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 nine advisory bodies, including:


Committees and other advisory bodies

Current vacancies

Below is a list of all the upcoming vacancies for City commissions and committees.  Applications are being accepted through 5 p.m. on April 3.
Appointments are tentatively scheduled for April 21.

Term expiration
Complete Streets Commission
April 30, 2022
Complete Streets Commission  2
April 30, 2024
Environmental Quality Commission  2 April 30, 2024  
Finance and Audit Committee
April 30, 2022
Housing Commission  1
April 30, 2024
Library Commission  1
April 30, 2022 
Library Commission  2
April 30, 2024 
Parks and Recreation Commission
April 30, 2024
Planning Commission
April 30, 2024
San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District
Sister City Committee 1 October 1, 2020


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.