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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

Board of Building Code Appeals (1)
Heritage Preservation Commission (1) 

Application
Incumbent Reappointment Application

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

Or: submit application by email

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
Local Appointments List - Maddy Act
Council Liaisons to Boards and Commissions
Council Policy 7.2.19 Boards and Commissions Bylaws
Boards and Commissions Fact Sheet
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.

Origin: Council Policy 7.2.19 - Boards and Commissions
Contact: Arts Commission Members

Staff Liaison

Damon Sparacino, Superintendent of Recreation Services
Department of Library and Recreation 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

Dawna Eskridge, Chair
Term Expires 2021

Jeremie Gluckman
Term Expires 2021

Sue Serrone, Vice Chair
Term Expires 2022

Susannah Vaughan 
Term Expires 2024

Agnes Veith
Term Expires 2023

Meetings

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

Commission Work Plans and Relevant Policies

Work Plans: 20202019, 2018

Study Issues: LCS 20-01

Council Policies: 6.4.1, 6.4.2, 6.4.4

More Information

Public Art Digital Archive

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission

Purpose

The commission advises City Council on bicycle and pedestrian issues.

Origin: Council Policy 7.2.19 - Boards and Commissions
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
Category Two
Term Expires 2022

Arwen Davé
Category One
Term Expires 2021

Daniel Hafeman
Category One
Term Expires 2023

Richard Mehlinger, Chair
Category Two
Term Expires 2024

Elizabeth Mehlman, Vice Chair
Category Two
Term Expires 2022

Timothy Oey
Category One
Term Expires 2024

Scott Swail
Category One
Term Expires 2021

Meetings

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

Commission Work Plans and Relevant Policies

Work Plans: 2020, 2019, 2018

Study Issues: DPW 16-01, DPW 18-08, DPW 20-02

Relevant Documents: Bicycle Map, Bicycle Plan, Vision Zero Plan 

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

Rahul Jain
Term Expires 2023

Adam Kroll
Term Expires 2023

Gregory McNutt
Term Expires 2024

Yonghong Shen
Term Expires 2021

Vacant
Term Expires 2024

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.

Origin: Charter Sections 1013 and 1014
Contact: Board of Library Trustees

Contact person

Steve Sloan, Superintendent of Libraries
Department of Library and Recreation Services
408-730-2768

Composition

Five Council-appointed members

Qualifications

Interest in Library-related issues

Members

Alysa Cisneros
Term Expires 2024

Mark Isaak
Term Expires 2023

Rahul Jain
Term Expires 2024

Carey Lai
Term Expires 2022

Sharlene Wang 
Term Expires 2021

Meetings

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

Board Work Plans and Relevant Policies

Work Plans: 20202019, 2018

Study Issues: LCS 19-01, LCS 19-02

Council Policy: 6.2.1

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.

Origin: Charter Sections 1015 and 1016
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

Jilian Cadouri
Term Expires 2024

Steve Caroompas
Term Expires 2024

Shanna Gaudenti
Term Expires 2022

Dawn Hopkins, Vice Chair
Term Expires 2023

Dixie Larsen, Chair
Term Expires 2021

David Wu
Term Expires 2022

Vacant
Term Expires 2023

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

2020 Heritage Preservation Commission Public Hearing Process and Schedule

Commission Work Plans and Relevant Policies

Work Plans: 20202019, 2018

Study Issues: CDD 16-14, CDD 18-02CDD 19-04CDD 19-06

Council Policies: 6.3.2

Relevant Documents:  

Housing and Human Services Commission

Purpose

The commission advises City Council on programs, policies, and other issues regarding housing and human services.

Origin: Council Policy 7.2.19 - Boards and Commissions
Contact: Housing and Human Services Commission Members

Staff Liaison

Jenny Carloni, Housing Officer
Department of Community Development, Housing Division
408-730-7465

Composition

Seven Council-appointed members

Qualifications

Demonstrated interest in housing or human services issues

Members

Diana Gilbert
Term Expires 2021

Ken Hiremath, Chair
Term Expires 2021

Minjung Kwok
Term Expires 2021

Franklin Lowe
Term Expires 2024

Linda Sell
Term Expires 2022

Elinor Stetson, Vice Chair
Term Expires 2024

Emily White
Term Expires 2023

Meetings

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

Commission Work Plans and Relevant Policies

Work Plans: 20202019, 2018

Study Issues: CDD 17-09CDD 19-01

Council Policies: 5.1.1, 5.1.3

Relevant Documents: 

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.

Origin: Charter Sections 1011 and 1012
Contact: Parks and Recreation Commission Members

Staff Liaison

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

Composition

Five Council-appointed members

Qualifications

Interest in open space and recreational activities

Members

Daniel Bremond
Term Expires 2024

Gregory Dibb
Term Expires 2023

Prakash Giri, Vice Chair
Term Expires 2023

Ralph Kenton, Chair
Term Expires 2021

Mike Michitaka
Term Expires 2021

Meetings

7 p.m., second Wednesday of each month in the Laurel Room at the Senior Center at the Sunnyvale Community Center, 550 E. Remington Drive.

Commission Work Plans and Relevant Policies

Work Plans: 20202019, 2018

Study Issues: DPW 20-03, DPW 20-11, ESD 17-01, LCS 20-02, LCS 20-03

Council Policies: 7.2.1, 7.2.18, 7.3.23, 7.3.24

Personnel Board

Purpose

The board advises City Council and the City Manager in matters pertaining to personnel administration.

Origin: Charter Sections 1007 and 1008
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

Deepali Lugani (employee-nominated)
Term Expires 2022

Marc Ketzel (council-nominated)
Term Expires 2023

Victor Marsh (council-nominated)
Term Expires 2021

Barbara Schmidt, Vice Chair (council-nominated)
Term Expires 2023

Patti Selan, Chair (employee-nominated)
Term Expires 2024

Meetings

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

Board Relevant Documents

Planning Commission

Purpose

The commission advises City Council and has some decision-making authority on land use and development.

Origin: Charter Sections 1009 and 1010
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

Sue Harrison
Term Expires 2022

Daniel Howard, Chair
Term Expires 2024

John Howe
Term Expires 2024

Ken Olevson
Term Expires 2021

Ken Rheaume
Term Expires 2022

David Simons, Vice Chair
Term Expires 2023

Carol Weiss
Term Expires 2023

Meetings

7 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

Commission Work Plans and Relevant Policies

Work Plans: 20202019, 2018

Study Issues: CDD 20-01CDD 20-02CDD 14-09CDD 11-02

Council Policy: General Plan

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 (called the Climate Action Playbook) and General Plan.

Origin: Council Policy 7.2.19 - Boards and Commissions
Contact: Sustainability Commission Members

Staff Liaison

Nupur Hiremath, Environmental Programs Manager
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

Stephen Joesten
Category Two
Term Expires 2021

Douglas Kunz, Vice Chair
Category One
Term Expires 2022

Shana Padgett
Category Two
Term Expires 2022

Bruce Paton
Category One
Term Expires 2021

Murali Srinivasan
Category One
Term Expires 2023

Tonya Veitch
Category One
Term Expires 2024

Kristel Wickham, Chair
Category One
Term Expires 2024

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.

Commission Work Plans and Relevant Policies

Work Plans: 20202019, 2018

Study Issues: ESD 19-01, ESD 18-01

Council Policies: 1.1.9, 3.2.4, 3.5.1

More Information

Last Updated: Nov 2, 2020
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