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Tamer Abouzeid, Director

Tamer is a lawyer with experience in investigations, public policy, civil rights, and mediation. Before coming to OLEO, Tamer served as Staff Attorney at CAIR-Chicago; Legal Counsel to the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, where he also organized around community control of the police; and Investigator at Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability. Prior to his public service career, Tamer practiced International Arbitration at Shearman & Sterling, LLP. Tamer received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, his law degree from Georgetown Law, and his mediation certificate from Northwestern University.

The Director provides overall management, strategic direction, and functional leadership for OLEO and its staff. As a steward of the public’s interest to improve policies and practices both within OLEO and within the Sheriff’s Office, the Director also manages communications, enables community engagement, and directs the development of policies, practices, and recommendations that continuously improve the Sheriff’s Office operations and advance OLEO’s purpose. In addition, the Director works to expand OLEO’s capacity for oversight by improving codes, advocating for OLEO’s authority during collective bargaining, and establishing cooperative relationships with the Sheriff’s Office. 

Adrienne Wat, Deputy Director

Since joining OLEO in 2017, Adrienne has served as a subject matter expert and functional lead in the areas of policy analysis, complaint monitoring and certification review, systemic reviews – including officer involved shootings, and improving access to information and agency-to-agency relations. 

Adrienne heads the development of OLEO’s internal practices and procedures and provides strategic vision and leadership for the development and implementation of OLEO’s oversight work and organizational planning, collective bargaining activities, and stakeholder and council engagement.
  
Her interest in oversight stems from her ardent desire to advance positive systemic reforms to police practices – many of which she observed as a public defense attorney – and dedication to addressing structural and systemic issues impacting marginalized and low-income communities. In her role, Adrienne works to align OLEO’s programs, projects, and activities to the One King County Strategic Plan and ensure the office contributes to advancing goals outlined in the County’s Equity and Social Justice plan.

Adrienne is an attorney, and her experience includes work as public defender, a judicial clerk at the Washington State Supreme Court, and as a Fellow at the Korematsu Center for Law and Equality. She grew up in Hawaii and earned her degrees from Seattle University School of Law and the University of Washington.

The Deputy Director provides functional leadership for OLEO staff and provides expert analysis of law enforcement policies and practices to enable OLEO to fulfill its duties and address compliance issues with OLEO’s authority. Additionally, OLEO’s Deputy Director provides strategic recommendations for issues affecting OLEO during collective bargaining, manages OLEO access to Sheriff’s Office information, and oversees specific program areas of OLEO.

Shelby (Cramer) Iwatani, Community Engagement Manager

Shelby is an enthusiastic communications professional who is excited to apply their experience in equitable public involvement, collaborative decision-making, and dynamic storytelling to government accountability. As a mixed-race Filipina who grew up in Seattle and White Center, Shelby appreciates the power of community voice in accessing bureaucracy and challenging the status quo. Prior to joining OLEO, Shelby led transit community engagement processes at King County Metro and designed science education programs at Woodland Park Zoo. Shelby is a graduate of the University of Washington and is currently earning their MPA at the Evans School.
The Community Engagement Manager leads efforts to expand awareness and increase community input that informs OLEO’s work and recommendations. OLEO’s engagement seeks to advance equity and social justice, build trusting relationships with the community, and provide inclusive and meaningful ways for all people served by the Sheriff’s Office to influence decisions that impact them.

Andrew Repanich, Investigations Monitor

Andrew joins OLEO after spending 17 years in public defense. He spent almost 12 years as a defense investigator and over 5 years as a criminal defense attorney for King County Department of Public Defense - Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (KCDPD-SCRAP). Andrew has also worked in New York (the Bronx and Brooklyn) as a defense investigator for the Bronx Defenders and The Federal Defenders. Andrew is a graduate of Seattle University Law School, class of 2012. While in law school he was awarded a Non-profit fellowship grant and was a member of the Criminal Justice Society. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at Western Washington University.

The Investigations Monitor provides programmatic and investigative leadership within OLEO’s monitoring of the Sheriff’s Office Internal Investigation Unit work. The Investigations Monitor provides expertise and recommendations that improves the quality of investigations related to allegations of misconduct by Sheriff’s Office personnel as it relates to how complaints are classified, helping ensure investigations are thorough, objective, and timely, and providing the Sheriff’s Office with proposed findings of investigations. 

