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MTC Opens Recruitment for Three Vacancies on its
Policy Advisory Council

Policy Advisory Council biographies

Updated January 8, 2015
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is recruiting for three vacant positions on its Policy Advisory Council, a citizen advisory committee created by the Commission in November 2009. The mission of the Council 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 Policy Advisory Council advises 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.

Recruitment Process

Applications for the three vacancies will be accepted through February 9, 2015. MTC Commissioners are scheduled to recommend selections in early March, and the full Commission will consider the appointments at its March 2015 meeting. Newly appointed Council members will attend their first meeting on April 8, 2015.

Applicants must be willing to serve the remainder of a four-year term, which began in September 2013 and will be completed in July 2017. Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month in the afternoon at MTC's offices in Oakland. All meetings are audio cast on the MTC web site and are open to the public.

To fill out the online application, please see the link in the yellow box at the top right side of this page.

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

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.

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