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Advisory Council

MTC Policy Advisory Council

Policy Advisory Council biographies

Updated August 2015
The mission of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's Policy Advisory Council – a citizen advisory committee created by the Commission in November 2009 – is to advise MTC on transportation policies in the San Francisco Bay Area, incorporating diverse perspectives relating to the environment, the economy and social equity.

The Council meets regularly to advise MTC on a range of dynamic topics including regional planning efforts linking transportation, housing and land use plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; public transit service productivity improvements; cost-effectiveness measures for the region’s transportation system; and strategies to secure new revenues for transportation in the Bay Area, among other issues.

Membership Structure and Appointments

The membership of the Policy Advisory Council is structured around interests related to the economy, the environment and social equity.

A total of nine (9) economy and environment representatives are appointed, and are considered at-large seats. Appointment recommendations are made by the MTC Chair and Vice Chair. The make-up of the nine representatives must be as follows:

  • Four of the nine members represent economic interests and four bring an environmental perspective; the ninth member may be selected from either category.
  • In addition, five of the nine must be from each of the five most populous Bay Area counties – Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara.

A total of eighteen (18) equity representatives are appointed, are county based, and are recommended by the Commissioners in each county. The make-up of the 18 representatives must be as follows:

  • Nine members (one from each county) represent communities of color and issues affecting low-income communities or environmental justice. Of these, four members represent communities of color and four members represent environmental justice/low-income issues; the ninth member may be selected from either category.
  • Nine members (one from each county) represent issues related to transportation for seniors and persons with disabilities. Four members represent seniors and four members represent people with disabilities; the ninth member may be selected from either category.

Individuals representing economic, environmental or equity interests should have either a work, academic or extensive volunteer background in the subject, or be extremely familiar with related issues from life experience.


Advisors are appointed for four-year terms. The current term began in September 2013 and will be completed in July 2017. Vacancies occur periodically as advisors move or are otherwise unable to fulfill their term, and vacancies are announced on this web page as seats become open.

More Information

For more information, see the box above, at right, contact the MTC Public Information Office at 510.817.5757 or send an email to