Boards and Commissions

The Mayor and City Council appoint residents of Seattle to over 50 boards and commissions. Over 300 of the people who serve are directly appointed by the Mayor.

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

Current openings

Members sought for Seattle's Design Review Board

Mayor Murray is looking for qualified candidates to fill nine upcoming openings on the City of Seattle’s Design Review Boards. The volunteer positions will be available April 4, 2015, when retiring board members’ terms expire.

Ideal candidates are professionals in the design and development fields who have proven skills and established careers. We are also seeking community and business leaders with an interest in shaping new development in their neighborhoods anda passion for keeping Seattle a great place to live, work and play.

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Candidates Sought for Housing Levy Oversight Committee

Mayor Murray is seeking three candidates for the Housing Levy Oversight Committee. The Oversight Committee is responsible for monitoring implementation of the 2009 Seattle Housing Levy and reporting to the Mayor and City Council on the progress of Levy programs. The Oversight Committee makes recommendations to the Mayor and Council regarding policies that govern the use of Levy funds, but does not participate in fund allocation.

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Hydrologist or similar professional sought for Seattle Urban Forestry Commission

The Mayor and City Council are looking for a new Urban Forestry Commission member to fill position #4, meant for a 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 starts December 1, 2014 and extends through December 1, 2017. This position is appointed by the Mayor, and confirmed by City Council, for a renewable three-year term.

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Seeking three representatives for Construction Codes Advisory Board

Mayor Murray is seeking candidates for three vacant positions on Seattle's Construction Codes Advisory Board. The current open positions are for representatives of the following professions or categories:

  • Electrical Contractors
  • Developers or Contractors of Residential Properties'
  • General Public

The Board is a 13-member body that works together to research, analyze, and make recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, and the Department of Planning and Development on the technical codes affecting buildings in Seattle.

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New commissioner sought for Seattle Design Commission

Mayor Murray is looking for a new Architect member of the Seattle Design Commission to fill an upcoming vacancy. The term will begin in March 2015.

Design Commission members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council for up to 2 two-year terms. The 10-member commission is made up of architects, artists, urban designers, environmental designers, urban planners, landscape architects, engineers, members-at-large, and one member from Get Engaged, the YMCA Young Civic Leaders Program.

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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.
Office location:
Seattle Park Headquarters
100 Dexter Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

Arts Commission

206-684-4185 | Elisheba.Johnson@seattle.gov | Elisheba Johnson, Commission Liaison
The Seattle Arts Commission is an advisory board that supports the Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture and advises the Mayor and City Council on arts and cultural policy. They serve as advocates to develop policy and planning recommendations, review all arts funding programs, and increase public awareness of arts and cultural activities throughout Seattle.
Office location:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue
Suite 4080
Seattle, WA 98124

Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board

206-684-0229 | Heather McAuliffe, Staff Liaison
Since 1970, Seattle has established seven historic districts: Ballard Avenue; Columbia City; Fort Lawton; Harvard-Belmont; International District; Pike Place Market; and Pioneer Square. The appearance and historical integrity of structures and public spaces within each district are regulated by a citizens board and/or the Landmarks Preservation Board in accordance with processes and criteria established by City ordinance.
Office location:
Seattle Municipal
700 5th Avenue
Suite 1700
Seattle, WA 98124
206-684-5066 | rachel.acosta@seattle.gov | Rachel Acosta, Staff Liaison
The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners is a volunteer advisory board established by ordinance. The Board consults with and makes recommendations to City Council, the Mayor, and the Superintendent regarding the Parks and Recreation Department's policies for the planning, development and use of the City's park and recreation facilities.
Office location:
Seattle Park Headquarters
100 Dexter Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

Bridging the Gap Oversight Committee

206-386-1096 | Krista.Bunch@Seattle.gov | Krista Bunch, Staff Liaison
The Bridging the Gap Levy Oversight Committee serves as a vital mechanism of accountability on how BTG revenues are spent on transportation maintenance and improvements. The Oversight Committee is an advisory body that monitors revenues, expenditures, and program and project implementation.
The Citizens’ Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board (CTTAB) helps guide the digital future for the City of Seattle.
Mailing Address:
Suite 2700, P.O. Box 94709
Seattle, WA 98124-4709

City Neighborhood Council

206-684-0464 | lainerossmail@gmail.com | Laine Ross, Chair
The City Neighborhood Council (CNC) is a citizen-led advisory group, comprised of elected members from each of the City’s 13 Districts, organized under the authority of Seattle City Council.
Office location:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue
Suite 1700
Seattle, WA 98124

Civil Service Commission

(206) 233-7807 | CSC@seattle.gov | Jennifer A. Greenlee
The Commission is a three member, impartial, quasi-judicial body.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 Fifth Avenue
Suite 1670
Seattle, WA 98124
Seattle Municipal Tower
PO Box 94729
Seattle, WA 98124-4729

