Boards and Committees

Boards, commissions, task forces, and committees are an important part of Portland’s government. Each board or commission works with internal departments and staff, City Councilors, and the public to serve the City. 

Council Committees consist only of City Councilors. The other boards, commissions, task forces, and committees consist of appointed and/or elected members. Some may be appointed by the City Council after members of the public apply and are interviewed by the Nominating Committee, others may be appointed by the City Manager. 

Vacancies on these boards, commissions, task forces, and committees come up several times throughout the year, depending on the rules and membership terms of each. We encourage members of the public to regularly view the list of vacancies and apply to serve, as it is one of the best ways Portlanders can become active in their community. 

View the Boards & Commissions Vacancies

Interested in serving? Keep these things in mind:

  • View the list of boards and commissions below. Look for a board or commission for which your expertise is most relevant. Ask yourself whether you are passionate about the policy area to which that body belongs.
  • Serving on a board or commission allows you to voice your concerns and influence decisions that shape your communities. But, you will need to commit time and effort to be a successful member. Be ready!
  • Find out if you're eligible to serve:  There may be more requirements to serve, including subject matter expertise and residency in Portland. The vacancy write up will indicate eligibility requirements. 
  • Look for a vacancy and apply! You will be asked to submit a resume and cover letter to the City Clerk.