Boards and Commissions Directory

The City of Cambridge encourages and promotes involvement by residents in the decision-making process through participation in a variety of boards and commissions.

Serving on a board or commission can be a rewarding experience and an excellent way to contribute to the quality of life of the community in which you live or work. We rely greatly on the interest and involvement of those volunteers who seek a more active role in the functioning of their local government.

Selection for appointment to one of our boards and commissions is generally based on the following characteristics:

  • A broad perspective and concern for the welfare and progress of the City   
  • A familiarity with the City’s history, issues and goals 
  • Interest in the functions/responsibilities of the board or commission under consideration
  • City residency, in most cases 
  • A willingness to devote time and effort to the work of said board or commission  
  • Awareness of and understanding of the City’s ordinances and policies   
  • Balanced and diverse representation on boards and commissions as feasible


Boards and Commissions List

  • Advisory Committee on Environmentally Desirable Practices

    Develop and promote source reduction, recycling and other environmentally desirable methods to be used by Cambridge institutions in dealing with their solid waste; implement an environmental practices recognition program for Cambridge institutions.

  • Affirmative Action Advisory Committee

    Serve as an information link among City departments and constituencies concerned with Affirmative Action (AA) and fair labor/employment practices.

  • Affordable Housing Trust Board

    To create and preserve affordable housing opportunities in the City. The Trust is specifically charged with providing funds to assist non-profit housing organizations in creating new housing, preserving the affordability of existing housing and rehabilitating the City’s supply of multi-family housing.

  • Animal Commission

    Facilitate and promote programs affecting animal control in the City.

  • Arts Council Advisory Board

    Provide guidance and advice on enhancing the lives of the citizens of Cambridge through the arts; stimulate public awareness of the arts and of the development of ways to improve the aesthetic experience of living, working, playing and passing through the City.

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