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Boards and Commissions

The City has a strong tradition of community participation, one of which is through volunteer service on a board or commission. Boards and Commissions advise City Council on specific policy issues and provide a forum and opportunity for broad community input. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis; appointments are made by City Council as needed throughout the year.

  • You must be a resident of Sunnyvale and registered voter of the City to apply for a position on a City board or commission, unless otherwise noted.
  • Members serve four-year terms, unless otherwise noted.

Current Openings

Arts Commission (1 vacancy)
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (1 vacancy)
Board of Building Code Appeals (2 vacancies)
Housing and Human Services Commission (1 vacancy)
Parks and Recreation Commission (1 vacancy)
Personnel Board (1 vacancy)

Deadline: Applications for current vacancies are due to the City Clerk's office by 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. Applications received after the deadline will be considered for future openings.

Application
Incumbent Reappointment Application

Return to:
Office of the City Clerk
603 All America Way
Sunnyvale 94086

Boards and Commissions Details

Select the appropriate section below for more information about individual City boards and commissions, including description, membership, contact information and meeting times and locations.

Roster of Board and Commission Members
Council Liaisons to Boards and Commissions
Council Policy 7.2.19 Boards and Commissions Bylaws
Meeting details, agendas, minutes and audio-video — for all Boards and Commissions

Arts Commission

Purpose

The commission advises City Council regarding the development and promotion of arts programs and activities.
Contact: Arts Commission Members

Staff Liaison

Damon Sparacino, Superintendent of Community Services
Department of Library and Community Services
408-730-7342

Composition

Five Council-appointed members.

Qualifications

Demonstrated interest in visual, performing or literary arts and in the art programs of the City.

Members

Susannah Vaughan, Chair
Term Expires 2020

Dawna Eskridge, Vice Chair
Term Expires 2021

Vacant
Term Expires 2023

Sue Serrone
Term Expires 2022

Jeremie Gluckman
Term Expires 2021

Meetings

7 p.m., third Wednesday of each month in the Neighborhood Room located at the Recreation Building at the Sunnyvale Community Center, 550 E. Remington Drive.

More Information

Public Art Digital Archive

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission

Purpose

The commission advises City Council on bicycle and pedestrian issues.
Contact: Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Members

Staff Liaison

Ralph Garcia, Senior Transportation Engineer
Department of Public Works
408-730-7551

Composition

Seven council-appointed members chosen from two categories:

Category 1
Four members representing bicyclists and pedestrians who live in Sunnyvale.
Category 2
Three members representing parent groups, neighborhood associations, school administrators, teachers, commute coordinators for major employers in the city or anyone interested in park and recreational activities in the City. You do not have to be a registered voter.

Qualifications

Interest in bicycle and pedestrian issues.

Members

Richard Mehlinger, Chair
Term Expires 2020

John Cordes, Vice Chair
Term Expires 2022

Timothy Oey
Term Expires 2020

Vacant
Term Expires 2021

Elizabeth Mehlman
Term Expires 2022

Scott Swail
Term Expires 2021

Daniel Hafeman
Term Expires 2023

Meetings

6:30 p.m., third Thursday of each month in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 456 W. Olive Ave.

Board of Building Code Appeals

Purpose

The board has final decision-making authority in all appeals related to building construction, including interpretation of building codes.
Contact: Board of Building Code Appeals Members

Staff Liaison

Trudi Ryan, Director of Community Development
408-730-7444

Composition

Five Council-appointed members

Qualifications

Experience in building construction matters

Members

Vacant
Term Expires 2023

Vacant
Term Expires 2023

Gregory McNutt
Term Expires 2020

Mike Michitaka
Term Expires 2020

Yonghong Shen
Term Expires 2021

Meetings

Meetings are held only when necessary at 6 p.m., the third Wednesday of the month in the West Conference Room, City Hall, 456 W. Olive Ave.

Board of Library Trustees

Purpose

The board provides advises Council regarding Library-related issues.
Contact: Board of Library Trustees

Contact person

Cherise Brandell, PhD, Interim Director of Library and Community Services
Department of Library and Community Services
408-730-7314

Composition

Five Council-appointed members

Qualifications

Interest in Library-related issues

Members

Carey Lai, Chair
Term Expires 2022

Daniel Bremond
Term Expires 2020

Tina Hwang
Term Expires 2020

Mark Isaak
Term Expires 2023

Sharlene Wang, Vice Chair
Term Expires 2021

Meetings

7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month in the Library Program Room, 665 W. Olive Ave.

