Skip to main content

Boards & Commissions

/ Boards & Commissions
Photo Credit: OZinOH

Current openings

Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee seeks new members

The Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee is accepting applications for new members to help make walking and biking to school in Seattle safer and easier. The volunteer board, which was created by the Seattle City Council in 1975 to improve traffic safety for all of Seattle's school children, advises the Mayor and City Council with respect to school traffic safety, including adult crossing guard locations, school traffic signs and signals, school safety patrols, bicycle facilities, sidewalks and student traffic safety education.

Board members serve a three-year term, with an opportunity to serve a second term. Members must be Seattle residents and may not be City employees. The board meets the fourth Friday of each month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. typically at Seattle Public Schools headquarters with occasional field meetings at school sites or school crossings. Ideal committee members may include parents of school children, frequent walkers and bikers, people interested in pedestrian or bicycle encouragement and those with expertise in public health or child injury prevention.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the City's boards and commissions. Women, young persons, seniors, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color and immigrants are encouraged to apply.

Interested Seattleites should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest via email by 5 p.m. on January 29, 2017, to Serena Lehman at serena.lehman@seattle.gov. For more information or questions, call Serena Lehman at (206) 684-7577 or send an e-mail to the address above.


Hydrologist or similar professional sought for Seattle Urban Forestry Commission

The Seattle Urban Forestry Commission is looking for a new member to fill Position # 4 (hydrologist or similar professional). A hydrologist or similar professional, preferably with expertise in the study of natural drainage, climate or air quality, or a combination thereof is preferred. The term would start upon confirmation by City Council and would extend through December 1, 2019. This position is appointed by the Mayor, and confirmed by City Council, for a renewable, three-year term.

The ten-member UFC consists of a wildlife biologist; an urban ecologist; a representative of a local, state, or federal natural resource agency or an accredited university; a hydrologist; a certified arborist; a representative of a non-profit or non-governmental organization; a representative of the development community or a representative from a non-city utility; a landscape architect, an economist, financial analyst, or Washington State license real estate broker; and a Get Engaged young adult.

The City of Seattle set the bold goal of achieving 30 percent tree canopy cover by 2037 to increase the environmental, social, and economic benefits trees bring to Seattle residents. The Seattle Urban Forest Stewardship Plan (UFSP) is a comprehensive strategy for increasing Seattle’s tree canopy cover to meet the 30 percent target. The UFSP lays out goals and a broad range of actions to be implemented over time to preserve, maintain, and plant trees as well as restore the public forested areas remaining in the city. More information about Seattle's urban forest program can be found at http://www.seattle.gov/trees/management.htm

The Urban Forestry Commission was established in 2009 by Ordinance 123052 to advise the Mayor and City Council concerning the establishment of policy and regulations governing the protection, management, and conservation of trees and vegetation in the City of Seattle. Commission meetings are held twice a month on the first and second Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Commission members generally must commit approximately 10 hours per month to Commission business and serve without compensation. Additional information about the Urban Forestry Commission can be found at http://www.seattle.gov/trees/UFcommission.htm

Applications are due February 15, 2017.

To be considered, please send a letter of interest and resume to Sandra Pinto de Bader (Sandrant.Pio_de_Bader@seattle.gov). To send a paper submittal, address it to: Sandra Pinto de Bader, Urban Forestry Commission Liaison, Urban Forestry Commission, Office of Sustainability and Environment, City of Seattle, 700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1868. PO Box 94729, Seattle, WA 98124-4729.

For more information, please contact Sandra Pinto de Bader, Urban Forestry Commission Liaison, at (206) 684-3194 or via email at Sandra.Pinto_de_Bader@seattle.gov


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
Chair

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
Director

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
Supervisor

LGBTQ 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
Director