Community Police Commission

206-233-2664 | OCPC@seattle.gov | Executive Director Fé Lopez
Mandated under a memorandum of understanding between the City and the U.S. Department of Justice to ensure bias-free policing and address the past use of excessive force.
Mailing Address:
PO Box 94765
Seattle, WA 98124-7065

Construction Codes Advisory Board

206-233-3892 | maureen.traxler@seattle.gov | Maureen Traxler, Staff Liaison
The Construction Code Advisory Board (CCAB) provides technical advice to the Department of Planning and Development through review of proposed code and rule changes. Additionally, if an applicant wishes to appeal a department decision, members of the Board serve as an appeals panel and act as an impartial ear to hear both sides.
Office location:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue
Suite 2240
Seattle, WA 98124

Design Review Board

206- 615-1392 | bruce.rips@Seattle.gov | Bruce Rips, Staff Liaison
The Design Review Board assists the Department of Planning and Development in evaluation of projects subject to Design Review based upon the City's design guidelines. The program provides a forum for citizens, developers and the City to review and guide the design of qualifying commercial and multifamily development projects.

Ethics and Elections Commission

206-684-8500 | Wayne Barnett, Executive Director
The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission (SEEC) helps foster public confidence in the integrity of Seattle City government by providing education, training, and enforcement of the City's Code of Ethics and Whistle blower Code. SEEC also promotes informed elections through education, training, and enforcement of the City's Elections Code and Election Pamphlet Code.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave
Suite 4010
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PO Box 94729
Seattle, WA 98124-4729
The Office for Education administers the Seattle Families and Education Levy in pursuit of three goals: All of Seattle's youth enter kindergarten prepared to succeed, achieve academically as students, and graduate from high school prepared for college or career. In addition OFE also manages multiple programs that include the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, Seattle Preschool Program, and Read & Rise.
Office location:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue
1700
Seattle, WA 98124

Fire Code Advisory Board

206-386-1451 | karen.grove@seattle.gov | Karen Grove, Staff Liaison
The Fire Code Advisory Board's members are designated by City Ordinance 119799 to represent the public, business, industry, and technical professions. Members serve a term of three years.
Office location:
Seattle Fire Department Fire Prevention Division
220 Third Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104

Seattle Freight Advisory Board

206-684-4524 | christopher.eaves@seattle.gov | Scott Kubly, Director, SDOT
The board advises the Mayor, the City Council, and all departments and offices of the city in the development of a functional and efficient freight system, and on all matters related to freight and the impact that actions by the city may have on the freight environment.
Office location:
Seattle City Hall
600 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98124

Housing Levy Oversight Committee

206-684-0721 | Housing.Levy@seattle.gov | Maureen Kostyack, Staff Liaison
Since 1981, Seattle voters have approved one bond and four levies to create affordable housing. Seattle has now funded over 10,000 affordable apartments for seniors, low- and moderate-wage workers, and formerly homeless individuals and families, plus provided down-payment loans to more than 600 first-time homebuyers and rental assistance to more than 4,000 households.
Office location:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue
Suite 5700
Seattle , WA 98124

Immigrant and Refugee Commission

206-233-2759 | OIRA@seattle.gov | Sahar Fathi, Staff Liaison
Ensuring that city government provides high-quality customer service to all, including immigrants and refugees living and working in Seattle.
Office location:
600 4th Avenue
Floor 6
Seattle, WA 98124-4028
The Board consists of seven members, five that are elected by the community in annual elections and two that are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council. Two of the five elected Board members own property or a business in the District or who are employed in the District, two of the elected members reside in the District or have demonstrated an interest in the District, and one member is elected at large. The Board reviews applications for Certificates of Approval for any change to the use, exterior appearance of buildings or structures, streets, sidewalks, and other public spaces in the District.
Office location:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue
Suite 1700
Seattle, WA 98124

Landmarks Preservation Board

206-684-0228 | Melinda.Bloom@seattle.gov | KAren Gordon, Supervisor
Since 1973, Seattle has designated more than 350 individual sites, buildings, vehicles, vessels, and street clocks as landmarks subject to protection by city ordinance. The Landmarks Preservation Board assists the city with identification of potential landmarks, makes decisions on landmark designations, and makes recommendations to the City Council on landmark controls for adoption into designating ordinances.
Office location:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue
Suite 1700
Seattle , WA 98124

Library Board of Trustees

206-684-7978 | amy.lawson@spl.org | Amy Lawson, Staff Liaison
The Library Board is a governing board with decision-making authority and fiduciary responsibility for the Library system. Trustees set the direction of the Library, govern funds and expenditures, and establish Library policies. The Library is governed by a five-member citizens' board of trustees, appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Board members serve five-year terms without pay.
Office location:
Seattle Central Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle , WA 98104
The Mayor's Council on African American Elders (MCAAE) was established in 1995 by Mayor Norman B. Rice to oversee the development of a comprehensive continuum of services to serve the needs of African American elders.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 Fifth Avenue
Suite 5190
Seattl, WA 98124
P.O. Box 34215
Seattle, WA 98124-4215

