Boards and Commissions
Approximately 600 residents currently volunteer on over fifty advisory boards and commissions, representing a key component of City decision-making. NCR's goal is to ensure that residents have good information about service opportunities, receive a quality orientation once selected to serve and equitably represent all segments of Minneapolis's population.
NCR supports these goals by staffing commissions on community engagement, accessibility and aging, supporting a biannual diversity survey, recruiting volunteers from underrepresented groups and funding organizations that support community engagement and leadership development.
Strategies to increase participation
The City works with Nexus Community Partners, a 501c3 non-profit organization to further connect people of color to opportunities on City boards and commissions. Nexus Community Partners developed a program called The Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute of the Twin Cities (BCLI). The BCLI is a 7-month program that identifies, trains, and supports placement of communities of color and other underrepresented communities in publicly appointed boards and commissions in support of an equity agenda. NCR works closely with Nexus Community Partners to ensure that graduates of the BCLI are aware of the opportunities on Minneapolis’ boards and commissions. Visit the Nexus Community Partners website to learn more about the BCLI program.
One Minneapolis Fund: A small grant program that provides direct grants to community and culturally-based organizations in the city that support engagement and leadership development. The program is now in its 3rd year and has awarded 20 grants to date.
City Academy: A five week course that teaches residents about the operations and functions of city government.
Streamlined Appointment Process: The City has aligned the appointments to its boards and commissions to occur twice a year (spring and fall cycles). This allows clarity and transparency for community members as to when and which appointments are available.
Orientation, staff training and other internal supports: Training for boards and commissions support staff (including equity training), an orientation to new members and a manual for volunteers are some of the additional supports now being offered to appointed volunteers.
NCR has defined success in recruitment as meeting or exceeding 80% of city-wide demographic benchmarks of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, renter status, race/ethnicity, income and education. You can see detailed measures of these benchmarks and progress in our interactive dashboard on equitable engagement. View the bi-annual board diversity surveys...
NCR Staffed Boards and Commissions:
Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC): The NCEC works with the Neighborhood and Community Relations department to provide overall direction on the City’s community engagement efforts. Through the input and work of the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission, residents, community and neighborhood organizations will play a key role in enhancing and shaping how the City engages its residents.
Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities (MACOPD): The MACOPD is a citizen based education and advocacy group formed to expand opportunities for all children and adults with disabilities throughout Minneapolis, without regard to disability or other protected class status
NRP Policy Board: The key work of the Policy Board is to review and approve the NRP plans and to also to review the Community Participation Plan submissions from neighborhood organizations.
Minneapolis Advisory Committee on Aging: The Committee is responsible for bringing senior citizen concerns to the attention of the Mayor and City Council.
Last updated Jun 30, 2020