Commissioner Biographies

Commissioner Biographies

Current members of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission:
Richard Shordt, Chair is Senior Corporate Counsel with the Compliance and Ethics group at T-Mobile. He provides legal and compliance advise to senior business leaders on government ethics, whistleblower protection, state and local lobbying, and pay-to-play matters. He is also the primary legal counsel responsible for directing and managing privileged internal investigations into ethical, legal, and other violations of T-Mobile�s Code of Business Conduct and related company policies. Before joining T-Mobile, Mr. Shordt spent nearly seven years practicing law in Seattle and Washington, DC where he developed a sophisticated practice representing clients in connection with civil and criminal litigation, as well as responding to inquiries from federal and state regulators and law enforcement agencies. Prior to moving to Seattle Mr. Shordt spent nearly a decade on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC as a legislative aide where he managed the legislative priorities, served as a policy advisor and liaison to federal agencies and industry representatives, and ensured staff compliance with applicable ethics rules and guidelines for two Members of Congress. Mr. Shordt was appointed by the City Council in 2019 for a term that expires December 31, 2021.
Hardeep Singh Rekhi, Vice Chair is an owner and partner of Rekhi & Wolk, P.S. His practice focuses on immigration, individual employee rights as well as class action wage and hour litigation. While Mr. Rekhi was born and raised in Seattle, he has not lost touch with his immigrant roots. He is an advocate for immigrants both in his professional capacity and through his work as a past board member of Oneamerica, an organization recognized nationally as leader in immigrants rights movement. Mr. Rekhi is dedicated to advocating for a fair judicial systems for individuals. Currently he sits on the board for the Washington Employment Lawyers Association (WELA), an organization of plaintiffs' employment lawyers. He is also a board member for The South Asian Bar Association of Washington. He is an Eagle Member at Washington State Association for Justice. In 2015 he was sworn in as Judge pro tempore. Mr. Rekhi was appointed by the Mayor in December 2015 to a term ending December 31, 2018. Mr. Rekhi was reappointed to the Commission by the City Council in 2020 to a term that expires December 31, 2022.
Jeff Winmill is the principal of Winmill Law and Policy, LLC, where he represents clients on a variety of legal, regulatory, municipal and policy matters.  He is a former Director of Voter Protection for the Democratic Party in Washington State and was responsible for protecting voting rights in each of the state's 39 counties.  Prior to moving to Seattle, Jeff practiced energy and environmental law at a firm in Washington D.C. for a decade, was on the national staff of three presidential campaigns, and worked for the Minority Leader in the U.S Senate.   He and his wife, Dr. Chaitra Ujjani, live in Madison Valley and spend most of their time chasing or being chased by their one-year-old daughter.  He is originally from Pocatello, Idaho.

Kristin Hawes, biography forthcoming.
Zach Pekelis Jones is an Assistant Attorney General in the Complex Litigation Division of the Washington State Office of the Attorney General, where he focuses on constitutional and administrative law. Previously, Zach served as a trial attorney in the Voting Section of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, which enforces the Voting Rights Act and other federal election statutes. Before that, Zach was an associate at Perkins Coie in Seattle, where he litigated cases across a wide range of subject matter-from labor and employment to consumer protection to election law. After law school, Zach clerked for Circuit Judge David F. Hamilton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. After college, Zach joined Teach For America, teaching history and government at a high school in Brooklyn, New York. Born and raised in Seattle, Zach attended Garfield High School, where he played sax in the jazz band. He graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School.

Susan Taylor, served as Chief Compliance Counsel for Fluke Corporation and Tektronix Inc., both global electronics manufacturers, from 2013 to 2018. She focused on building a compliance program to prevent corruption, particularly in high risk countries such as China, Brazil, Russia and India, and overseeing the whistleblower program to ensure fair and thorough investigations of employee complaints. She continues to serve as Interim Compliance Counsel for Tektronix on a part-time basis. Previously, Susan was General Counsel at eMagin Corporation, Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Washington Mutual, Inc. and Partner at Foster Pepper PLLC. She graduated with a degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and a law degree from U.C. Berkeley. She volunteers in the King County Neighborhood Legal Clinic program and has lived in Seattle since 1985. Ms. Taylor was appointed by the Commission in February 2019 to a term ending December 31, 2021.
Judy Tobin, biography forthcoming.
Please note that a Commissioner whose term has expired can continue to serve until a new appointment is made by the appropriate authority and confirmed by the City Council.
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