Alexandra Narvaez is a staff attorney with Legal Counsel for Youth and Children (LCYC), a non-profit organization that provides legal advocacy for youth facing homelessness, youth in dependency proceedings, and youth facing juvenile criminal charges. They provide holistic representation to the youth they serve. Alexandra works with youth in all three of these areas. Prior to joining the LCYC team in 2014, she worked for 7 years as a staff attorney with The Defender Association (TDA). While at TDA, she represented adults in misdemeanor, dependency, and civil commitment proceedings; and youth in juvenile and dependency cases. She attended Seattle University School of Law and completed her undergraduate education at the University of Washington.
Andra Kranzler, Secretary
Andra Kranzler, Intake and Outreach Staff Attorney at the Fair Work Center, provides legal support to the FWC intake and outreach program as well as technical support to FWC community collaborative partners. In addition, she advises and represents workers in enforcing their rights under local, state and federal labor and employment laws. Andra was raised in Montana and moved to the Puget Sound in 1995. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University and a Juris Doctor Degree from Seattle University School of Law. Most recently, Andra was Legislative Aide to Seattle Councilmember Lisa Herbold. Previously, she was the Community Economic Development Manager for Skyway Solutions, managing the grassroots planning effort to update the subarea plan for unincorporated Skyway-West Hill. Prior to that, she was a Staff Attorney at Columbia Legal Services in the Institutions Project.
Anthony (Tony) Orange
Tony Orange served as Executive Director of the Central Area Motivation Program from 2003 to 2007. Tony formerly worked for seven years as Executive Director of the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs and coordinated a stakeholder listening project for Region 4 Community Services Division Administrator of the State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). Prior to that, he served for a year as acting director of the Central Area Youth Association in Seattle and was staff assistant to the Seattle Human Rights Commission from 1988 to 1994. He was also executive director for the Coalition for Quality Integrated Education before landing a job as manager in the Equity and Compliance Department of the Seattle Public School District in 1977. Tony formaly served on the board of directors of Festival Sundiata, the Seattle-King County NAACP, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Seattle Affiliate of the National Black Child Development Institute. He was a member of the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission and the Loren Miller Bar Association Judicial Review Committee. Tony currently serves on the board of the Breakfast Group.
Assistant Chief Deanna Nollette
Assistant Chief Deanna Nollette received her police commission in 1996. She began her career in patrol and quickly became a Field Training Officer. She became a recognizable representative of the agency as a Public Information Officer and upon her promotion to the rank of Sergeant, she became the supervisor of the Media Relations Unit. As a Sergeant, she served in the West Precinct and upon her promotion to the rank of Lieutenant became a Watch Commander in the West and East Precincts. In 2013 she was promoted to the rank of Captain and commanded the Narcotics Unit and later the Special Victims Unit. In 2018 she was made Assisant Chief for the Investigations Bureau.
Throughout her career she has represented the department inside and outside the United States on a variety of subjects. In 2007 she spoke at the Major City Chief’s Conference on media and marketing strategies. She has been an instructor for the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and specialized in areas of Women in Law Enforcement Training, Crisis Communication and Managing Your Message. In 2013, she was selected as the Law Enforcement delegate / chair for the International Drug Law Conference in Frankfurt, Germany and was also selected as a United States representative at the International Harm Reduction Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Assistant Chief Nollette has been a leader and key partner in the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program and in 2015 was invited to the White House to speak about the program.
In her spare time, Assistant Chief Nollette is an avid amateur athlete in triathlon and cycling. She also enjoys travelling internationally with her husband of 23 years.
Jesse is a Legislative Aid for Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien and is as a graduate from the University of Washington's School of Social Work, where he studied public policy and administration with an emphasis on the connection between individual experiences and structural inequities. During the program, he concentrated on housing and homelessness and completed a fellowship in local government conducting research, outreach, and project management. In Seattle, he also led outreach for Councilmember Lorena González's successful City Council campaign for the first Latinx person elected. Jesse has also earned a Bachelor of Sociology from Georgia State University, which grounded his work with an intersectional lens for social justice.
Originally from the South, Jesse previously resided in Georgia where he was an active community organizer advancing anti-poverty, LGBTQ, feminist, and anti-racist work. This leadership earned Jesse recognition as on the top 50 LGBTQ activists by an Atlanta publication in 2014. Additionally, he directed MondoHomo, the South’s only queer arts and music festival with political roots and coordinated educational programming at Atlanta’s Feminist Health Center. In Seattle, Jesse is active in the local LGBTQ community and his true passion for eradicating the prison industrial complex, moving beyond short-gap reform, and advancing racial equity and anti-poverty work bring him to PDA's board. He also enjoys exploring what the Pacific Northwest has to offer with his French bulldog named Petunia. Jesse’s preferred pronouns are he/him/his.
