Are you looking for a fun and interesting way to make a difference in your community? Now is the time to submit your application for a position on a city board or commission. Applications are due February 28.
Volunteers serving on city boards and commissions have an opportunity to influence city policy and ultimately our future. After submitting an application, you will participate in interviews that help city staff find the best board or commission placement for you. Appointments will be made by the mayor and confirmed by City Council. Terms begin on May 1 of each year.
Examples of city boards and commissions include:
- Planning Policy
- Economic Vitality
- Human Services
Hear what Issaquah Highlands residents have to say about their experiences serving on city boards and commissions:
“What I love about being on the city’s Transportation Advisory Board is the opportunity I have to shape our future and improve outcomes for our citizens, town, and region. Local government is what affects our day to day lives the most, so if folks are interested in making positive changes, they should apply for a city board!”
— Erika Boyd, Starpoint resident and member of the Transportation Advisory Board
“After living in Issaquah Highlands for many years, I still felt disconnected from the broader community. At a brave moment, I applied for a commission position and have been serving now for three years. I have learned so much about city government and met incredible people with all different backgrounds and perspectives. I’d definitely recommend taking a chance and lending your voice, you will feel appreciated and needed.”
— Susan Leonelli, Dahlia Park resident and member of the Human Services Commission
“Boards and commissions gather and employ community input in a focused, topic-oriented way. Land use and development – that’s my thing. Now a member of PPC, I not only contribute to the successful development of our city, but I get to learn about trends and forces impacting that development. A win-win!”
— Nina Milligan, Starpoint resident, current member of the Planning Policy Commission, and former member of the Transportation Advisory Board and Urban Village Development Commission
Application deadline is February 28
Applications and more information about each board and commission can be found online here.
Photo (top): Volunteers who serve on the city’s boards and commissions make important decisions for the city’s future; (left to right) Mayor Mary Lou Pauly; Ben Rush, Karl Leigh, and Geoff Walker of the Urban Village Development Commission (UVDC); and Lucy Sloman (land development manager) in 2018. Note: The authority and responsibilities of the UVDC transferred to the Issaquah Development Commission and Planning Policy Commission in 2019. Photo provided by Nina Milligan.