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Office of Equity and Social Justice

The Office of Equity and Social Justice supports and works with King County leadership, employees and local and national partners to advance practices, strategies and policies that promote fairness, justice and opportunity for all. 

Arun Sambataro
Equity Strategies Manager
(206) 263-1104

Contact Arun for information on:
- ESJ Strategic Plan and Implementation
- Department/Agency ESJ Work Plans and use of the Cascade tool
- Equity Impact Review
- Lift Every Youth 

Damarys Espinoza
ESJ Strategic Plan Implementation Manager
(206) 263-8583

       Contact Damarys for information on:
               - ESJ Strategic Plan and Implementation
               - Department/Agency ESJ Work plans and use of Cascade 
               - King County Employee Resource/Affinity Groups
               - Speaking and presentation requests 

Senayet Negusse
Language Equity Program Manager
(206) 263-1047

Contact Senayet for information on:
- Department/Division language access plans
- Translation and interpretation requirements for King County agencies 
                - Feedback or complaints related to King County access for individuals
who speak limited English 
                - Immigrant and refugee community outreach; ethnic media
                - King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission

Hamdi Mohamed 
Immigrant and Refugee Policy Advisor
(206) 263-3434

Contact Hamdi for information on:
- Implementation of immigration-related policies and regulations
- Strategies for immigrant and refugee engagement and services
- King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission

Christopher Bhang
Civil Rights Program Manager
King County ADA Coordinator
(206) 263-5580

Contact Chris for information on:
- Civil rights matters in Housing, Employment, Public Accommodations,
 Contracting in unincorporated King County  - Civil rights matters in Employment in King County, particularly
County employees
- Title II and VI compliance in King County 

The Inter Branch Team (IBT) 

The Inter Branch Team (IBT) helps facilitate accountability of and coordination by all branches of county government regarding implementation of the "fair and just" principle of the countywide strategic plan. This work includes tool development, public and community engagement, training and work plan creation.

The Inter Branch Team (click image to enlarge)
The Inter Branch Team (click image to enlarge)



A learning team from all agencies in King County government that passionately engages employees and community residents and leverages activities that create equitable opportunities for all.


The ESJ Inter-Branch team is a catalyst for change in county government and the community by increasing focus on the determinants of equity and intentionally embedding an equity lens in the county's policies and decision-making, organizational practices, and community engagement and communications.


  • Accountability and coordination:
    Facilitate accountability of and coordination by all branches of county government regarding implementation of the fair and just principle of the countywide strategic plan.
  • Analytical tools:
    Develop and support use of analytical tools to identify and review equity impacts of programs, policies and decisions at all levels of government, in ways to amplify positive impacts and mitigate negative impacts.
  • Public/community engagement:
    Develop and support use of guidelines to be implemented across all branches of government for outreach, communication and community engagement to increase community access to information and opportunities to inform and shape county policies and services.
  • Organizational practices:
    Identify and support mechanisms to improve fairness and increase opportunities in government organizational practices in the areas of employment, contracting and procurement.
  • Support Equity and Social Justice awareness and training:
    Focus on increasing awareness among all employees, encouraging employee-generated ideas and solutions, and providing training support within King County agencies.
  • Forum for ideas:
    Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, information, and collaborative efforts between all branches of government to embrace equity and social justice policies and practices.
  • Annual work plans:
    Support and identify annual work plans by departments and agencies to apply and incorporate equity and social justice practices into their core lines of business.
  • Annual reports:
    Develop, design and publish an annual report on the status and trends in equity in the county and measures of accountability for work plans and results related to implementation of this ordinance for King County elected leadership, employees and the public.

Competencies for members:

  • Knowledge and commitment to ESJ:
    Possesses an understanding of equity, determinants of equity, as well as race and social justice issues.
  • Initiative and creativity:
    Develops novel solutions to problems, both within and across agency and department.
  • Systemic and holistic approach:
    Applies thinking and problem solving that are comprehensive and address the root problems
  • Teamwork:
    Works to build a sense of empowerment and shared responsibility for advancing the County's work on ESJ. Understands what impedes change and improvements, and works collectively to address those barriers.
  • Training:
    Takes responsibility for continued personal learning and agency/department learning around issues of equity, race and social justice.
  • Leadership:
    Is a persistent and vocal champion and advocate of Equity and Social Justice at all levels of the organization and in the community.


  • Role:
    From its leadership position, the Inter-Branch Team will champion Equity and Social Justice within county government and in the community.
  • Membership:
    The Inter-Branch Team shall be composed of the directors or their designees of all branches, departments, agencies and offices of county government.
  • Representatives and alternates:
    Designees shall be at a level with access to senior leadership and able to create focus and sustained attention on equity and social justice issues. In addition, an alternate representative will be selected to assure representation at Inter-Branch Team meetings.
  • Time commitment:
    The Equity and Social Justice Inter-Branch Team will meet on the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. with additional time scheduled as needed for planning, training and workgroups.

Equity and Social Justice Inter–Branch Team Roster

Revised August 2019

Department/ Representing Body




Adult & Juvenile Detention

Mohamed Eltayeb



Mindy Tiangson


  Ruth Peterson

Community & Human Services

Denise Rothleutner



Pervis Willis



Larry Evans



Mike Reed



Carmela Ennis


District Court

Crystal Sweet



Lillian Hawkins



Richard Moore


Equity & Social Justice

Matias Valenzuela



Arun Sambataro



Tynishia Walker


Executive Office

Natasha Jones


Executive Services

Cecelia Hayes


   Tricia Diamond 477-9617

Human Resources

Brooke Bascom



Sandra Newton-Hinton


Information Technology 

Nicole Franklin



John Klein


Judicial Administration

Kimberly Hamm


 Local Services Mary Louis 263-9008
  Cheryl Binetti 477-3801

Natural Resources & Parks

Arthur Hendricks


Native American Leadership Council

Pamela Stearns



Tino Salud



Katherine Festa


Performance, Strategy & Budget

Michael Jacobson


Prosecuting Attorney

Jo Anne Fox



Jina Kim


Carla Lee


Public Defense




Public Health

Cyndi Schaeffer



Rhonda Lewis



Scott Somers



Liz Rocca


Superior Court

Beth Taylor


Metro Transit

Joy Bryngelson



Lorrie Alfonsi