Katy Kirschner, Senior Policy Analyst

Katy has expertise in conducting objective systemic reviews of policies and practices and in making recommendations for equitable policy changes. She has employed these practices in positions with the both the Department of Defense and the University of Washington. Katy was born and raised in King County, where she also worked as a researcher and case manager. As a researcher, she collaborated with the Seattle Police Department, Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, and Seattle Neighborhood Group to create strategies to engage the community and advocate for youth in the Rainier Beach neighborhood. Katy is a graduate of the University of Washington and obtained her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. 
The Senior Policy Analyst provides programmatic and strategic leadership in policy review, including identifying Sheriff’s Office policies that can be strengthened to better align law enforcement services with community expectations, and making recommendations for systemic improvements of the Sheriff’s Office. The Senior Policy Analyst also conducts analysis of practices relating to law enforcement uses of force which enables OLEO to provide effective and timely review of community concerns of critical use of force incidents and investigations. 

David Underwood, Investigations Analyst

David joins OLEO as an investigation’s analyst. He received his B.S. in Psychology from Utah State University. Shortly after graduating, he took on a role as an Intensive Outpatient Case Manager for a community mental health facility. David then transitioned to investigations by accepting a position at the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, where he worked as an investigator of allegations of child abuse and neglect.

The Investigations Analyst supports OLEO’s monitoring of the Sheriff’s Office Internal Investigation Unit work. The Investigations Monitor provides expertise and recommendations that improves the quality of investigations related to allegations of misconduct by Sheriff’s Office personnel as it relates to how complaints are classified, helping ensure investigations are thorough, objective, and timely, and providing the Sheriff’s Office with proposed findings of investigations. 

Megan (Thal) Kraft, Policy Analyst

Megan joins OLEO after spending 13 years working in community mental health for two non-profit organizations in the Seattle area – Community Psychiatric Clinic and Sound. She spent the first 10 years in both residential and outpatient settings, providing direct service as a mental health case manager to the area’s most vulnerable and marginalized populations. Within the last 3 years, she transitioned to a more administrative role, with a focus on quality improvement and compliance in behavioral health. Born and raised in Arizona, she double majored in both Criminal Justice and Criminology and Psychology at Arizona State University. In 2019, she received a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Seattle University with a specialization in Victimology. 

The Policy Analyst researches, analyzes, and makes recommendations for improvement of policies relating to public safety, police practices, and the criminal justice system. The Policy Analyst also contributes to other OLEO program areas as well.

Liz Dop, Office Manager

Liz joined OLEO after serving as a legislative secretary for the King County Hearing Examiner’s Office. In that role she handled a significant workload that included supporting public hearings, data management duties, as well as acting as a liaison between staff and the public. She has a strong interest in the work of OLEO and a passion for equity and social justice issues. She is also bilingual, speaking English and Vietnamese. Prior to working at King County, Liz provided executive support to the Vice President of Job Training and Education at Seattle Goodwill Industries (where she was employee of the year in 2015), as well as working as a program specialist at a non-profit organization called LifeWire whose mission was to end domestic violence. Liz was born and raised in Seattle and holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Washington.

The Office Manager develops operational best practices, tools, and standards that enables OLEO to perform its duties. Additionally, the Office Manager leads daily coordination of OLEO business support services, leads the management of records, and serves as liaison with other departments and the public to ensure efficiency across OLEO teams to help achieve work priorities. The Office Manager also provides data management in support of OLEO's monitoring of the Sheriff's Office's Internal Investigations Unit work, and general administrative support for all staff.

Special Projects Staff (Consultants, Strategists, Interns) 

An array of other staff join OLEO on special projects on an interim basis as project managers, analysts, researchers, records specialists, legal or labor negotiation counsel, law enforcement systemic issue and policy experts, public affairs and engagement practitioners, and interns. Working with term-limited staff allows OLEO to expand capacity to address unique or emerging needs through partnering with subject matter experts in specialized areas of practice.