Youth Commission


City of Edmonds Youth Commission is a youth-led commission whose mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance the quality of life for Edmonds youth by advising City Council and the public on issues relating to youth policies, programs, and opportunities.

Members shall be appointed to a term of two (2) years beginning October 1st and ending September 30th. Graduating seniors will be appreciated as they leave the commission in June, and new appointments will be made for those vacant positions the following October. Application and reference forms will be available at the start of September.

To be eligible to serve on the commission you need to live within the City of Edmonds city limits. Candidates must be entering grades 9 through 12, or be of equivalent age if not enrolled in a traditional school program.


Get to know the 2020-2021 Edmonds Youth Commissioners

Seat 1: Owen Lee (he/him/his)
Owen is a junior at Edmonds-Woodway High School and is now in his third year on the commission. At school, he is the ASB Publicity Officer and a member of Earth Service Corps and Mello Aires, the Edmonds Woodway jazz choir. Outside of school, he is a member of the Seattle Children’s Chorus and enjoys playing with his cat and volunteering at the Seattle Aquarium. Owen is very grateful for this opportunity and excited to make a difference in our community.

Seat 2: Sydney Pearson (she/her/hers)
A junior at Edmonds-Woodway High School, Sydney takes part in various school activities including playing piano and tenor saxophone in Jazz Band, flute in Wind Symphony, serving as the Junior Class ASB Vice President, being a leader in LINK crew, being apart of NHS, and more. She is on the Edmonds Mountain Bike Team and greatly enjoys skiing when not busy with homework; she also tries to find time to participate in musical theater, whether it be through the school or the community. Excited and thankful, Sydney is so glad that she has the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful group and is ready to help make a positive impact for her community.

Seat 3: Hunter DeLeon (he/him/his)
Hunter is a senior at Edmonds Woodway High School. He is extremely excited to be a member of the Youth Commission having lived in Edmonds for 17 years, and is ready to give back to the community. At Edmonds Woodway, Hunter plays principle trumpet in the Wind Symphony, as well as playing French Horn in the orchestra, and trumpet and bass for the jazz program. Hunter spends a lot of his time volunteering for groups such as Washington Kids In Transition, and Seafair. When not working with Kids in Transition, or Seafair, Hunter is often helping around Edmonds, whether helping with the Taste of Edmonds, Holiday Market, or other beloved Edmonds traditions.

Seat 4: Brook Roberts (he/him/his)
Brook is a junior at Shorewood High School. At Shorewood, he is involved in the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Neuroscience Club, as well as the Chamber Ensemble. Additionally. In his goal to help make a difference in the community and improve the well-being of others, he volunteers at the Swedish Hospital, Annie’s Community Kitchen, and tutors at local elementary and middle schools. Outside of academics and volunteering, he enjoys reading, playing the Viola, and exploring the Pacific Northwest by means of cycling and hiking. Brook is both gratified and grateful for this opportunity to represent the youth of Edmonds and plans on advocating for mental health resources, action related to combatting climate change, as well as solutions to address the inequities in Edmonds.

Seat 5: Grace Kamila (she/her/hers)
Grace is a senior attending Shorewood High School. She has lived in Edmonds for the past 16 years and is excited to give back to the community. At Shorewood, she is a Senior Class Officer, Captain of the Girls' Varsity Soccer Team, and involved in Student Council, LINK, NHS, and the Varsity Track & Field Team. Outside of school, she loves to play piano, lift at the gym, and spend time with her younger sister, Lily. Grace is extremely grateful for this opportunity and excited to make positive changes in the community.

Seat 6: Jacob Sawyer (he/him/his)
Jacob is a senior at Edmonds-Woodway High School. He is ecstatic to be a member of the Youth Commission having lived in Edmonds his entire life and wants to be more involved in building a better future for the town he calls home. At school, he is a devoted member of the EWHS Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble as well as the Vice President of the EWHS Speech & Debate Club. Some of his other interests are astronomy, science fiction/futurism, and engineering. During his time as a member of the Edmonds Youth Commission, he wants to push for the greater adoption of renewable energy, sustainability, and energy-saving technologies by the City of Edmonds.

Seat 7: Vacant

Seat 8: Finn Paynich (they/them)
Hi, my name is Finn Paynich and I’m a junior at Edmonds Heights K-12. I joined the Youth Commission to be a voice for the disabled community, LGBTQ+ people, and those with mental illness. I also want to focus on the climate crisis and the right to choose. When I’m not protesting or quarantining, I enjoy musical theater, being in nature, and hanging out with my friends.

Seat 9: Brooke Rinehimer (she/her/hers)

Brooke is a junior at Mountlake Terrace High School, where she is enrolled in the STEM honors program. At school, she has participated in competitive robotics and has been a leader and member of the varsity girl’s golf team for the past two years. Brooke is a member of the National Honor Society and enjoys sewing, reading, and doing logic puzzles in her spare time. Brooke is passionate about making sure Edmonds’ youth, especially historically underrepresented groups such as girls and minorities, have access and exposure to STEM-related activities and education. She is excited to serve on the Youth Commission and grateful for the opportunity to do so.

Seat 10 (alternate): Audrey Lim (she/her/hers)

Audrey is a junior at King's High School. Outside of Edmonds Youth Commission, you can spot Audrey competing at her speech tournaments, organizing Policython, and working with Voters Choose towards implementing a mandatory civics education program. She is extremely passionate about youth civics engagement and social justice work. In Audrey's free time, she loves to make spontaneous trips to her local coffee shops and enjoy the most overpriced coffee. Audrey is grateful to be selected as one of the representatives at Edmonds Youth Commission and plans on serving as an active, avid, and attentive member.

Seat 11 (alternate): Aaron Nateephaisan (he/him/his)
Aaron is currently a junior attending Shorewood High School, and is honored and stoked to serve the youth of Edmonds on the Edmonds Youth Commission. He plans on advocating for plans to address inequities in Edmonds and for programs that benefit the underserved Highway 99 corridor. At Shorewood, he is an ASB Representative, an officer for Neuroscience Club, and is involved in the National Honor Society and Science Olympiad chapters. In his free time, his passions include performing on the piano and discovering the hidden gems of Edmonds. In this position, he hopes to enhance the life of the underserved youth population in Edmonds.


Meeting Information:

The commission meets September through June from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Frances Anderson Building (700 Main Street, Edmonds 98020) in Room 123 or on Zoom, see agenda for location details. 

Special meetings and retreats may be held during July and August as needed, as determined by the youth commissioners.

(Meetings are subject to change.)

Youth Commission Info

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Youth Commission

Contact Information:

Casey Colley (she/her/hers)
Youth Commission Coordinator
Telephone: (425) 275-4751

Shannon Burley (she/her/hers)
Deputy Parks Director
Telephone: (425) 771-0232

700 Main Street
Edmonds WA 98020

Meeting Information:

The commission meets September through June from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month virtually via Zoom.

700 Main Street, Edmonds 98020.

Special meetings and retreats may be held during July and August as needed, as determined by the youth commissioners.

(Meetings are subject to change.)

Commission Members:

Seat 1: Owen Lee (Chair)

Seat 2: Sydney Pearson (Treasurer)

Seat 3: Hunter DeLeon

Seat 4: Brook Roberts (Secretary)

Seat 5: Grace Kamila

Seat 6: Jacob Sawyer (Co-Chair)

Seat 7: Vacant

Seat 8: Finn Paynich

Seat 9: Brooke Rinehimer

Seat 10: Audrey Lim -Alternate

Seat 11: Aaron Nateephaisan -Alternate