PHILADELPHIA – Today the City of Philadelphia released the application for those interested in applying to join one of the City’s advisory commissions. Comprised of community leaders and Philadelphians with a passion for public service, the City’s advisory commissions provide Mayor Kenney and the Administration valuable insight and feedback on policy priorities on behalf of Philadelphia’s underrepresented communities.

“Our administration is committed to bridging the divide between government and the residents of Philadelphia,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “The input of the advisory commissions is crucial to helping us build a city government that is inclusive, represents our diversity, and works for all Philadelphians.”

The open application period will begin January 10, 2018, and will close on February 28, 2019. Requirements for members of each commission vary, but ideal candidates demonstrate a commitment to their community, are able to commit at least four hours a month to working with the Commission, and are city residents. Each of the seven advisory commissions receive staff support from leadership in the Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement (OPE) and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI).

“Now more than ever we are seeing Philadelphians who want to get involved in their communities to make a difference,” said Ajeenah Amir, director for OPE. “I encourage anyone who is interested in joining one of our advisory commissions to apply. We are looking for thoughtful, dedicated, and passionate individuals who have Philadelphia’s best interests at heart.”

The Office of Public Engagement enhances the City’s community outreach and engagement efforts and works with residents to make City government accessible to all Philadelphians. OPE manages the following commissions, including:

  • Philadelphia Youth Commission*
  • Mayor’s Commission on African American Males
  • Philadelphia Commission for Women*
  • Mayor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs
  • Millennial Advisory Committee

Please note that some of the above commissions (marked with an asterisk*) also have commission members who are appointed by City Council.

“Everyone benefits when we build diversity into the feedback and decision-making process,” said the City’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Nolan Atkinson. “In order to have a truly diverse and inclusive city, we must include voices that reflect the many concerns, viewpoints, and priorities of our residents.”

The Mayor’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion was created to support Mayor Kenney’s commitment to building an inclusive government that looks like the city of Philadelphia. ODI oversees the following commissions:

  • Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs
  • Mayor’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities

For more information about the Commissions, visit the Public Engagement homepage, the Office of LGBT Affairs page or the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities page. Anyone interested in applying to one or more of the advisory commissions should fill out the application online. The deadline for application submissions is February 28, 2019.