Update on Edmonds

The Diversity Commission is excited and fortunate to welcome its newest members, Sekou Koné and Nikki Okimoto Glaros, who earlier this year joined this nine-member volunteer, advisory body. They are a valuable addition to the Commission’s mission of supporting the City of Edmonds and community in all areas of equity and diversity. Here is a little about them in their own words:

Sekou2018Sekou Koné is a first-generation immigrant from Côte dIvoire (Ivory Coast), in West Africa. He immigrated to New York City in 1994 and moved to Seattle in 1997 where he met and married Alicia. Sekou became a U.S. citizen in 2003. He is a licensed nurse, and in the U.S. his career focus has been in healthcare.

Sekou maintains strong ties to Abidjan, CI, where many of his family members still reside. Over the years, as an expatriate, he has invested in the development of affordable housing and micro-enterprising lending to try to help improve the poorer neighborhoods where he grew up.

Sekou is fluent in French, English, and Mandingo. In his free time, he enjoys running and traveling with his beautiful wife and sons.

Sekous life is particularly impacted by COVID-19 because his full-time job is working as a nurse in a skilled care facility. He is on the front lines taking care of the elderly and people rehabilitating from the hospital. He is working extra hard to take care of his patients and getting used to having his own temperature taken throughout the day.

“I am looking forward to serving on the Edmonds Diversity Commission to help bring a more diverse perspective to our community. I want my children and future grandchildren to be a part of this community."

nikkiheadshotNikki Okimoto Glaros is a mom to two children in the Edmonds School District. She has served on the board of Pacific Little League as the VP of Softball for five years and is a volunteer Producer with Madrona Children's Theater. Nikki also serves on the Edmonds Center for the Arts’ Inclusion & Accessibility Committee.

In her spare time she enjoys traveling with her family, knitting, and shopping local in Edmonds. She is excited to serve her adopted hometown of Edmonds as a member of the Diversity Commission. 

"I've seen Edmonds grow and change quite a bit in the 10 years that I've lived here. We are at an important juncture in the history of Edmonds, as well as the history of our country. I think we have a unique opportunity as community members to help shape the future of Edmonds as a vibrant, diverse and welcoming place for all."

Photo credit: Megan Hooks Photography

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