Governor Kitzhaber makes appointments to over 300 Boards and Commissions representing a broad range of areas and issues for the State of Oregon. Most major state agencies and departments are headed by policy making boards appointed by the Governor.
Members of Oregon State Boards and Commissions are vital participants in statewide decision-making and dedicated individuals have the opportunity to participate in developing a wide variety of important governmental policies. Major issues range from consumer protection, economic development, education, conservation, and health care—all of which are critical to the ongoing success of the State of Oregon.
The Governor is also committed to ensuring that all Boards and Commissions represent the growing age, racial and gender diversity of the state. This is an amazing opportunity to pool our collective viewpoints, visions and hopes for Oregon—and all citizens are welcome and encouraged to serve.
You must be an Oregon resident and taxpayer to participate unless otherwise noted.
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Service is varied and based upon the needs, expectations and policy goals. Most seats are volunteer positions and have an average expectation of approximately 10-15 hours of work per month. Some Commissions however have a need for specialized skills, but most people will find a Board or a Commission that is a great fit for their knowledge base. Public members of Boards and Commissions are people who may not have regular, ongoing experience in a specific topic area, but have a general interest in a particular Board or Commission’s work arena. This too is a terrific opportunity to learn more about an area of interest and contribute a perspective that is fresh and unique to the service area.
Service on a Governor-appointed Board or Commission is important to the inner workings of the State. Candidates are expected to actively engage and participate once they are confirmed and appointed, so it is important that you are clear on your time and availability. Travelling within the state to meetings can be a part of some Board’s or Commission’s expectations, so make sure that you factor in the location of meetings into your decision about which Boards or Commissions to apply for. Finally, each Board or Commission has a particular term during which they serve. Most terms are between 2-4 years and all Board and Commission members are subject to a two-term limit. If you enjoyed serving and completed your term on one Board or Commission, consider seeking appointment to another Board or Commission. Your experience is invaluable!
How to Apply
Applying for a Governor-appointed Board or Commission is easy! Follow these three easy steps and you are on your way. Do your homework.
Get a deeper sense of what to expect of Board or Commission service, check out the Membership Handbook. The Membership Handbook gives you all of the details of Board or Commission service and offers up sound advice about what it means to join a Board or Commission. Make your Board or Commission selection. The below links will help inform your decision-making process, including a current list of vacancies and upcoming expirations.
The Boards & Commissions Book describes the boards to which the Governor makes appointments.
Board & Commissions Book
Expiration Report- Expiration report through December 31, 2014.
Vacancy Report- Vacancy report through December 30, 2014.
Most Boards and Commissions also have their own websites, so this is another way to learn about the specific details of service on a Board or Commission that interests you. Websites
All meetings are open to the public, so feel free to attend a meeting ahead of time to experience what it is like to participate on your targeted Board or Commission. Complete the Interest Form The Interest Form is a basic application that tells our office about you, your background and why you want to participate on a Governor-appointed Board or Commission. All applicants are subject to a background check, so make sure that you have informed us about anything in your history. Important! Use a separate piece of paper to disclose this information. Informing us about something in your past does not necessarily mean that you can’t or won’t be appointed; but it is important that you disclose this information in the beginning of the process. When completing your interest form, please use black ink. Do not use gray ink or pencil.
You must be a resident of the State of Oregon to participate unless otherwise noted.
Please complete both sides of this form and include any additional documentation such as a resume, and statement of interest that could be beneficial in the selection process. We will not accept emails with links to your information. Below is the instruction sheet and interest form for your completion. Please review all of your information to ensure you form is complete!
Interest Forms can be returned via fax, email (you must sign and scan the interest form before you email it. We cannot accept electronic signatures!), or the US mail.
You may apply at any time, regardless of whether there is a current opening, as resignations occur throughout the year. Once you submit your application, it will be placed in the appropriate Board or Commission’s file for future consideration. Submission of an Interest Form does not mean that you will automatically be contacted; we will however, acknowledge the receipt of your form. If you are being actively considered for appointment, you will hear from the Executive Appointments Office directly.Back
- To fax your Interest Form, please send it to: 503-373-0840 (secure fax)
- To email your scanned Interest form, please send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- To mail your Interest Form, please send it to:
Office of the Governor
900 Court Street NE, Room 160
Salem, OR 97301-4075
Please feel free to contact our office if you have questions about serving on a Governor-appointed Board or Commission. Our staff is happy to help!
For general questions, please contact:
Executive Appointments Assistant
Thank you for your interest in serving the State of Oregon. It is your willingness to participate that makes a difference in the strength of our efforts and we appreciate the power of your volunteerism and perspective.
Ms. Kendall Clawson
Executive Appointments Director
Click here if you have a concern regarding a board or commission.