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.
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.
Health & Human Services and Public Safety Committee
Sustainability & Transportation Committee
City Manager Search Subcommittee
Board of Assessment Review
Historic Preservation Board
Zoning Board of Appeals
CDBG Annual Allocation Committee
Continuum of Care
Emergency Shelter Assessment Committee
Employment Subcommittee - Civil Service Commission
Land Bank Commission
MLK Memorial Selection Committee
Noise Advisory Committee
Pesticide Management Advisory Committee
Police Citizen Review Subcommittee - Civil Service Commission
Portland Development Corporation
Portland Disability Advisory Committee
Portland Youth Council
Public Art Committee
Racial Equity Steering Committee
Rental Housing Advisory Committee
School Facilities Ad Hoc Committee
Sound Oversight Committee
CDBG Priority Task Force
CDBG Working Group
City Manager’s Waterfront Working Group
Completed Task Forces
View the list of completed Task Forces and Ad Hoc Committees
Board of Harbor Commissioners
Creative Portland Corporation
Peaks Island Council
Port of Portland
Portland Fish Exchange
Portland Fish Pier Authority
Portland Housing Authority
Portland Board of Education - School Board