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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

Recruitment is underway for the following upcoming board and commission openings:

  • Board of Building Code Appeals (1 as of July 26)
  • Board of Library Trustees (1)
  • Personnel Board (2)
  • Sustainability Commission (1 as of July 26)

Application
Incumbent Reappointment Application

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

Board and Commission List

Select the appropriate section below for more information about individual City boards and commissions, including description, membership, links to schedules, meeting agendas and minutes.

Roster of Board and Commission Members
Council Liaisons to 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

Daniel Wax, 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

David Koppel, Chair
Term Expires 2019

Roberta Kiphuth, Vice Chair
Term Expires 2018

Dawna Eskridge
Term Expires 2021

Darien Laird
Term Expires 2021

Susannah Vaughan
Term Expires 2020

Meetings

7 p.m., third Wednesday of each month in the Neighborhood Room, located in the Recreation Building at the 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

John Cordes, Chair
Term Expires 2018

Catherine Barry
Term Expires 2020

Susan Bremond
Term Expires 2021

Timothy Oey
Term Expires 2020

Angela Rausch
Term Expires 2018

Scott Swail
Term Expires 2021

Kyle Welch
Term Expires 2019

Meetings

6:30 p.m., third Thursday of each month in the West Conference Room 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

Joshua Grossman
Term Expires 2019

Petya Kisyova
Term Expires 2019

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

Cynthia Bojorquez, 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 2018

Daniel Bremond
Term Expires 2020

Tina Hwang
Term Expires 2020

Mark Isaak
Term Expires 2019

Vacant
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

Ryan Kuchenig, Senior Planner
Community Development Department, Planning Division
408-730-7440

Composition

Seven Council-appointed members

Qualifications

Interest in the preservation of historic resources

Members

Mike Michitaka, Chair
Term Expires 2020

Hannalore Dietrich, Vice Chair
Term Expires 2018

Melanie Holthaus
Term Expires 2020

Dawn Hopkins
Term Expires 2018

Dixie Larsen
Term Expires 2018

Dale Mouritsen
Term Expires 2018

Kenneth Valenzuela
Term Expires 2019

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.

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

Suzanne Ise, Housing Officer
Department of Community Development, Housing Division
408-730-7698

Composition

Seven Council-appointed members.

Qualifications

Demonstrated interest in housing or human services issues

Members

Patti Evans, Chair
Term Expires 2019

Minjung Kwok, Vice Chair
Term Expires 2021

Diana Gilbert
Term Expires 2021

Joshua Grossman
Term Expires 2020

Ken Hiremath
Term Expires 2021

Avanindar Singh
Term Expires 2018

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

Daniel Wax, Superintendent of Community Services
Department of Library and Community Services
408-730-7342

Composition

Seven Council-appointed members

Qualifications

Interest in open space and recreational activities

Members

Henry Alexander III, Chair
Term Expires 2019

Ralph Kenton, Vice Chair
Term Expires 2021

Irene Gabashvili
Term Expires 2019

Daniel McCune
Term Expires 2021

Craig Pasqua
Term Expires 2019

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

Teri Silva, 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

Traci Oberman, Chair
Term Expires 2018

Justin Brown
Term Expires 2021

Barbara Schmidt
Term Expires 2019

Vacant
Term Expires 2019

Vacant
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, Planning Officer
Community Development Department, Planning Division
408-730-7440

Composition

Seven Council-appointed members

Qualifications

Registered Sunnyvale voter

Members

Sue Harrison, Chair
Term Expires 2018

Ken Rheaume, Vice Chair
Term Expires 2018

John Howe
Term Expires 2020

Daniel Howard
Term Expires 2020

Ken Olevson
Term Expires 2021

David Simons
Term Expires 2019

Carol Weiss
Term Expires 2019

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, Environmental Engineering 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

Amit Srivastava, Vice Chair
Term Expires 2018

Dan Hafeman
Term Expires 2019

Stephen Joesten
Term Expires 2021

Petya Kisyova
Term Expires 2018

Kristel Wickham
Term Expires 2020

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: Jul 18, 2017
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