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Jennifer Samuels

Chief of Staff

Chief of Staff Jennifer Samuels is responsible for overseeing the workings of the Mayor's Office – from directing office staff to addressing constituent needs and improving office efficiencies. Samuels brings a diverse background in government and law office management. Previously serving in Mayor-elect Harrell’s office during his tenure at the Seattle City Council from 2008 through 2019, Samuels’ primary responsibilities included managing the Council President's committee work, full council briefings, human resources, constituent services, and community priorities. Samuels also served at the Washington State Supreme Court as lead judicial aide to State Supreme Court Justice Robert F. Utter. In Olympia, Samuels served as a liaison between the judicial, legislative and executive branches.

Monisha Harrell

Monisha Harrell

Senior Deputy Mayor

Senior Deputy Mayor Monisha Harrell is responsible for helping define and implement Mayor Bruce Harrell's agenda, working with major stakeholders and on key priorities including public safety. Harrell comes to the Mayor's Office as Board Chair for Equal Rights Washington and a member of the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund. Harrell has served as a fellow for Lifelong AIDS Alliance, co-chair of the Capitol Hill LGBTQ Public Safety Task Force, an appointee to the City of Seattle's 2017 search committee for the Director of Police Accountability, and co-chair for the De-Escalate Washington campaign committee (I-940) requiring de-escalation training for all law enforcement officers in Washington state in 2018. The Governor and Attorney General have appointed Harrell to serve on task forces and working groups addressing police accountability, independent investigations involving police use of force, and hate crimes.

Tiffany Washington

Tiffany Washington

Deputy Mayor of Housing and Homelessness

Deputy Mayor of Housing and Homelessness Tiffany Washington is responsible for implementing the mayor's ambitious agenda for addressing the crisis of homelessness and housing insecurity. Washington has worked on some of the City's most formidable challenges before and during the pandemic. She has served as Division Director of Homelessness within the Seattle Department of Human Services and as Deputy Director at the Department of Education and Early Learning. She has contributed to initiatives that build more opportunities for Seattle's youth, including Seattle Promise and Seattle Youth Employment. Her passion for racial, educational, and economic justice can be traced back to her early work as a youth outreach worker in Seattle’s Central District. Before coming to city government in 2015, she served as Vice President of Programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound and Director of Youth Programs at the Mockingbird Society, an advocacy organization serving foster youth across Washington.

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Kendee Yamaguchi

Deputy Mayor of External Affairs

Deputy Mayor of External Affairs Kendee Yamaguchi works to foster strong and collaborative relationships between the City of Seattle and community groups, non-profit organizations, and local businesses; support the City’s COVID response; direct the mayor-elect’s external relations team; and coordinate mayoral priorities around cultural initiatives and events. She brings more than two decades of government service, having held leadership roles in the White House and Washington State’s Department of Commerce, Office of the Attorney General and Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. In the private sector, she worked both as an attorney and television executive for a leading international cable network. As Executive Director for Snohomish County, she led the early COVID-19 economic response. She earned a bachelor’s degree from American University and law degree from Seattle University. Yamaguchi has served on the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission, Washington State Bar Association Professionalism Committee, and local and national boards.

Tim Burgess

Tim Burgess

Director of Strategic Initiatives

As director of strategic initiatives, Tim Burgess works on and oversees projects designated by Mayor-elect Harrell as key priorities. Tim Burgess served 10 years at Seattle City Hall as a member of the City Council and as the City’s 55th Mayor. Burgess was the lead architect of the Seattle Preschool Program for the City's three- and four-year old children, led the effort in 2011 to double the size of the City’s Families and Education Levy, and championed the adoption of an excise tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition with the revenues dedicated to gun violence prevention and research. Burgess was a consistent and staunch advocate for criminal justice and police reform, economic growth policies, and tourism promotion in his time at City Hall.

Jamie Housen

Jamie Housen

Director of Communications

As Director of Communications, Jamie Housen is responsible for sharing and broadcasting Mayor Harrell’s message and priorities across the City, externally and internally. He joins the Mayor’s Office after years of campaign work, developing thoughtful and robust communications plans, interfacing with journalists and members of the media, collaborating alongside elected officials, and supporting complex issue initiatives. He is a graduate of the University of Washington.

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Anne Maher


As the Mayor’s Scheduler, Anne Maher manages the Mayor’s calendar fulfilling requests from constituents, staff, and government officials. She joins the Mayor’s office from his campaign. A graduate of Bowdoin College, Anne previously interned supporting Senator Patty Murray and a nonprofit working to ensure efficient governmental coordination and communication. She looks forward to serving as a liaison between the people of Seattle and the Office of the Mayor.