Community Involvement Commission

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As Seattle's population changes, the City needs to continually revisit and expand its public engagement efforts to ensure growing demographic groups are represented in the City's decision-making processes and that barriers discouraging people from participating are eliminated.

In July 2016, Mayor Murray signed Executive Order 2016-06 reaffirming his commitment to advance effective implementation of equitable and inclusive engagement strategies across all City departments. In the 2017-2018 Budget, legislation was passed that addresses the Mayor's outreach and engagement principles, outlines a new citywide framework for community engagement, and creates a Community Involvement Commission.  

This new Commission was created to help advise and guide our City departments to assess, improve, and develop authentic and thorough outreach and engagement to all residents.

Role of the Community Involvement Commission

The Community Involvement Commission will advise the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and other City departments on coordinated, Citywide outreach and engagement activities. Its goals are to: 

  1. Provide advice on priorities, policies, and strategies related to equitable civic engagement and public participation in City decision-making processes. This includes the review of initiatives, strategies and proposals brought forward by the City, as well as ones identified by the Commission.  
  2. Provide feedback on the development of City departments' community involvement plans with a focus on implementing more equitable engagement strategies and identifying new ways to increase civic participation in City processes.
  3. Develop and periodically amend bylaws and a work plan that enable the Commission to organize itself, perform its work, and advance program and policy proposals consistent with its mission.


A total of 16 individuals will serve as members of the Community Involvement Commission. Individuals in positions 1 through 7 will be appointed by the City Council, with each member representing the City Council district that corresponds to their position number. Individuals in positions eight through 14 will be appointed by the Mayor, with position 14 reserved for a young adult through the Get Engaged program. These 14 members are subject to confirmation by a majority vote of the City Council. Members in positions 15 and 16 will be selected by the Commission subject to approval by the Mayor and confirmation by a majority vote of the Council.  

For the initial round of appointments, odd-numbered positions will serve one-year terms and even-numbered positions will serve two-year terms. After the conclusion of the initial terms, all subsequent terms of each position shall be for two years, except for the Get Engaged position, which will continue to have a one-year term. No Commission members shall serve more than two full consecutive terms. By a majority vote, the Commission will annually elect one or more members to serve as its Chair.

Members of the Commission will serve in a volunteer capacity and be requested to dedicate approximately three to six hours per month to their roles. Commission meetings are expected to commence in April 2017 and initially  be held monthly at Seattle City Hall during evening hours.

Application Process

Anyone is eligible to apply to the Commission. 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.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 1 by 5:00 p.m. Applications may be submitted in any language.  

Applicants may submit their application via the following methods:

  • Online - visit Translated applications are available in Korean, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Traditional Chinese, and Vietnamese.  
  • Mail - Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, PO Box 94649, Seattle Washington 98124-4649. Must be postmarked by March 1.
  • In person - Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, 4th floor, between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Selection Process

A Selection Committee consisting of five members (two each from the Mayor's Office and Legislative Department and one from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods) will meet to review applications and identify potential candidates for 14 Commission positions. The Committee will assess and rank applications using the selection principles described below and present their recommendations to City Councilmembers (positions 1 through 7) and the Mayor (positions 8-14). Final selection decisions will be made by Councilmembers and the Mayor. The selections are subject to a confirmation vote by the full City Council.      

Following the confirmation of the 14 Commission members, the Commission will select two additional members to fill positions 15 and 16. Although the process for filling these positions is yet to be determined, the Commission's selections will be subject to approval by the Mayor and a confirmation vote by the Council.  

The selection principles
The following principles will inform the application review and commissioner selection process:

  • Participation by a range of community members with a wide array of perspectives and experiences that reflect Seattle's diverse population.
  • Broad geographic representation from neighborhoods and communities across Seattle.
  • Consideration for applicants who can serve as liaisons to other community networks and groups.    

Timeline for selection process

  • Wednesday, March 1 by 5:00 p.m.  - Deadline for community members to submit applications.
  • March - Selection Committee reviews applications and completes candidate interviews. Applicants are notified regarding selection decisions.
  • April 5 (tentative) - Appointment recommendations presented to the City Council's Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee.
  • April 10 (tentative) - Final confirmation vote by full City Council.
  • Late April - First commission meeting.


For further information about the Community Involvement Commission, contact us at or call Tom Van Bronkhorst at (206) 233-3954.