Get Involved!

The City of Seattle has established several boards and commissions designed to give citizens a voice in their government. Serving on a board or commission is a great opportunity to provide input to Seattle's leaders on a vast array of issues. Over 400 of the positions on nearly 50 boards are appointed by Mayor Greg Nickels.

Board members and commissioners receive no financial compensation, but membership can provide you with a great opportunity to meet other people with similar interests and to help shape the future or your community!

If you are interested in serving on a board or commission, please submit a letter of interest and resume to Michael Gilmore, Boards & Commissions Administrator for Mayor Nickels. Michael can be reached by phone at 206-615-0048, or by email at In most cases, applicants must either reside or work in Seattle.

For a complete list of boards and commissions, please visit the following website:

The following boards and commissions have vacancies as of Oct. 30, 2007:

  • Arboretum & Botanical Garden Committee
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Fire Code Advisory Board
  • Mayor's Council on African American Elders
  • Seattle Planning Commission
  • Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board
  • Seattle Women's Commission

Additional information on these current vacancies:

Arboretum & Botanical Garden Committee
1 vacancy, submit letter of interest & resume by November 28th, 2007
The Arboretum and Botanical Garden Committee (ABGC) advises the University of Washington, City of Seattle and The Arboretum Foundation on the management and stewardship of the Washington Park Arboretum for the benefit of current and future generations.
Contact: Michael Gilmore, 615-0048,

Civil Service Commission
1 vacancy, submit letter of interest & resume by November 28th, 2007
The Commission is a three member, impartial, quasi-judicial body. The Mayor and the City Council each appoint a member to the Commission and the City's Civil Service employees elect a member. Each commissioner serves a three-year term. An Executive Director and an Administrative Staff Assistant support the Commission and manages operation of the Commission's office.
Contact: Michael Gilmore, 615-0048,

Fire Code Advisory Board
1 vacancy, Retail Business representative
Submit letter of interest & resume by November 28th, 2007

The Fire Code Advisory Board is a 15 member board.  All 15 are appointed by the Mayor and subject to confirmation by the City Council. Volunteers serve a three year term. The FCAB advises the City on proposed amendments related to the Fire Code and hears appeals related to interpretation and application of the Fire Code.  They also make recommendations to Fire Chief relating to such appeals.
Contact: Diane Hansen, 386-1451,

Mayor's Council on African American Elders
2 vacancies, submit letter of interest & resume by November 28th, 2007
The Mayor's Council on African American Elders (MCAAE) is a 12 member commission established in 1995, by former Mayor Norman B. Rice. The MCAAE mission is to improve the quality of life of isolated, frail, and low-income African American elders in Seattle by promoting accessible, high quality, culturally appropriate and comprehensive services. All positions are mayoral appointed, with terms lasting two or three years.
Contact: Karen Winston, 684-0706,

Seattle Planning Commission
1 vacancy, submit letter of interest & resume by November 16th, 2007
The 16-member commission advises city officials on citywide planning goals, policies and plans. The commission periodically conducts public involvement efforts to solicit public comment and provides formal and informal comment and recommendations on city policies and plans. The commission is seeking candidates with skills and experience in land use law, civil engineering and environmental planning, urban planning and development experience.
Contact: Barbara Wilson, 684-0431,

Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board
1 vacancy, submit letter of interest & resume by November 22nd, 2007
The Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board is a 12 member board. Board members advise city staff and departments on issues related to pedestrian safety and accessibility. These include policies and plans affecting the pedestrian environment, and ongoing input on projects throughout the city which could potentially change that pedestrian environment. SPAB also provides input on annual decisions about budget priorities, and targets specific issues of interest to board members.
Contact: Jim Curtin, 684-7046,

Seattle Women's Commission
2 vacancies, submit letter of interest & resume by November 28th, 2007.
The Women's Commission is a 21 member commission, appointed by the Mayor, City Council, and the commission itself. The Seattle Women's Commission advises the mayor, City Council and city departments on issues that impact women in Seattle. The commission identifies areas of concern and recommends policy and legislation, provides feedback and opinion on issues of city and state budget, and acts as a liaison between Seattle women and City government.
Contact: Felicia Yearwood-Murrell, 684-8262,

Thank you for your interest in volunteer opportunities with the City of Seattle.  If you have any questions, please contact Michael Gilmore in the Mayor's Office at 615-0048, or contact the city staff listed above.

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