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OBC Application Forms and Eligibility

To apply for a board or commission position, please follow the directions below:

Obtain and complete the Application for Mayoral Appointment to a Board or Commission and submit it to the Office of Boards and Commissions. Please include Tax Forms A+B (located below) and an updated resume or biography. Many boards have similar names, so be sure to state the full and correct name of your board preference. In order to be considered for an appointment, all candidates must complete Application for Mayoral Appointment to a Board or Commission and must include:

  •     Boards or commissions in which you are interested
  •     Name, address, telephone number(s), ward and business information
  •     Education and qualifications
  •     Community activities/organizational affiliations
  •     Declarations

Many boards have similar names, so be sure to state the full and correct name of your board preference at the top of the application, or give us a call at (202) 727-1372. You should provide some justification as to why you believe you are qualified for service on that particular board. After the appointment process for each board is completed, the resumes are maintained in a database file.

Please send the information to the following address:

Office of Boards and Commissions
Executive Office of the Mayor
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 302
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 727-1372
(202) 727-2359 (Fax)

You can also email your completed application package to: boards.commissions@dc.gov

NOTE: No Application for Mayoral Appointment to a board or commission will be reviewed until ALL documents have been submitted.

After You Have Submitted Your Application

Your application and your qualifications will be considered for the preference that you expressed on the application form. When it's time for the Mayor to make an appointment to the board, the OBC staff will provide the Mayor with candidates for recommendation based on qualifications and experience; geographic, ethnic, and gender composition; and statutory limitation of the current board. We also provide information on professional or personal experience related to the board's function.  For some boards and commissions appointments, a background security check may be conducted.


For a description of a board or commission, please call our office at (202) 727-1372 or email us at boards.commissions@dc.gov.

There may be some legal restrictions associated with the seat types. The staff of the Office of Boards and Commissions will help you determine whether you are eligible for a particular position. In addition to specific seat restrictions, you must be registered to vote prior to the last general election.

District law requires that boards and commissions appointees comply with District financial disclosure laws. It is also a policy of the administration to require that potential nominees sign a waiver form allowing the Office of Boards and Commissions to verify compliance with District tax filing requirements with the Office of Tax and Revenue.

Current statutes allow District employees to be designated appointees to boards and commissions, and District employees may also be appointed to serve as public citizens.