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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

City Boards, Committees, and Commissions

Get involved!  Have a voice in city government! Join a City Advisory Board, Committee, or Commission!

Serving on a City of Portland advisory body is one way members of the public can volunteer and get involved with their city government. The boards and commissions serve mostly in an advisory capacity to various city bureaus and some county agencies. But some also hear appeals, provide expertise, advocate, receive public concerns, or establish, review and enforce policies and regulations. Boards and commission appointments are approved by City Council after recommendations from City bureaus and elected-in-charge.

  • To indicate your interest in serving on a board, committee or commission please complete an application form and send it to the City's Office of Community & Civic Life at 1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110  Portland OR 97204 or email.

  • Are you a staff liaison looking for assistance to set up a new advisory body, or bring a current advisory body into compliance? Click here for resources or to contact a staff member who can help you!

Maintain mental wellness during COVID-19 

Tips from our Mental Health Program Specialist, Tyesha McCool-Riley:


Advisory Body Meetings amid Coronavirus FAQ

8 tips for web meetings, plus a cancellation template download!

List of City Advisory Bodies

Find an advisory body or quasi-judiciary board of your interest.

No Politics, please!

Read about restrictions on political activities for advisory body members