Diversity Oversight Committee (DOC)

Mission

The Diversity Oversight Committee (DOC) was established by the Sound Transit Board of Directors on July 13, 2006. The mission of this advisory committee is to report to the CEO and on occasion the Board of Directors regarding Sound Transit's compliance with the guiding principles for employment and contracting established in Motion No. 17.

Members

The DOC is composed of members from throughout the Sound Transit District, and includes representatives from small business, trade and craft organizations, communities and community organizations in impacted neighborhoods, and other such interested parties as deemed appropriate by the CEO. Committee members are independent of Sound Transit, meaning they have no contracts with Sound Transit and no plan to compete for bid on Sound Transit contracts or subcontracts. The committee reflects the cultural and ethnic diversity of the communities in the Sound Transit District.

Current DOC Members:

  • Mark Martinez, Chair
  • Verlene Jones, Vice Chair
  • Pamela Banks
  • Lisa Bogardus
  • Daucey Brewington
  • Ollie A. Garrett
  • Peter Guzman
  • Patricia Paschal
  • Lyle Quasim
  • Judy Yu

Administration

The DOC is administered by Sound Transit's Office of Small Business Development and Labor Compliance.

Leslie Jones
Director - Office of Small Business Development and Labor Compliance
Sound Transit
401 S Jackson St.
Seattle, WA 98104
Leslie.Jones@soundtransit.org
206-398-5047

DOC members information

Mark Martinez (DOC Chair) is the Executive Secretary for Pierce County Buildings & Construction Trades Council, where he is responsible for representing the interests of the 22 affiliated union craft locals and 10,000 union construction workers in Pierce County, WA. Return to top »

Verlene Davis (DOC Vice Chair) is Executive Program Director of the Seattle Chapter A. Philip Randolph Institute, as well as a union member and activist. She is an original founding member of the DOC and has been an activist in the labor movement for over 30 years and remains on the forefront on social-political and economic issues. Return to top »

Pamela L. Banks is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle (ULMS). For more than 30 years, she has been a leading member in the city of Seattle and Greater Puget Sound Region. In 1982, she began a career with the City of Seattle that would span 30 years. Ms. Banks launched her career as a community organizer and would soon become a public relations manager in the Department of Housing and Human Services. Over the years, she's held multiple positions with increased responsibilities including strategic advisor in the Department of Transportation; program manager in the Department of Neighborhoods and senior policy advisor and community outreach director for Mayor Greg Nickels. As a longtime resident of Seattle's Central District, in tandem with working for the city, she continued personal and private outreach to African American and other communities of color. Ms. Banks has served on multiple boards which include the Rainier Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Seattle International Baseball League (as president for ten years) and is a founding board member of the Garfield High School Foundation. She currently sits on the board and executive committee for the Alliance for Education, Downtown Seattle Association, Washington Technology Industry Association and is President of her condominium association. In June of 2012, Ms. Banks became the second woman in the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle's 87-year history to hold the position of President and CEO. Return to top »

Lisa Bogardus currently serves as the Assistant Executive Secretary for the Seattle Building Trades. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the King County Economic Opportunity and Empowerment Advisory Board and as a board member for the Puget Sound Labor Agency. Lisa previously worked for the Port of Seattle as the Project Labor Agreement Manager. She worked with various Port of Seattle Partners including: Office of Social Responsibility, Contract Procurement Office, Project Management Group, and Engineering. Ms. Bogardus has also worked a practicing attorney in the State of Washington. She holds a J.D. degree from University of Oregon Law School: J.D. and a B.A. from State University of New York at Stony Brook. Return to top »

Daucey Brewington is Executive Director of the Two Rivers Community Development Corporation, a Native American, 501(c)(3) organization and is a Lumbee & Coharie Tribal member. He has been involved with government contracting and small businesses since creating his first company in 1986. Over the years his various companies have been certified 8a, HUB Zone, veteran owned, SDB, and SDVOSB. Mr. Brewington has served on Tribal Council and has assisted multiple tribes to enter and/or increase their participation in government contracting; particularly in helping Tribal Council understand SBA regulations covering 8a and HUB Zone certifications for tribal owned entities. He holds an MBA and is an Air Force veteran having graduated from the US Air Force Academy. Return to top »

