The Ellensburg City Council voted on Monday to appoint six community members to the City’s new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission.
New commission members include: Veronica Acevedo, Daniel Amos, Tylene Carnell, Kandee Cleary, Landis Hanson and Sara Omrani. Council member Nancy Goodloe will serve as the chair of the commission. Members of the DEI Commission are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the Ellensburg City Council.
The City received 34 applications for the commission, and sent supplemental questions to the applicants for further information. Of the 34 applicants, 25 complete questionnaires were returned and from this information the Council DEI Subcommittee narrowed the field down to nine people for interviews. One person withdrew from the process and the Council Subcommittee selected six applicants from the remainder to be forwarded to the City Council for approval.
“The people who have been selected reflect the communities and voices we heard during the listening tour,” Mayor Bruce Tabb said. “They have the ability to represent the voices we heard and can begin the hard work to make this a community that values different voices.”
The DEI Subcommittee selected members who represent diverse communities, different sectors or who had skills outlined in Ordinance 4871. The DEI Subcommittee weighed each applicant’s community networks. Part of the commission’s purpose is to increase communication with various communities Council doesn’t usually hear from.
“The networks were very important and how far into the community members of the commission can reach with the work that we’re doing and the messages that we’re sending,” said Nancy Goodloe, chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission.
The commission will be charged with developing the new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion chapter of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and helping the Council move forward with the goals established in the Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Subcommittee Report accepted by Council in December 2020.