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Executive Appointments

Now Accepting Nominations

The Executive Appointment interest form is also used for Workgroups and Task Forces.​ Interest forms are collected at an-going basis and remain active for 2 years.

Interest Form.pdfInterest Form.pdf

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Leaders Wanted!

Did you know that 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. These very important citizens help the Governor in his efforts to highlight advocacy, create innovative community strategies, generate policy, and strengthen the responsiveness of governmental agencies. 


Members of Oregon State Boards and Commissions are vital participants in state wide 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. 
Governor Kitzhaber is also committed to ensuring that all Boards and Commissions represent the growing age, racial and gender diversity of the state. All candidates are encouraged to participate and bring the wealth of experiences and perspectives that make Oregon an exciting, rich and inclusive place to live and work. This is an amazing opportunity to pool our collective viewpoints, visions and hopes for Oregon—and all citizens are welcome and encouraged to serve.

Please note that you must be an Oregon resident and taxpayer to participate.

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Expectations of Service

Expectations of Board or Commission service are varied and are based upon the needs, expectations and policy goals of each Board or Commission. Most Board or Commission seats are volunteer positions and have an average expectation of approximately 10-15 hours of work per month. Skills sets vary too. While some Commissions have a need for specialized skills, most people will find a Board or a Commission that is a great fit for their knowledge base. With 300+ Boards and Commissions to choose from, there is a little something for everyone! Additionally, there are dozens of Boards and Commissions that are in need of public members. 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.

All Board or Commission 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. Service on a Governor-appointed Board or Commission is important to the inner workings of the State, so regular participation is expected. 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. But if you enjoyed serving and you completed your term on one Board or Commission, consider seeking appointment to new Board or Commission. Your experience is invaluable!  Sound good? Here’s how to apply.
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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.
Membership Handbook. To 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.
There are four links that will help inform your decision-making process, including a current list of vacancies and upcoming expirations.
  • Boards & Commissions Book. The Boards & Commissions Book describes all boards to which the Governor makes appointments.
  • Expiration Report.pdfExpiration Report.pdf- Expiration report through June 30, 2014.
  • Vacancy Report.pdfVacancy Report.pdf- Vacancy report through June 30, 2014.
  • Websites. 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.
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 Governor's 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 Form.pdfInterest Form.pdf

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.

  • To fax your Interest Form, please send it to:  503-373-0840 (secure fax)
  • To email your scanned Interest form, please send to: executive.appointments@das.state.or.us.
  • To mail your Interest Form, please send it to:
    Office of the Governor
    Executive Appointments
    900 Court Street NE, Room 160
    Salem, OR 97301-4075
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.
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Contact Us

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: 
Judge Kemp
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​
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