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Mayor's Youth Commission of Tacoma









The Mayor's Youth Commission is a platform for youth in Tacoma to engage their local government and be a part of the important decisions being made right now that will soon affect them. For the first six months of 2019, students from across Tacoma came together to discuss what changes they wanted to see in Tacoma and how they would achieve those changes. After months of conversation and learning, the students elected their inaugural 10-member leadership team in June of 2019 that would guide the full commission in its work. When the leadership team was sworn in they were leading a Youth Commission of 70 Tacoma students. 


The membership of the Youth Commission includes all members who have applied and have been added to the official roster by the staff liaison. Students interested in applying can use the link below. Any student in middle or high school is eligible to apply so long as they either live or attend school in Tacoma. Once you are added to the roster, you will receive regular emails from the staff liaison. 



Mayor and Commission


Mayor Woodards and Members of the Youth Commission on election day, June 2019


"The Tacoma Mayor's Youth Commission is changing the way Tacoma governs! The youth voice, celebrated through this open, project-based group of young people, is central. Tacoma is listening to the Commission. Tacoma is listening to the youth. And you can be a part of the change. Apply below if you live or go to school in Tacoma and want to make real change in your community!" -Rosemary Sissel, Commission Chair


Apply to Join the Mayor's Youth Commission of Tacoma


Current Leadership Team

The leadership team of the Youth Commission includes the Chair and Vice-Chair of each of the four committees, and the Commission Chair and Commission Vice-Chair who represent the leadership team and the Youth Commission when in the community and before the City Council. The leadership may at times appoint ad-hoc committee leaders for specific purposes, but these members do not have the same powers as the elected chairs. 


Leadership Team

The 2019-2020 Leadership Team on Election Day, June 2019


Name and Position

 Council   District

 Grade and School

Rosemary Sissel, Commission Chair  District 3 12th Grade at Foss High School
Yasmin Aref, Commission Vice Chair  District 1 12th Grade at Bellarmine Preparatory School
Huyen-Tram Nguyen, O&B Chair  District 3 12th Grade at SAMi
Stella Keating, O&B Vice Chair  District 1 9th Grade at Wilson High School
Ethan Quinones, J&S Chair  ​District 4 12th Grade at Lincoln High School
Rowan Ali, J&S Vice Chair  District 1 11th Grade at Foss High School
Maizy Green, S&EH Chair  District 1 11th Grade at Stadium High School 
Taylor Jackson, S&EH Vice Chair  District 1 12th Grade at Bellarmine Preparatory School
Ian Fredrickson, EA&C Chair  District 2 12th Grade at SOTA
Emma Robinson, EA&C Vice Chair  District 1 12th Grade at Stadium High School


Leadership Team Goals 2019-2020

Each year the elected leadership team chooses priorities for the whole Youth Commission to focus on. Each committee works together to achieve these goals as well as their own focused priorities. 


The priorities for the Youth Commission for 2019-2020 include:

  • Hosting a regional youth summit
  • Formally establishing the role and functions of the Youth Commission
  • Getting youth members on other boards and commissions 


The Committees

The Mayor's Youth Commission is organized into four committees that guide the work they want to do in Tacoma. Each is led by a Chair and Co-Chair elected by their committee, and are coordinated by the Commission Chair and Vice-Chair. Ad-hoc committee chairs when created are included below. Ad-hoc chairs are appointed by the leadership team and serve until the committee's purpose is fulfilled. 


Justice and Safety Committee (J&S)

The Justice and Safety Committee strives to empower Tacomans to know their rights, improve school safety for students, and improve the safety for all Tacomans throughout the City. 


Priorities for J&S Committee for 2019-2020 include: 

  • Supporting positive relationships between police and the community 
  • Advocating for school safety measures, specifically lunch lock down drills
  • Creating a "know your rights" pamphlet for Tacoma youth
Outreach and Budget Committee (O&B)

The Outreach and Budget Committee focuses on recruiting new members and reaching out through social media, as well as helping develop any budgeted resources for the Youth Commission. 


Priorities for the O&B Committee for 2019-2020:

  • Hosting events that increase the number of students on the Commission
  • Expanding use of the Youth Commission Instagram to engage students
  • Recommending uses of existing funds, and fundraiser for long-term stability


Social and Environmental Health Committee (S&EH)

The Social and Environmental Health Committee is focused on protecting the environment, student mental health, and programs that create social cohesion in communities. 


Priorities for the S&EH Committee for 2019-2020 include: 

  • Advocating for increased nursing staff in public schools that can provide general care and mental health care
  • Advocating for increased mental health curriculum in schools
  • Advocating for greener construction and bike lanes


Education, Arts, and Culture Committee (EA&C)

The Education, Arts, and Culture Committee focuses on strengthening educational outcomes, and creating opportunities for youth to share their art and culture in their schools and city. 


Priorities for the EA&C Committee for 2019-2020 include: 

  • Partnering with public agencies to redesign Gas Station Park in a way that reflects the voices and cultures of students that live there
  • Bridging the gap between special education students and traditional classroom students to create better outcomes for both


Documents and Media

Article, Centering Youth in Local Government 

Q13 News Clip on the First Elections, June 15, 2019

Resolution Formally Establishing the Mayor's Youth Commission of Tacoma

Youth Commission Bylaws as of November 13, 2019 


Staff Support

Staffing support to the Mayor's Youth Commission is provided by the City Manager's Office



Time and Day

General Meeting 

10 AM - 3 PM
Third Saturday of the month


Leadership Team Meeting
10 AM - 12 PM

Second Wednesday of the month


February General Assembly 

Tacoma Municipal Building

747 Market Street

Tacoma WA, 98402


Leadership Team Meeting
Tacoma Municipal Building

727 Market Street

Room 138

Tacoma WA, 98402


Please note that Locations for the General Assembly rotate around the city to increase access to the meetings. 


Staff Liaison
Bucoda Warren
Senior Management Fellow 

Contact the staff liaison with questions, or requests of the Youth Commission