Office of Professional Accountability

206-684-8343 | opareviewboard@seattle.gov | Pierce Murphy, Civilian Director
The Office of Professional Accountability is an independent office within the Seattle Police Department (SPD) which investigates complaints of police misconduct made by members of the community and complaints made internally by members of the Seattle Police Department.
Office location:Mailing Address:
720 Third Avenue
18th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle City Hall
P.O. Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124
The Pro Parks Levy, approved by Seattle voters in November 2000, will provide $198.2 million to help implement more than a hundred projects and programs planned by citizen groups throughout the city. The Parks and Green Spaces Levy Oversight Committee ("Pro Parks Levy Oversight Committee") will help ensure successful implementation of the projects and programs included in the levy.
Office location:
Seattle Park Headquarters
100 Dexter Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

Pedestrian Advisory Board

206-684-3902 | pedboard@seattle.gov | Howard Wu, Staff Liaison
Founded by a temporary resolution in 1993, the Pedestrian Advisory Board was made permanent by Seattle City Council Resolution 29532 in 1997. The Board is composed of 11 regular members - six appointed by the Mayor and five appointed by the Council. The Get Engaged: City Boards and Commissions program created an additional spot in the board specifically for a young adult (18-29) member.
Office location:
Seattle City Hall
600 4th Avenue
2nd Floor
Seattle, WA 98124

Pike Place Market Historical Commission

206-684-0229 | Heather.McAuliffe@seattle.gov | Heather McAuliffe, Staff Liaison
The Pike Place Market Historical Commission reviews and makes decisions on all use and design changes in the Pike Place Market Historical District. Composition: 2 from the Friends of the Market, 2 from AIA’s Seattle Chapter, 2 from Allied Arts of Seattle, 2 property owners, 2 merchants and 2 residents, all from Market Historical District.
Office location:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue
Suite 1700
Seattle, WA 98124

Pioneer Square Preservation Board

206-684-0227 | Genna.Nashem@seattle.gov | Genna Nashem, Staff Liaison
The Pioneer Square Preservation Board works to preserve, protect and enhance the historic and architectural character of Pioneer Square. Any change of use must be reviewed and approved by the Board and Department of Neighborhoods Director. Composition: 2 architects, 2 property owners, a retail business owner, an attorney, an architectural historian, a human services representative, and a Get Engaged youth member.
Office location:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue
Suite 1700
Seattle, WA 98124
The Seattle-King County Advisory Council for Aging & Disability Services is a dedicated volunteer citizens group which represents older adults and individuals with disabilities within our community.
Office location:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue
Suite 5100
Seattle, WA 98124

Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board

206-684-8264 | Emily.Ehlers@seattle.gov | Emily Ehlers, Staff Liaison
The Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board advises the City Council, the Mayor, and all departments and offices of the City on matters related to bicycling and the impacts that actions of the City may have upon bicycling. SBAB also contributes to the City's planning processes, insofar as they relate to bicycling.
Office location:
Seattle City Hall
600 4th Avenue
2nd Floor
Seattle, WA 98124
The Panel is comprised of nine members drawn from among City Light's customers, to review and assess City Light's strategic plan and provide an opinion on the merits of the plan and future revisions to it to the Mayor and the City Council, and other roles as laid out by Seattle City Ordinance 123256.
Office location:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue
Suite 3205
Seatle, WA 98124
The Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities has been created to promote the full participation of people with disabilities into all areas of economic, political, and community life in the City of Seattle.
Office location:
Central Building
810 3rd Avenue
Suite 750
Seattle, WA 98104

Seattle Design Commission

206-233-7911 | valerie.kinast@seattle.gov | Valerie Kinast, Staff Liaison
The Seattle Design Commission was created in 1968 as a commission responsible for the oversight of City's capital projects. It advises the Mayor, the City Council, and all departments on all matters related to CIP project review, any right-of-way issues like; street an alley vacations, sky bridges, objects on the right of way and special street use permits. Composition: 2 Licensed Architects, 1 Fine Artist, 1 Member at Large, and at least 1 and no more than 2 from the following categories: Professional Urban Planner, Professional Environmental or Urban Designer, Landscape Architect, & Licensed Engineer, plus 1 Get Engaged (youth) participant.
Office location:
Seattle City HAll
600 4th Avenue
2nd Floor
Seattle, WA 98124
Established in 1939, Seattle Housing Authority provides long-term rental housing and rental assistance to more than 26,000 people in the city of Seattle. The agency owns and operates buildings of all shapes and sizes on more than 400 sites throughout the city. It is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Housing Authority
190 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109-1028
P.O. Box 19028
Seattle , WA 98109-1028
206-684-4540 | marta.idowu@seattle.gov | Staff Liaison: Marta Idowu
Office location:
Central Building
810 Third Avenue
Suite 750
Seattle, WA 98104-1627
206-684-4500 | marta.idowu@seattle.gov | lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered citizens of Seattle
The Seattle Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Commission advises the Mayor, Council and departments about issues of concern affecting the LGBTQ community, recommend policies and legislation, bring the LGBTQ communities and the larger Seattle community together through long-ranged projects, and ensure that City departments fairly and equitably address issues affecting and involving Seattle's LGBTQ communities as individuals and as a protected class afforded accessibility and inclusion to the services of the City of Seattle.
Office location:
Central Building
810 Third Avenue
Suite 750
Seattle , WA 98104

