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2020 MLK Event
A BIG THANK YOU from the Diversity Commission
to Thomas Jefferson HS BSU, Zari Warden, Jamarkus Springfield, Happy Dance Studio,
Washington Diamonds Drill Team, Milo Cavic, Mayor Ferrell, Dr. Campbell for your support and participation!

The Diversity Commission advises the City Council on policy matters involving the community’s cultural and ethnic differences, ensuring that these differences are considered in the decision-making process. Read the Commission’s 2018-2019 Work Plan. It is our aim to help Federal Way in becoming a community which is united amidst diversity, where each individual is respected, equally valued, equally needed and equally cherished. Equality is not sameness, it is equivalent value.


To advise City government to ensure Federal Way is a community that is united amidst diversity, where everyone is equally respected, valued, needed, and cherished.  Equality is not sameness; it is equivalent value.


The Diversity Commission is dedicated to helping Federal Way become a city where all people have a feeling of belonging and sharing community, where there is equal access to information and resources for all, and where there are equal opportunities for all.


  • Gregory Baruso, Chair
  • Ali Hajheidari
  • Julian Franco, Vice Chair
  • Nichelle Curtis-McQueen
  • Larissa Lincoln
  • Trenise Rogers
  • Voting (position open)
  • Voting (position open)
  • Voting (position open)
  • Alternate (position open)



Jury Diversity Committee

One of the ways we want to educate the community on jury service is by publishing articles through the newspaper. Our goal is to publish a three-part series that focuses on the history of racial disparities in jury service participation, the overall importance of jury service, and exploring solutions to the racial disparities in jury service participation. 

Here is a link to the first of a three-part Op-Ed series featured in the Federal Way Mirror http://www.federalwaymirror.com/opinion/overcoming-the-disparities-in-jury-selection/ 

Part 1 provides a historical perspective and focuses on racial disparities in jury service participation. 

Part 2  http://www.federalwaymirror.com/opinion/the-importance-of-participating-in-jury-service/

Stay tuned for Part 3.

2019 MLK Jr. Celebration
at the Performing Arts & Event Center 1/21/19




Sarah Bridgeford
Community Services Manager

Jeri-Lynn Clark
Executive Assistant

Rep. Roger Freeman Memorial Award




Roger Freeman’s life embodied a life of unselfishness and kindness especially when it came to the youth of our City and Region.

There are four (4) outstanding characteristics that Mr. Freeman will be remembered for:

  • Justice – Advocating for those that lack the means to help themselves

  • Diversity – Inclusion of all

  • Compassion – Humility and volunteerism; concern for others

  • Integrity – Truthful, honest, and reliable


► Video on remembering the life of Rep. Roger Freeman