Heritage Preservation Commission

Purpose

The commission advises City Council and has certain decision-making authority on the restoration, maintenance and operation of heritage resources throughout the City.
Contact: Heritage Preservation Commission Members

Staff Liaison

George Schroeder, Senior Planner
Community Development Department, Planning Division
408-730-7440

Composition

Seven Council-appointed members

Qualifications

Interest in the preservation of historic resources

Members

Shanna Gaudenti
Term Expires 2022

Dawn Hopkins
Term Expires 2023

Steve Caroompas
Term Expires 2020

Dixie Larsen, Chair
Term Expires 2021

Mike Michitaka
Term Expires 2020

Melanie Holthaus, Vice Chair
Term Expires 2023

David Wu
Term Expires 2022

Meetings

7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every other month (and on the first Wednesday of alternate months when needed) in the West Conference Room at City Hall, 456 W. Olive Ave.

More Information

2019 Heritage Preservation Commission Public Hearing Process and Schedule

Housing and Human Services Commission

Purpose

The commission advises City Council on programs, policies, and other issues regarding housing and human services.
Contact: Housing and Human Services Commission Members

Staff Liaison

Jenny Carloni, Housing Officer
Department of Community Development, Housing Division
408-730-2784

Composition

Seven Council-appointed members.

Qualifications

Demonstrated interest in housing or human services issues

Members

Joshua Grossman, Vice Chair
Term Expires 2020

Vacant
Term Expires 2022

Emily White
Term Expires 2023

Diana Gilbert, Chair
Term Expires 2021

Ken Hiremath
Term Expires 2021

Minjung Kwok
Term Expires 2021

Elinor Stetson
Term Expires 2020

Meetings

7 p.m., on the fourth Wednesday each month in the West Conference Room at City Hall, 456 W. Olive Ave.

Parks and Recreation Commission

Purpose

The commission advises City Council in matters and services pertaining to parks, open space, playgrounds, entertainment and other cultural and recreational activities.
Contact: Parks and Recreation Commission Members

Staff Liaison

Damon Sparacino, Superintendent of Community Services
Department of Library and Community Services
408-730-7342

Composition

Five Council-appointed members

Qualifications

Interest in open space and recreational activities

Members

Ralph Kenton, Chair
Term Expires 2021

Daniel McCune
Term Expires 2021

Henry Alexander III
Term Expires 2020

Prakash Giri, Vice Chair
Term Expires 2023

Vacant
Term Expires 2023

Meetings

7 p.m., second Wednesday of each month in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 456 W. Olive Ave.

Personnel Board

Purpose

The board advises City Council and the City Manager in matters pertaining to personnel administration.
Contact: Personnel Board Members

Staff Liaison

Tina Murphy, Director of Human Resources
Human Resources Department
408-730-7490

Composition

Five members: three Council-appointed seats, two employee-nominated seats

Qualifications

Cannot be a current or former City employee
Cannot be public official or current candidate
Cannot be an employee of a public agency
Cannot have a spouse, household member or family members employed by the city in a position that has the right to have a disciplinary matter heard before the Personnel Board

Members

Victor Marsh
Term Expires 2021

Deepali Lugani
Term Expires 2022

Barbara Schmidt
Term Expires 2023

Vacant
Term Expires 2023

Patti Selan, Vice Chair
Term Expires 2020

Meetings

5 p.m., the third Monday of each month as necessary in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 456 W. Olive Ave.

Planning Commission

Purpose

The commission advises City Council and has some decision-making authority on land use and development.
Contact: Planning Commission Members

Staff Liaison

Andrew Miner, Assistant Director
Community Development Department, Planning Division
408-730-7440

Composition

Seven Council-appointed members

Qualifications

Registered Sunnyvale voter

Members

Ken Rheaume
Term Expires 2022

Carol Weiss
Term Expires 2023

Sue Harrison
Term Expires 2022

John Howe
Term Expires 2020

Daniel Howard, Chair
Term Expires 2020

Ken Olevson
Term Expires 2021

David Simons, Vice Chair
Term Expires 2023

Meetings

8 p.m., the second and fourth Monday of each month in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 456 W. Olive Ave.

More Information

How to Make a Presentation at a Planning Commission Meeting

Sustainability Commission

Purpose

The commission advises City Council to provide expertise on major policy areas related to the environmental sustainability goals of the Climate Action Plan (CAP) and General Plan.
Contact: Sustainability Commission Members

Staff Liaison

Nupur Hiremath, Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Services Department
408-730-7743

Composition

Seven Council-appointed members chosen from two categories:
Category 1
Registered Sunnyvale voters
Category 2
Members of the Sunnyvale business community who do not have to be registered Sunnyvale voters

Qualifications

Demonstrated interest in environmental sustainability issues.

Members

Bruce Paton, Chair
Term Expires 2021

Kristel Wickham, Vice Chair
Term Expires 2020

Murali Srinivasan
Term Expires 2023

Stephen Joesten
Term Expires 2021

Douglas Kunz
Term Expires 2022

Shana Padgett
Term Expires 2022

Steven Zornetzer
Term Expires 2020

Meetings

7 p.m., on the third Monday of each month in the West Conference Room at City Hall, 456 W. Olive Ave. If the third Monday is a City-observed holiday, the meeting will be on the third Tuesday of the month.

Last Updated: Aug 8, 2019
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