Skip to main content

Boards & Commissions

/ Boards & Commissions
Photo Credit: OZinOH

Current openings

Immigrant and Refugee Commission seeks New Members

SEATTLE (July 14, 2016) – The City of Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission is looking for qualified and committed candidates to fill two vacancies. Commissioners must be committed to spending a minimum of 10 hours per month to commission work, including monthly commission meetings, and to actively participating in at least one committee. Serving on the commission is an unpaid volunteer position.
Immigrant and Refugee Commission Duties

  • Advising the mayor, city council, and city departments and offices on ways to enhance and improve access to city services and resources for immigrants and refugees, as well as strengthening opportunities for immigrants and refugees to participate in civic life.
  • Encouraging dialogue and understanding between and among the various immigrant and refugee communities and the larger Seattle community and advocating on their behalf.
  • Helping to provide outreach and community feedback to the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.

The Commission has fifteen members reflecting the diversity of Seattle’s immigrant and refugee communities. Commission members are appointed to two-year terms, with the option of reappointment for two more terms.
The Immigrant and Refugee Commission was established in 2008 by Ordinance 122441 as a result of Seattle's 2007 Immigrant and Refugee Report and Action Plan.  
Commission Role
Generally, City of Seattle commissions serve as a link between the public and city government. The information and advice that commissions provide about community needs, concerns, and opinions can have a profound impact on city policies and lead to improved services for all residents. Commissions are expected to:

  • Gather community opinions, attitudes, and needs and synthesize them for departments, city council, or the mayor.
  • Study programs and services and analyze problems and needs.
  • Offer written recommendations for changes to programs, policies, or standards.
  • Provide the public with information about city policies, programs, and budgets.

Commissions are most effective when they engage members of the public, outside experts, and individuals within city government to develop timely, relevant, well-researched, thoughtfully analyzed recommendations and reports on issues of importance.
Applications will be accepted through August 1, 2016. Please send your resume, cover letter, two references, and a short bio about yourself to Maha Jahshan at For questions, please call 206.615.0195 or check out the commission’s website:


Candidate sought for City Light Review Panel

Mayor Murray is currently seeking a candidate to serve on the Seattle City Light Review Panel. The Review Panel, established in 2010, plays an important role in providing input and engagement of City Light ratepayers in the development and review of the utility’s biennial update to the 6 year Strategic Business Plan. The Review Panel is also tasked with reviewing electricity rate changes, assessing City Light’s electricity rate design and considering implementation of cost allocation among customer classes.

The current vacant panel position is designated for a representative from among the advocates for City Light’s low income customers, preferably with experience navigating City government and knowledge of the electricity industry.

For more details regarding the Review Panel participation, including the time commitment to attend regular, sometimes monthly meetings, please visit this link:

This position is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council to serve renewable three-year term. Qualified candidates will be screened and forwarded to the Mayor’s Office for consideration. To be considered for appointment by the Mayor to the Seattle City Light Review Panel, please send a letter of interest and resume by Friday, July 22, 2016 to:

Ellen Javines c/o Seattle City Light
700 Fifth Avenue
Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98104

…or by email at

The City is committed to promoting diversity in the City's boards and commissions. Persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, and sexual minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Commissioners must reside in Seattle and serve without compensation.

45 Boards & Commissions

Arboretum and Botanical Garden Committee

Rachel Acosta
Board Coordinator

Arts Commission, Seattle

Elisheba Johnson
Commission Liaison

Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board

Heather McAuliffe
Staff Liaison

Bicycle Advisory Board, Seattle

Emily Ehlers
Staff Liaison

City Neighborhood Council

Laine Ross

Civil Service Commission

Jennifer A. Greenlee

Community Police Commission

Fé Lopez
Executive Director

Community Technology Advisory Board

David Keyes
Staff Liaison

Construction Codes Advisory Board

Maureen Traxler
Staff Liaison

Design Commission, Seattle

Michael Jenkins

Design Review Board

Lisa Rutzick
Program Manager

Ethics and Elections Commission

Wayne Barnett
Executive Director

Fire Code Advisory Board

Karen Grove
Staff Liaison

Freight Advisory Board

Chris Eaves
Staff Liaison

Housing Levy Oversight Committee

Maureen Kostyack
Staff Liaison

Human Rights Commission, Seattle

Marta Idowu
Staff Liaison

Immigrant and Refugee Commission

Maha Jahshan
Language Access Program & Policy Specialist

Landmarks Preservation Board

KAren Gordon

LGBT Commission, Seattle

Yunuen (Yuni) Castorena
Staff Liaison

Library Board of Trustees

Amy Lawson
Staff Liaison

Music Commission, Seattle

Mikhael Mei Williams
Commission Liaison

Parks Commissioners, Board of

Rachel Acosta
Board Coordinator

Park District Oversight Committee

Shanyanika Burton
Staff Analyst

Pedestrian Advisory Board, Seattle

Howard Wu
Staff Liaison

People with DisAbilities, Commission for

Marta Idowu
Staff Liaison

Pike Place Market Historical Commission

Heather McAuliffe
Staff Liaison

Pioneer Square Preservation Board

Genna Nashem
Staff Liaison

Planning Commission, Seattle

Vanessa Murdock
Executive Director

Professional Accountability, Office of

Pierce Murphy
Civilian Director

Sister Cities Council

Mike Peters
Staff Liaison

Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission

Scott Powell
Staff Liaison

Solid Waste Advisory Committee

Sheryl Shapiro
Program Manager

Urban Forestry Commission

Sandra Pinto de Bader
Staff Liaison

Water Systems Advisory Committee

Sheryl Shapiro
Program Manager

Women's Commission, Seattle

Yunuen (Yuni) Castorena
Staff Liaison

Youth Commission, Seattle

Kathy Nyland