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How to serve on a board or commission

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Serving on a board or commission is one of the best ways Bostonians can become active in their community.


Find a board or commission

Visit the boards and commissions website and browse the list. 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.

Boards and commissions website

Please keep in mind

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

Each board or commission page has an "information" section on it. A link will show up in the description that says "enabling legislation." Make sure to read through that enabling legislation for the board or commission you're interested in. There may be more requirements to serve.

Most boards and commissions require you to live in the City of Boston.


Look for a vacancy and apply online

If there's an open vacancy for a board or commission, you will see a blue button that says "apply online" in the information section on the page. You need to upload a resume and a cover letter for your application. The online application also allows you to check off other boards and commissions you're interested in.

Under the description of a board or commission, it should list all of the members. Check to see if any of the members' terms has expired. If a term has expired — or will expire soon — it may soon be time to apply!

Please note:

We make an effort to keep all records current on the boards and commissions website. But, some information may be old. You can contact the board or commission if you have questions about a vacancy.

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  • Need help with your resume?

    The Diversity Office provides free resume proofreading. The City of Boston is committed to diversity in its boards and commissions.


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