Advisory boards, commissions and committees

Roles and responsibilities

Menlo Park welcomes and encourages residents' active participation through serving on a City-appointed commission or committee. Commissions examine issues of community interest and make recommendations to the City Council on policy matters. Each commission reviews specific subjects and carries out assignments as directed by the City Council or as prescribed by law.

Each commission establishes a two-year work plan aligned with the City Council's goals, which guides the commissions' activities and projects. 

The City of Menlo Park currently has eight active advisory bodies: the Complete Streets Commission, the Environmental Quality Commission, the Finance and Audit Committee, the Housing Commission, the Library Commission, the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Planning Commission and the Sister City Committee.


Vacancies are available on the Sister City Committee. The recruitment to fill two vacancies is extended to September 14, 2017. To apply for a vacancy submit the commission application to the Clerk's Office via mail, email Jelena Harada or in person on or by September 14, 2017.

Maddy Act

A roster of all current members of city commissions, boards and committees and the dates of their terms of office and any current vacancies. This list is updated each year in compliance with the requirements of the Maddy Act, Government Code 54970.