Chief of Staff
Karan (“ker-in”) grew up in and still calls South King County home with his wife and 2 sons. In addition to his responsibilities as Chief of Staff, Karan is the lead on budget and oversees a variety of other policy issues for the 5th District. Prior, Karan led the public policy efforts for a local nonprofit, was the legislative aide to House Speaker Frank Chopp, and campaign manager for Senator Van De Wege. Karan earned his bachelors from the University of Washington (Go Dawgs!) and earned an MPA from Seattle University.
Emlyn grew up in Portland, Oregon, and now calls Seattle home. Emlyn manages communications, constituent correspondence, scheduling and other office operations for District 5. Prior to joining the King County Council, she worked at communications firm Weber Shandwick where she supported issue advocacy communications efforts for gender equality, civic justice, and global health campaigns. Before returning to the Pacific Northwest, Emlyn spent a year in Madrid, Spain as a middle and high school teacher. She spends her time outside of work cooking for her friends and exploring Washington with her partner. Emlyn earned her B.A. in Politics and Gender & Women’s Studies from Pomona College.
Policy and Outreach Aide
Zoë is a San Francisco native who recently moved to Seattle from the Twin Cities. In Minnesota, Zoë was the community relations specialist with the Metropolitan Council, the Twin Cities’ regional planning agency. Prior to that, she was the senior associate of housing and transportation policy at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a technology trade association in the Bay Area. As a recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest, she spends most of her time exploring the area with her dog. Zoë’s issue areas include transportation, land use, and environmental policy in District 5. She earned her B.S. in Political Science from University of Oregon.
Senior Policy Analyst and Community Outreach Aide
Diana has returned from two decades in Australia where she worked for the South Australia Parliament as a Policy Advisor. Prior to heading Down Under, Diana was the Senior Legislative Aide to the Chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, Nita Rinehart. Diana staffs health & human services, criminal justice, community development, arts & culture, and public safety policy. Diana earned an MPA from the University of Washington.