Boards & Commissions

Boards and commissions are designed to give citizens a voice in their government and provide a means of influencing decisions that shape the quality of life for the residents of our state. Participation on a board or commission is one of the most effective steps a citizen can take in becoming an active voice in their government.

Washington State has over 200 boards and commissions to which Governor Locke appoints citizen members. Appointees are responsible for advising the governor, the legislature and state agencies. In some cases, a board or commission may be responsible for setting state policy and determining how the state’s limited resources should be divided. Governor Locke takes great pride in appointing qualified, responsible members who reflect the diverse lifestyles of our state and who hold a strong belief in the public process.

General Information

Alphabetical listing of Boards and Commissions
For further information on a listing, refer to the link below under Board and Commission Descriptions.

Board and Commission Descriptions (PDF 162k)
Also includes:

  • Index of boards and commissions by functional area of state government
  • List of vacancies on boards and commissions.

Note: Board and Commission Descriptions is presented in Adobe PDF format. If you do not have the Acrobat Reader already installed on your system, a free download is available at the Adobe web site.

Boards and Commissions Membership Handbook


Application for Gubernatorial Appointment to a Board or Commission (MSWord 63k)

Note: Application for Gubernatorial Appointment to a Board or Commission is published in Microsoft Word format. If you do not have Word installed on your computer, a free viewer is available from the Microsoft web site.

You may apply for a board or commission at anytime, regardless of whether there is a current or upcoming vacancy, as resignations occur periodically throughout the year.

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