Thank you for your interest in applying to the Public Boards and Commissions Training.

Public Boards and Commissions are important bodies for impacting communities at the state, regional and local levels. While the State has more regulatory boards, local and regional commissions are instrumental in shaping key policy decisions, as well as designing and providing input on administration of county and city services.

Sponsored by The James Irvine Foundation, the Public Boards and Commissions Training is designed to train the AABLI Alumni on the commissions process. In the full-day training, participants will learn about the application process, how to position themselves to be seated, the various commission positions, and will have the opportunity to interact with experienced commissioners.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
9AM to 4PM
Location: The California Endowment
STATE COMMISSIONS: The State of California has more than 340 boards and commissions. Appointments are made by the Governor, Speaker of the Assembly and Senate Pro Temp.

Saturday, March 18, 2017
9AM to 4PM
Location: The California Endowment
CITY COMMISSIONS: Some city departments are headed by an advisory or controlling board or commission appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation of the Council. There are few boards and commissions that are appointed by each of the 15 council members (per the City of Los Angeles).

Saturday, May 6, 2017
9AM to 4PM
Location: The California Endowment
COUNTY COMMISSIONS: The Board of Supervisors has established numerous committees and commissions to involve the public in County-related issues and to advise and make recommendations to the Board on those issues (per the County of Los Angeles).

The cost is $99 per module. Space is limited to 12 – 15 alumni. Those selected should be committed to serving on a commission. Dates are subject to change.

The application process requires three steps:

  1. Complete the online application below.
  2. Submit your most current resume/CV and a brief bio to
  3. After notice of acceptance, tuition is due immediately (payable via PayPal or check)

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