Jim Street, Vice President
Jim is currently retired. He served on the Seattle City Council from 1984 to 1995, as a King County Superior Court Judge from 1996 to 2001, including a final year as a Juvenile Court judge, and from 2001 to 2010 as the Director of Reinvesting in Youth, a partnership for juvenile justice and youth-services reform led by the City of Seattle, King County and the King County Juvenile Court.
Jim has also served in the US Air Force in the Philippines and Vietnam, worked as an economist and operations analyst with the World Bank in Washington, D.C., and been an associate and partner in the law firm of Schweppe, Krug and Tausend in Seattle.
Jim and his wife Lou Ann have four children.
Joe McGovern retired in 2005 after serving for twenty years as a Financial Planning Director at Seattle City Light, where he was responsible for financial forecasting, rate-setting, and debt management. A native of New York, Joe moved to Olympia in 1974 to take a job as a budget manager for the State Department of Social and Health Services. He has also worked for King County and Metro and has had overseas assignments as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay and as an advisor to the Government of Kenya. Since his retirement Joe has been active as a volunteer Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), representing the best interests of children in dependency cases in King County Superior Court.
Lee Covell, President
By historical coincidence Lee came out of law school just as the first public defender office in the Northwest area was being formed and was the first staff attorney hired. (Trivia fact, the office received its funding from a federal grant in response to the unsuccessful appeal to the state Supreme Court by Jimi Hendrix’s brother on the right to counsel for misdemenant defendants.) After seven years at the Defender Association he went into private practice, emphasizing criminal defense. For the past twenty years, Lee represented defendants in federal court. Lee has since retired from his law practice in July 2017, but continues to enjoy his service on the Board and with the PDA community.
Marcos Martinez, Treasurer
Marcos is the Executive Director of Casa Latina, a community based non-profit with a mission to empower Latino immigrants though educational and economic opportunities. Casa Latina operates a worker center in Seattle, and is an affiliate of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Prior to joining Casa Latina, Marcos served as ED at Entre Hermanos, a grassroots nonprofit serving the Latino LGBTQ community in Seattle and King County for 8 years.
Before moving to Seattle, Marcos spent 20 years working in public radio in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Marcos currently serves on the advisory board of the University of Washington’s Latino Center for Health, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Health Disparities Community Advisory Board.
Mergitu has worked as an employment case manager for 15 years and as a union organizer before coming to OneAmerica where she now works as the South King County Organizer. She went to school for family and child study and is from East Africa. She is passionate about working with underserved communities. She is bilingual in Amharic and Oromo languages, and is the mother of a beautiful girl.
Minty was the first appointed Executive Director for the South King Council of Human Services. Prior to that role, she served as Interim Executive Director for United Indians of All Tribes Foundation (UIATF), an historic nonprofit RIO (Recognized Indian Organization) that champions, develops, and provides quality educational, cultural, social and socio-economic services that benefit all Indigenous People living in and around the Puget Sound Region, especially tribal families, elders and youth. Minty currently serves as the Community Engagement and Communication Specialist on staff with Seattle’s Community Police Commission. Minty is a passionate genealogist, working in her little spare time to connect families and their histories. She is also a published poet and playwright and the co-host of the popular podcast Breakdances with Wolves: Indigenous Pirate Radio.
Thea Oliphant-Wells is in long term recovery from opioid use disorder and has personal experiences with homelessness and criminal justice involvement. She is a social worker and harm reductionist. Since completing her master’s in social work at the University of Washington in 2012 she has been working with people with behavioral health conditions in harm reduction programs. She has most recently been a part of the King County Heroin and Opiate Addiction Task Force and has been working on systems level advocacy for the last two years, while working as a social worker for King County’s Public Health Needle Exchange program.
Turina James was born in Grants Pass Oregon and raised in Yakima WA; then moved to Auburn in 1997. She is an alumni of the LEAD program after being a participant for three years. After the death of her one-year-old son in 1986, Turina began her struggle with substance abuse disorder, homelessness and depression. Over the past 30 years, Turina spent 23 of those in recovery and now is back on the road for the last two years. For more than a year and a half, Turina has been an active member and leader in VOCAL-WA. She served as an intern for the PDA and now is a Board Member. Turina sits on the King County Prescribing Practices subcommittee and substance abuse work groups and has done several speaking engagements locally and nationally.
Turina is continuing her studies as peer educator and has a goal to become a certified peer counselor and eventually become a chemical dependency counselor. She is proud grandma who loves to spend as much time with her granddaughter as possible and enjoys river rafting, the mountains just spending time at home relaxing. Turina loves all the opportunities to give back to the community.