Ollie A. Garrett is CEO and President of PMT Solutions, a full service receivables management firm located in Bellevue, WA which she established in November 2006. Ms. Garrett has been working in the collection industry since 1987 and has had years of exemplary experience as a national industry executive. She is 5th term President of Tabor 100, Co- Chair of the Office of Minority & Women Business Enterprises (OMWBE) Advisory Committee and Board Member of the Northwest Technology Initiative (NWTEI). In 2014 she was the recipient of the Women of Valor Award presented by Senator Cantwell. She is also a member of the City of Seattle Mayor's WMBE Advisory Committee, the Bellevue and Seattle Chambers of Commerce, the American Collectors Association and the Employment Security Advisory Council. Additionally she has been appointed to the Board of the Washington Economic Development Finance Authority (WEDFA), the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB), the King County Civil Rights Commission and the City of Seattle Labor Standards Advisory Commission. Return to top »

Peter Guzman (Immediate Past DOC Chair) is a policy associate of Workforce Education for Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges. He provides statewide policy leadership in economic development and labor markets. He was formerly Project Coordinator of the City of Tacoma's Local Employment and Apprenticeship Training Program (LEAP). He has more than 17 years of experience in directing job seekers to employment and training opportunities in the construction industry. He also serves on the WA State Apprenticeship Council Recruitment and Resources Committee, Tacoma-Pierce County Workforce Development Council, Youth Building Tacoma, and Tacoma Housing Authority HOPE VI Oversight Committee. Return to top »

Patricia Paschal is a retired independent computer systems consultant and a 32-year resident of Rainier Valley. As a founding board member she helped to create the RVCDF (Rainier Valley Community Development Fund) in 2002. Her many roles there included project director, where Ms. Paschal prepared and monitored budgets, recruited, directed and mentored staff, performed business analyses, designed and implemented automated systems, and developed policies and procedures for clients who are responsible for financial processing and management in both the public and private sectors. Together with community activist Eddie Rye Jr., Ms. Paschal serves as co-convener of CCO (Community Coalition for Contracts and Jobs) an umbrella organization dedicated to economic justice for African­ American businesses and workers. Ms. Paschal is a member and a former officer of ONA (Othello Neighborhood Association). Return to top »

Lyle Quasim was involved in civil rights activism as a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and in his home neighborhood, the West Side of Chicago, as a community organizer. After leaving the university, he joined the Air Force and served as an Air Force medic in Vietnam. After being discharged, Mr. Quasim began working in health services and social service policy for the state, federal, and county governments with the hope of bringing more attention to disparities caused by race, class, and gender. Mr. Quasim has co-chaired since its inception, a group of black community leaders in Tacoma that in 1970 became known as the Black Collective.

Mr. Quasim joined Washington State Department of Social and Health Services in 1973 eventually becoming Director of State Mental Health Services. When gang violence rose in Tacoma, he returned to the city in 1988 to serve as the first director of the Safe Streets Campaign, whose model of community engagement was recognized by Harvard University's Kennedy School of Public Affairs. In 1995 he returned to the agency to become its first African American Secretary (director), a position he held until 2000. From 2001 through 2008 he was Chief of Staff for Pierce County Executive, John Ladenburg. Return to top »

Judy Yu is an accomplished management professional with well-documented success developing and implementing internal and external communications programs, and executing event management and logistics. She has worked as President of AsiaNet Marketing Resources, as Director of Communications at Shoreline Community College and most recently as a Manager of the Race for the Cure, Puget Sound. Ms. Yu has served on Central Washington University's Board for 12 years, and is also a board member of Friends of Youth, Sister Schools, the Asian Management Business Association, the Magnolia Soccer Club and the Denise Louie Education Center. Return to top »