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How to join an advisory board or commission

Citizens can volunteer on more than 40 panels that help Winston-Salem City Council make important decisions.


You don’t have to work at City Hall to make a difference.

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Looking for opportunities to get more involved in Winston-Salem? You can consider career opportunities — or, you can volunteer your time on one of the city’s advisory boards and commissions. Let’s take a look at what you need to know:

What’s the impact?

There are 40+ committees, review boards, councils, commissions, and authorities that advise Winston-Salem City Council about aspects of city government (a few also advise Forsyth County Commissioners). These boards help city council members make decisions about policies and resources related to transportation, housing, recreation, public art, and more. They are different than the four Council Committees, which are only comprised of city council members.

Residents who serve on advisory boards are recommended by the mayor and appointed by City Council. The number of members on advisory boards and commissions varies.

What’s the commitment?

Members can serve a maximum of two consecutive terms — term length varies by committee. Meetings are usually held on an established day and time, which are posted on the city’s calendar. Some boards hold meetings virtually or allow for remote participation.

Some positions are open to the general public; others require certain professional backgrounds or interests. More specifics are outlined online about each commission’s mission and expectations for members.

How to apply

Applications can be filled out and submitted online. Citizens who are interested can also call or email the mayor’s office to apply for a position. Applicants can specify the board or commission they’re interested in and whether they would be willing to be considered for other roles. Applications are kept on file for two years.