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Civil Rights Commission

Raising community awareness and involvement on civil rights issues

King County Civil Rights Commission


To take a strong leadership role in raising community awareness and involvement on civil rights issues and to advise the King County Executive and King County Council on matters related to the County's civil rights programs.


We, the Civil Rights Commission, envision a thriving King County in which people experience a culture based on equity, social justice, and civil rights for all.

Commission Goals

  • Monitor and review the implementation of civil rights ordinances and policies to determine compliance and effectiveness
  • Cultivate relationships and work in collaboration with a variety of groups including community, business, civic and religious organizations, County leadership and County departments to ensure civil rights protection
  • Build community awareness about Equity and Social Justice in King County's diverse communities

Core Businesses

  • Identification of civil rights issues within King County
  • Report to County Executive and County Council on Commission activities
  • Report and make recommendations to County Executive and County Council on civil rights policies in King County
  • Conduct and participate in community forums

Commission Structure

  • Meetings: Meets quarterly in the Chinook Building, room 124 (first floor), 401 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Meetings are open to the public.
  • Members: 12
  • Terms: Three years
  • Appointment: Appointed by Council members, one for each of the nine Council Districts, three at-large members appointed by County Executive; all confirmed by Council. Must reside in King County. A cross-section of citizens of the community, including members of minority groups, sexual minorities, and individuals with disabilities.
  • Staff: Kelli Williams, Administrator
  • Chair: Justin Walsh, Esq.

Related Links

Equity and Social Justice
Regional Civil and Human Rights Commissions

Materials provided by this office are available in alternate format for individuals with disabilities upon request. Contact the Commission Administrator for information.