The City of Oakland has a number of Boards and Commissions which allow members of the community to provide officially-recognized input into the direction that the city takes on subjects such as libraries, human services, police ethics, and more. This is a list of all the Boards and Commissions and any vacancies that are currently on them (you should apply to be on a Board or Commission!)

This table is copied from the City's site but has a "Vacancies" column added to allow for easy navigation of which Commissions have current vacancies.

Commission / Committee / Board

Assigned Staff


E-mail Address

Vacancies (please add date of record)

Commission on Aging

Tracy Jensen

(510) 238-3434

[email protected]


Budget Advisory Commission

Bradley Johnson

(510) 238-6119

[email protected]


Business Tax Board of Review

Phillip Lim

(510) 238-7469

[email protected]


Children’s Fairyland Board

CJ Hirschfield

(510) 452-2259

[email protected]


Children’s Fund Planning & Oversight Committee

Scott Kim

(510) 238-2209

[email protected]


Citizens’ Police Review Board

Patrick Caceres

(510) 238-3325

[email protected]

1/25/14 two vacancies for alternate positions and one is specifically for a youth candidate. The Citizens' Police Review Board is committed to ensuring that Oakland has a professional police department whose members behave with integrity and justice.

City Planning Commission

Robert Merkamp

(510) 238-6283

[email protected]

1/25/14 The Planning Commission has a vacancy for someone with a background as a land use attorney, architect, or other valuable skill.  The person must be an Oakland resident and have served on another Oakland board or commission in the past.

City / Port Liaison Committee

Laura Arreola

(510) 627-1135

[email protected]


Civil Service Board

Kip Walsh

(510) 238-7334

[email protected]

1/25/14 The Civil Service Board has a vacancy for someone who has interest in participating in the enforcement of the City's personnel system.

Commission on Persons with Disabilities

Christine Calabrese

(510) 238-4754

[email protected]

1/25/14: Commission on Persons with Disabilities has some vacancies, looking for someone who wants to make a difference in Oakland.  This hardy group of volunteers advises the city on its compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).   It works hard to advocate on behalf of the community to the mayor, council members, city staff, and affiliated agencies and organizations. If you are a resident of Oakland and are interested, visit to apply.

Community Action Partnership Administrating Board

Melissa Francisco

(510) 238-2362

 [email protected]

6/26/20 Anti-Poverty Administering Board  is now accepting applications for CDBG District 1 in Oakland, and Alameda County. Find recruitment guidelines/map and application at



Community Policing Advisory Board

Joe DeVries

(510) 238-3083

[email protected]


Cultural Affairs Commission

Steven Huss

(510) 238-4949

[email protected]


Emergency Management Board

Renee Domingo

(510) 238-3939

[email protected]

Head Start Advisory Panel

Nalungo Conley

(510) 238-6405

[email protected]


Housing, Residential Rent & Relocation Board

Connie Taylor

(510) 238-6246

[email protected]

8/19/14 There is a vacancy on the Residential Rent and Relocation Board (Rent Board) for a landlord alternate and a tenant alternate. The Rent Board hears appeals from decisions of Hearing Officers and may develop or amend Regulations, subject to City Council approval.  The Board meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m.  Alternate Rent Board members are only required to attend meetings in the absence of regular Board members.


Rent Board members and alternate members are appointed by the Mayor.  A letter of interest and a resume should be submitted to the Mayor's office.  For more information, contact Melissa Vargas at (510) 238-7072.

Keep Oakland Beautiful

Cookie Robles-Wong

(510) 434-5126

[email protected]


Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board

Joann Pavlinec

(510) 238-6344

[email protected]

1/25/14 The Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board has a a couple of vacancies for someone with a background in real estate, landscape architecture, planning, and/or community local history. Meetings are every 2nd Monday of the month at 6pm.

Library Advisory Commission (Measure Q)

Rosalia Romo

(510) 238-3281

[email protected]


Measure Z Cannibus Regulatory Commission

Joe DeVries

(510) 238-3083

[email protected]

1/25/14 The Measure Z - Cannabis Regulatory Committee has an opening.
Oakland-Alameda Coliseum JPA Commission Contact Info (510) 382-4801 [email protected]  

Oakland Housing Authority

Inez Garcia

(510) 874-1512

[email protected]


Oakland Municipal Employee’s Retirement System Board

Katano Kasaine

(510) 238-2989

[email protected]

Oakland Museum Foundation Board of Trustees Lori Fogarty (510) 238-7372 [email protected]  

Paramount Theatre of the Arts Board

Leslee Stewart

(510) 893-2300

[email protected]


Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission

Dana Riley

(510) 238-2196

[email protected]


Police & Fire Retirement System Board

Katano Kasaine

(510) 238-2989

[email protected]


Port Commission Board

John Betterton

(510) 627-1696

[email protected]

Public Art Advisory Committee Steven Huss (510) 238-4949 [email protected]  

Public Ethics Commission

Whitney Barazato

(510) 238-6620

[email protected]


Violence Prevention & Public Safety Oversight Committee (Measure Y)


(510) 238-3301

[email protected]


Wildfire Prevention Assessment District Advisory Board

Yeda Altes

(510) 238-7396

[email protected]


Workforce Investment Board (WIB)

John Bailey

(510) 238-6440

[email protected]


Youth Advisory Commission

Chantal Reynolds

(510) 238-3245

[email protected]m


Measure “G” Parcel Tax Independent Citizens’ Oversight 

Committee (OUSD)

Edgar Rakestraw    [email protected]  
 Emeryville-Berkeley-Oakland Transit Study Advisory Committee       1/25/14 a vacancy for a West Oakland resident to join its newly forming committee. The purpose of the study is to examine the establishment of a multi-city transit corridor to supplement and enhance existing public transportation for the support of residents and new job-producing commercial enterprise in West Oakland, West Berkeley and Emeryville.   For more info: