Creating a more inclusive and equitable city
The City of Philadelphia is celebrating the work and contributions of the City’s advisory commissions in lifting the voices of our diverse communities in Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s nine advisory commissions advance the City’s goals of increasing equity and inclusion for all of its citizens. Through advocacy and engagement programs, the Commissions elevate the voices of those who are often systematically excluded from government policy.
The commissions include the Mayor’s Commission on African American Males; Commission on African & Caribbean Immigrant Affairs; Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs; Commission on Faith-Based and Interfaith Affairs; Commission on LGBT Affairs; Commission on People with Disabilities; Millennial Advisory Committee; Philadelphia Commission for Women; and Philadelphia Youth Commission.
Learn more about the Commissions and hear from the Commission Chairs on their highlights from the Kenney Administration and their hopes for the future, below.
Mayor’s Commission on African American Males
The Mayor’s Commission on African American Males (MCAAM) studies the diverse conditions of Black men in Philadelphia. Using its findings, the commission makes yearly reports and recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, and others. The MCAAM aims to effect positive outcomes for Black men and boys.
Mayor’s Commission on African & Caribbean Immigrant Affairs
The Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs (MCACIA) addresses the needs of black immigrant communities in Philadelphia by strengthening the voices of local African and Caribbean immigrant communities.
Mayor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs
The Mayor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (MCAPAA) is composed of 25 professionals and community leaders who represent the diversity of Philadelphia’s Asian American population.
Mayor’s Commission on Faith-Based and Interfaith Affairs
The Commission on Faith-Based and Interfaith Affairs convenes a diverse array of members and leaders of local religious congregations, faith-based organizations, and nonprofit agencies in order to empower greater engagement and advocacy by all residents.
Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs
The Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs works to foster equitable working and living conditions for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and to advocate for LGBTQ issues in all areas of City government.
Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities
The Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities conducts systemic advocacy on behalf of Philadelphians with disabilities within City government and the citywide disability community.
Millennial Advisory Committee
The Millennial Advisory Committee advises the City on policies and issues that affect millennials and connecting young people with opportunities for civic engagement.
Philadelphia Youth Commission
The Philadelphia Youth Commission (PYC) works with the City, community organizations, nonprofits, and private entities to improve the lives of Philadelphia’s youth.
Philadelphia Commission for Women
The Philadelphia Commission for Women (PCW) works to improve the lives of Philadelphia’s women, girls, and individuals who identify as female. In addition to advising City government on matters of public policy, the commission hosts public forums on issues that impact women.