Adventist Community Services and the Better Living Series.

When Ms. Samuels is not working, she enjoys volunteering with her church and spending time with her lifelong husband of 27 years and their three adult children.

jeremy racca

Jeremy Racca is a member of Councilmember Bruce Harrell’s staff with deep ties to the Seattle community. Prior to working in Councilmember Harrell’s office, Mr. Racca worked as a non-profit consultant and disability rights advocate for several local non-profits. He also has experience in local and national campaign field work. Mr. Racca is a member of the 46th legislative district Democrats where he serves on the outreach committee. He holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Washington.

Mr. Racca is honored to play a part in advancing the rights of underrepresented groups and people living with disabilities. As a member of the University of Washington’s ASUW Student Disability Commission, he helped review and implement reforms to the University’s campus and building accessibility guide. These reforms will ensure students with disabilities have the accessibility to facilities that federal law requires. Jeremy is extremely enthusiastic about continuing his civil rights advocacy at city hall.

When not staffing the council office, Jeremy volunteers for the Washington State Chapter of The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and backpacks the Cascades.

vinh tangVinh Tang is a member of Councilmember Bruce Harrell’s staff with a strong background in technology, Internet marketing, Internet strategies and software development. Mr. Tang is also experienced in campaign and finance issues, financial disclosure issues and electoral procedures. Prior to working for Councilmember Harrell’s office, he worked in the computer hardware industry and he currently coordinates Councilmember Harrell’s schedule and manages the administrative operations for the office, budget issues and compliance with ethics and elections procedures. Mr. Tang also staffs Councilmember Harrell on issues related to technology, broadband, renewable energy, transportation, economic development, and various utility issues.

Mr. Tang attended and studied economics and computer science at the University of Washington. He has lived on both sides of the Pacific Ocean and enjoys playing basketball, football, baseball, and has a goal of hiking the entire Washington Pacific Crest Trail.

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