About the MCAAE

The Mayor’s Council on African American Elders (MCAAE) advocates for accessible, culturally appropriate, comprehensive services with a focus on people of African descent who are isolated, frail, and low-income. Its primary focus is on people of African descent who are 55 years of age or older and reside in Seattle or elsewhere in King County.

The MCAAE informs the Seattle mayor and other government leaders and policymakers about the unique needs of older African Americans; advocates for changes in policies, practices, and programs; educates the public; and encourages and sponsors research to address unmet needs and gaps in services.

The council comprises 12 members who advocate for programs and services on behalf of older African Americans. The current composition includes individuals with expertise in aging, case management, education, housing, and program administration. Members are required to live within King County. Council members reflect a broad range of professional and community experience and perspectives and seek to maintain the diversity and strength of the Council.

The MCAAE is now seeking new members from diverse backgrounds. Each member is appointed by the Mayor to serve renewable two-year terms. Specifically, the Mayor seeks candidates who are active in Seattle and King County community affairs and have skills and experience in health care, research, fund development and public relations, and who have contacts in African American churches.

Participation on the Council requires a significant commitment, including attendance at monthly meetings and participation on at least one sub-committee. Periodically, we conduct public forums to solicit public comment, inform, and provide formal and informal comments and recommendations to the Mayor. Council members also attend and participate in relevant events and meetings hosted by community partners. Council members are willing to serve without compensation.

Mayor Bruce Harrell’s administration is committed to promoting diversity in the City's boards and commissions. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual minorities and persons of color are encouraged to apply.

For more information or to apply for service on the MCAAE, visit the Seattle Boards and Commissions website.