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Citizen Review Committee

Citizen Review Committee

The vision for a new Yesler began taking shape in 2006, when the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) created a Citizen Review Committee (CRC) comprised of residents, members of the surrounding community and other key stakeholders.

The purpose of the CRC is to make recommendations regarding Yesler redevelopment efforts. One enduring piece of early work from this committee was the creation of guiding principles.

The Yesler Terrace Guiding Principles are Social Equity, Economic Opportunity, Environmental Stewardship and One-for-One Replacement Housing.

The CRC is made up of diverse participants representing both the immediate neighborhood and stakeholders throughout the city. Resident members were selected by the Yesler Terrace Community Council . Membership categories on the committee include residents, affordable housing and smart growth/sustainability advocates, city agencies and service providers. With much of the planning work completed, the CRC now focuses on sustaining programs that foster connections and enrich the lives of people at Yesler. Current members are:

  • Diane Sugimura, Chair
  • Art Rea, Resident
  • Evan Hilsenberg, Blanton Turner
  • Halima Jaarso, Resident
  • Jim Erickson, First Hill Improvement Association
  • Julie West, Public Health Seattle-King County
  • Justin Van, Resident
  • Kent Koth, Seattle University
  • Kristin O'Donnell, Resident
  • Lee Copeland, Mithun
  • Maiko Winkler-Chin, Seattle Chinatown-International District Preservation and Development Authority
  • Mark Okazaki, Neighborhood House
  • Maureen Kostyack, Seattle Office of Housing
  • Maza Geberiel Desta, Resident
  • Michael Grossman, Resident
  • Michael Lanthier, Squire Park Community Council
  • Mulu Amare, Resident
  • Mumina Osman, Resident
  • Nimo Farah, Resident
  • Nora Gibson, Full Life Care
  • Pearl Leung, Vulcan Real Estate
  • Pradeepta Upadhyay, Inter*Im Community Development Association
  • Tam Nguyen, Friends of Little Saigon
  • Ted Klainer, Harborview Medical Center
  • William L. Ayears, Seattle Goodwill
  • Xinyu Wang, Resident
  • Yun Son, Resident

Citizen Review Committee meetings

Interpretation in multiple languages and light refreshments are provided at all CRC meetings, which are open to the public. Upcoming meetings:

  • TBD this fall, 2017; Yesler Community Center, 917 E Yesler Way; 5:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Minutes from past meetings: