Contact Information
Maryjane Van Cleave
Renton, WA 98057

Department Overview

  • Bridge community and internal process on issues of equity in police and services.

  • Create and staff a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program.

  • Coordinate and staff the new Equity Commission.

  • Maximize opportunities created with HB 1590 funds to bolster efforts addressing root causes of housing insecurity and support the needs of vulnerable community members.

  • Work towards greater and more rapid progress in the community.

Equity Division

  • Technical support to Finance on applying the Renton equity lens to the selection of vendors and contractors.

  • Providing Renton equity lens workshops top all boards and commissions as requested by city council to enable use of the equity lens on recommendations to council.

  • Staff Mayor's Inclusion Task Force.

  • Establish and staff the Renton Equity Commission.

Housing Division

  • City housing programs and affordable housing partnerships.

  • Rental registration program.

  • Multi-family tax exemption program.

  • Housing action plan.

  • Promote and facilitate affordable housing and community development projects and initiatives that respond to Renton's needs.

  • Collaborative efforts extended across departments to further housing development goals.

Human Services

  • Provides information and referrals to resources and services through community partnerships to promote safety, wellness and security.

  • Promotes healthy homes through the Housing Repair program by providing free minor repairs to qualified, registered homeowners.

  • Fosters equity and dignity through Community Resource Events that provide social, emotional support for homeless, vulnerable, and marginalized residents in the city.

  • Maintains an 11-member Advisory Committee that recommends program funding and assistance in developing policies to provide human services to residents.

  • Assists during extreme weather through the Emergency Homeless Shelter.

  • Provides food through Sustainable Renton Free Grocery Store and Pop Up Lunch events with Emergency Feeding Program

  • Provides assistance to clothing, medicine, elderly and aging services.

Equity Commission

Equity Commission 

For more information contact Linda Moschetti-Newing via email.

Equity Commission Members 

Cassandra Baddeley, appointed January 1, 2023, term expires Dec. 31, 2025.
**Lisa Davis, appointed March 14, 2022, term expires Dec. 31, 2023.
*Nicole Hill, appointed March 14, 2022, term expires Dec. 31, 2024.
Manami Imaoka, appointed March 14, 2022, term expires Dec. 31, 2024.
Celina Kershner, appointed March 14, 2022, term expires Dec. 31, 2023.
Sarah Ballard appointed October 2, 2023, term expires Dec. 31, 2024.
Ashok Padhi, appointed January 1, 2022, term expires Dec. 31, 2025.
Vacant, appointed XXX, term expires December 31, 2025.
Gabriel Jones (18-25 years old), appointed August 14, 2023, term expires Dec. 31, 2025.

*2023 Commission Chair
**2023 Commission Vice Chair

Equity Commission Meeting Agenda 

  • September 12, 2023 Regular Meeting - Canceled
  • April 11, 2023 Regular Meeting - Canceled
  • February 14, 2023 Regular Meeting - Canceled

Equity Commission Meeting Minutes

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