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 2021-2022 Edmonds Youth Commissioners

Seat 1: Owen Lee (he/him/his)

Owen is in his fourth and final year on the Youth Commission, having been on it since formation. He is also in his final year at Edmonds Woodway High School, where he is the ASB Publicity Officer and a singer in the Mello Aires, the school jazz choir. He also sings with the Seattle Children's Chorus. Owen has been lucky enough to be a Teens In Public Service intern and, more recently, a member of the 2021 Bezos Scholars cohort. He is incredibly proud of his time on the commission, and excited to continue its work and growth.

Seat 2: Sydney Pearson (she/her/hers)

A senior 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, being a leader in LINK crew, being a part 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: Julie Andres (she/her/hers)

Julie is a junior at Edmonds Woodway High School who enjoys being an active member in her school community. In school, she participates in tennis, and involves herself in leadership roles such as LINK crew and NHS. Outside of school, Julie likes to spend her time outdoors, skiing, hiking, and hanging out with her friends. During quarantine she spent most hours drawing and painting and is proud to have her art submitted into the Arts in Action event. Julie is looking forward to working with others to create a positive impact for Edmonds youth!  

Seat 4: Brook Roberts (he/him/his)

Brook is currently pursuing his AA in Social Work from Shoreline Community College as a senior at Shorewood High School. At Shorewood, he serves as an ASB Senator and participates in the Chamber Orchestra as the Principal Violist. Outside of school, he enjoys participating in the Edmonds Marsh restoration events and cycling around town. He is incredibly grateful and gratified for the opportunity to serve on the youth commission. He plans on advocating for equity in all issues facing Edmonds’ youth—safe streets, protecting Edmonds' environment, equitable access to city resources, and municipal government education.

Seat 5: Sam Yi (he/him/his)

Sam is junior at King’s High School, where he participates in Speech & Debate, various clubs, and Associated Student Body as Junior Class President. Sam is new to Edmonds Youth Commission this year and is truly grateful and excited to serve with a fantastic group of people and get more involved with volunteer work in the Edmonds community. He hopes to make mental health resources more accessible and increase mental health awareness for local youth during his time on the commission. In his free time, he enjoys discovering restaurants in Edmonds, listening to music, and drinking a little bit too much boba tea.

Seat 6: Mariana Yenter (she/her/hers)

Mariana is a sophomore at Edmonds Woodway high school. She participates in sports and a variety of extracurricular activities that make her and the community better. Mariana joined the Edmonds Youth Commission to advocate for change and make a positive impact on the community of Edmonds.

Seat 7: Vacant 


Seat 8: Finn Paynich (they/them)

My name is Finn Paynich and I'm a senior at Edmonds Heights K-12. During my second year on the Edmonds Youth Commission, I hope to be a voice for the disabled community, LGBTQ+ people, and those struggling with houselessness. I also want to continue supporting diversity and equity throughout the city. In my free time, I enjoy musical theater, being in nature, and hanging out with my friends!

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

Brooke is a senior 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 three 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 also passionate about protecting and preserving Edmonds’ beautiful environment and promoting positive conversations about mental health. She is excited to serve a second year on the Youth Commission and is grateful for the opportunity to do so.

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

Audrey is a senior at King's High School. Outside of Edmonds Youth Commission, you can spot Audrey competing at her speech tournaments, researching educational policies and working with Voters Choose towards implementing a better civics education curriculum. She hopes to understand the factors that influence educational access in underprivileged communities in hope of one day working to shrink the educational disparities that exist in the world. Audrey loves to make spontaneous trips to her local coffee shops and watch capybara videos in her free time. 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 senior attending Shorewood High School, and is honored 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 on Zoom. 

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
E-mail: [email protected]

Shannon Burley (she/her/hers)
Deputy Parks Director
Telephone: (425) 771-0232
E-mail: [email protected]

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 via Zoom. 

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 

Seat 3: Julie Andres

Seat 4: Brook Roberts 

Seat 5: Sam Yi

Seat 6: Mariana Yenter

Seat 7: Vacant

Seat 8: Finn Paynich

Seat 9: Brooke Rinehimer

Seat 10 (alternate): Audrey Lim

Seat 11 (alternate): Aaron Nateephaisan