Diversity Commission

Welcome to the City of Edmonds Diversity Commission whose purpose is to promote an environment that accepts, celebrates, and appreciates diversity within the community. The nine-member volunteer advisory Commission is intended to:

  • Serve as a resource for City government and the community by providing information, education, and communication that facilitates a better understanding and celebrates our differences.
  • Provide recommendations to the Mayor and City Council that would identify opportunities to address diversity issues, promote diversity programs, and/or provide guidance to create a more accessible, safe, welcoming and inclusive government and community.
  • Assist the City of Edmonds in supporting and challenging all areas of government and the community to eliminate and prevent all forms of discrimination.

Commissioners are appointed for three-year terms.



NEW! Edmonds Diversity Commission Grants Program Application and Information

NEW! 2021-2022 Film Series: 

 2021-2022 Film Series

Visit our Diversity Film Series Page for more info:

2021-2022 Film Series


2021 Film Series


Downloadable Resources:

Resiliency Toolkit PDF

Simple Ways to Say "No"

Simple Ways to Set Boundaries


US Letter Flyer


SHARE YOUR STORY - The Edmonds Diversity Commission is actively connecting with our community through our "I am Edmonds" Facebook page to share stories, films, articles and more that celebrate our diversity in Edmonds and globally. Join us and share your story here: I am Edmonds

Diversity Film Series - FREE film screenings Stay tuned for more information on our Fall 2020-2021 Series.

Join us on our facebook page "I am Edmonds" to share your stories and inspiration with us.

Upcoming Regional Events Intended to Embrace Diversity and Encourage Inclusiveness are listed below. For arts & cultural events located in Edmonds please go to our events calendar


Social Justice Book Group meets at the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St., Edmonds on most 4th Thursday of the month. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Room.

Sno-Isle Regional Library, click here for information on events held throughout the Snohomish and Island County libraries.

Diversity Commission Info

Meeting schedule:
Regular Commission meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Until COVID-19-related restrictions are eased, meetings are held virtually via Zoom.

Next virtual meeting is Wednesday, November 3, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Zoom Meeting Link

Location (when physical meetings are held):
Brackett Conference Room
Third Floor
Edmonds City Hall
121 5th Avenue North
Edmonds, WA 98020


Molly Jay

[email protected]

Commission Coordinator
Community Services 

Dean Olson, Chair
Nikki Okimoto Glaros, Vice-Chair
Elaine Helm
Sekou Koné
Alberto Orejel Malfavon
Alison Alfonzo Pence
Gracelynn Shibayama
Ardeth Weed
Robert White
Caitlin Chung, Student Rep.

Ex Officio Commissioner:

Will Chen, City Councilmember

Community and Regional Resources

Resources to the Greater Puget Sound community and regional organizations that provide information and contacts on cultural and ethnic diversity, physical and developmental disabilities, civil and human rights information, LGBTQ, age related questions, and directory for public institutions.

City of Edmonds Diversity Commission - Racial Equity Toolkit

Calendar of Observances
The Diversity Commission promotes awareness of, and respect for, the full array of holidays, observances and festivals that are of cultural, ethnic and/or religious importance to residents in and around Edmonds. Click on this link to view a full Calendar of Observances for 2021.