Commissions and committees

Menlo Park welcomes and encourages residents' active participation through serving on a city commission or committee. Advisory commissions examine issues of community interest and make recommendations to the City Council on policy matters. Each advisory commission reviews specific subjects and carries out assignments as directed by the City Council or as prescribed by law. Each advisory commission establishes an annual work plan that is in line with the City Council's goals, which guides the commissions' activities and projects.

Menlo Park currently has seven City Council advisory bodies.


The following advisory bodies currently have openings. Interested applicants should submit the online application form by 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14, 2022.

  • Environmental Quality Commission - 1 seat, term expiring April 30, 2024
  • Library Commission - 1 seat, term expiring April 30, 2026
  • Planning Commission - 1 seat, term expiring April 30, 2026


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


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. Complete the online application form (English | Spanish) or request a paper application.

Application (English) Solicitud (español)

Maddy Act local appointments list

In compliance with the requirements of the Maddy Act, Cal. Gov. Code §54970, the following appointment list of the City of Menlo Park commission and committee members is posted on an annual basis.  

The names on this list are subject to change based on term expiration and resignations that occur during the year. For questions, please contact the City Clerk’s Office.

Maddy Act advisory body appointments list(PDF, 172KB)

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Judi Herren
Assistant to the City Manager/City Clerk


Sarah Sandoval
Administrative Assistant