Advisory commissions and committees

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 an annual work plan that is in line with the City Council's goals, which guides the commissions' activities and projects. 

The City of Menlo Park currently has eight advisory bodies, including:


Committees and other advisory bodies

Current vacancies

Below is a list of the current vacancies on Menlo Park advisory bodies.  Please submit your application to the City Clerk no later that April 16, 2021.

Advisory body
No. of vacancies
Term expiration
Complete Streets Commission 1
April 30, 2022
Complete Streets Commission 2 April 30, 2025
Environmental Quality Commission
April 30, 2025
Finance and Audit Committee  3
April 30, 2025 
Housing Commission 4
April 30, 2025
Library Commission 1 April 30, 2022
Library Commission  1
April 30, 2025
Parks and Recreation Commission  2
April 30, 2025
Planning Commission  1
April 30, 2025


The requirements (and length of terms) can vary depending on the advisory body, but in general all applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Resident of Menlo Park (specific exceptions exist for certain advisory bodies)
  • At least 18 years of age

Application form and deadline

Applications can be submitted year round and will be kept on file for when vacancies arise. For specific recruitment's, please follow the deadline listed with the vacancy notice above. Download the application form(s) and return it to the City Clerk's Office via email, U.S. mail or in person.