Seattle Music Commission

206-684-8504 | SeattleMusicCommission@seattle.gov | Rachel Sawyer, Commission Liaison
The Seattle Music Commission was established in June 2010 and is comprised of 21 members from our diverse and expansive music industry. Our two subcommittees (Youth + Community and Policy + Communication) work to uphold the City of Music Initiative’s mission to make Seattle a City of Musicians, City of Live Music and a City of Music Business. This Commission strives to enhance the growth and development of Seattle's music sector and to convey the City's commitment to the industry, musicians and audience. The Commission is also tasked with advising City officials regarding leadership and support in the music industry arena, and serves as a forum for City departments to share information on upcoming issues and opportunities of relevance to Seattle's music sector. The Commission works with public and private entities, and the greater community in an attempt to advance the goals outlined in the Seattle City of Music Vision.
Office location:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue
Suite 5752
Seattle, WA 98124
206-684-8694 | robin.magonegil@seattle.gov | Vanessa Murdock, Executive Director
We advise the Mayor, City Council and City departments on broad planning goals, policies and plans for the physical development of the City.
Office location:Mailing Address:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 Fifth Ave
Suite 2000
Seattle, WA 98124-4019
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019

Seattle Public Safety Civil Service Commission

206-233-7118 | jennifer.greenlee@Seattle.gov | Jennifer Greenlee, Executive Director
Seattle's Public Safety Civil Service Commission (PSCSC) is an independent body that provides sworn police and uniformed fire employees with a quasi-judicial process for hearings on appeals concerning disciplinary actions, examination and testing, and other related issues. The Commission has three members and meets on a monthly basis - currently on the third Friday of the month.
Office location:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue
Suite 1670
Seattle, WA 98124
The Creeks, Drainage and Wastewater Advisory Committee (CDWAC) members participate in review of SPU's programs, policies and services related to surface water and wastewater utilities including water quality, stormwater, combined sewers, low impact development, urban streams, and habitat protection.
Office location:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue
Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98124
The Solid Waste Advisory Committee's (SWAC) work includes: Addressing policy issues in waste management: recycling, food/yard waste collection contracts, transfer stations, and waste prevention, Advising SPU of its findings and recommendations, Communicating with other governmental agencies about solid waste issues.
Office location:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue
Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98124
The Water System Advisory Committee (WSAC) members participate in review of SPU's programs, policies and services related to drinking water quality and customer confidence.
Office location:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave
Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98124
206-684-4540 | Marta.Idowu@Seattle.gov | Seattle Boards & Commissions
The role of the Seattle Women’s Commission is to effectively identify and recommend policy, legislation, programs, and budget items concerning women to Seattle’s Mayor, City Council and City Departments.
Office location:
Central Building
810 Third Avenue
Suite 750
Seattle, WA 98104

Seattle Youth Commission

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The Seattle Youth Commission is a group of 25 Seattleites aged 13-19 from all over the city who are appointed by the Mayor and City Council to connect youth to their elected officials.
Office location:
Seattle City Hall
600 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98124

Sister Cities Coordinating Council

206-684-8266 | Mike.Peters@seattle.gov | Staff Liaison: Mike Peters
The Seattle Sister Cities Coordinating Council was created in 1996 to serve as the coordinating organization for the sister cities program. It consists of 20 members appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council to serve two-year terms.
Office location:
Seattle City Hall
600 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98124

Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission

206-386-4582 | Scott.Powell@Seattle.Gov | Staff Liaison: Scott Powell
The Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission (SEEC) promotes the protection of the environmental values and compatible recreational use of the upper Skagit Watershed. Seattle City Light helped establish the Commission and provides ongoing administrative and technical support.
Office location:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue
Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98124

Urban Forestry Commission

206-684-3194 | Sandra.PintodeBader@seattle.gov | Staff Liaison: Sandra Pinto de Bader
The Urban Forestry Commission advises 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
Office location:
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue
Suite 2748
Seattle, WA 98104