City of Mpls seeks to diversify boards and commissions

Courtesy of City of Minneapolis
Courtesy of City of Minneapolis

By MRS News Online

Are you interested in shaping key policy decisions for the City of Minneapolis? There are more than 50 openings for volunteer-based boards, commissions and advisory committees that advise the City on issues, help develop policy and administer services.

Boards and commissions fall into a handful of categories: appeal boards, development boards, general advisory boards and special service districts (defined areas within the city with special services). Appointments to boards and commissions are made twice a year: in the spring and fall.

Minneapolis’ appointed boards and commissions are becoming more inclusive with a steady increase in residents of color serving. A new study shows that the City has met its race diversity benchmark with board and commission members within 80 percent of the city’s demographics.

Thirty-three percent of the City’s board and commission members are people of color, whereas the population of Minneapolis is 36 percent people of color.

The City is still in pursuit of more diverse representation in its appointed boards and commissions with more high school and technical school graduates; renters; and people ages 18-24.

There are 77 open positions on 10 City boards and commissions listed below:

●       Animal Care & Control Advisory Board. (Apply by April 19.)

●       Census Complete Count Comm. (Open until filled.)

●       Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission. (Apply by April 12.)

●       Pedestrian Advisory Comm. (Apply by April 19.)

●       Racial Equity Community Advisory Comm. (Apply by April 12.)

●       Southside Green Zone Council. (Apply by March 30.)

●       Upper Harbor Terminal Community Planning and Engagement Comm. (Apply by April 14.)

●       Violence Prevention Steering Comm. (Open until filled.)

●       Workplace Advisory Comm. (Apply by April 12.)

●       Zoning Board of Adjustment. (Apply by March 30.)

For more info, go to minneapolismn.gov/boards/openings, call 612-673-2216 or email OpenAppointments@minneapolismn.gov.

This article originally appeared in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder

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