Get Involved

Communities are stronger when they are co-created with everyone. We want you to join us in making San Rafael even better. In fall 2021, we are inviting input about how to make communications be more inclusive of all residents. Click this page for more details.


Volunteers provide valuable help to the City of San Rafael and gain great personal satisfaction knowing they have contributed to our community. Find out about the many opportunities to help in city departments, outdoors or at special events.

Boards and Commissions

The San Rafael City Council has formed a variety of boards, commissions, and committees to assist them in information gathering and the deliberative process. Boards and Commissions are vital to the operation of the City and ensure public involvement in the governmental process. City Board and Commission members are members of the public appointed by the Mayor and the City Council. For more information about Boards and commissions, please visit the Board & Commissions page.

How to become a Board or Commission member

Board and Commission openings occur when a member resigns or their term expires. When a position becomes available the City Clerk's Office calls for applications to fill the vacancy. During the open application period interested persons may submit an application to the City Clerk's office. After the close of the filing period the applications are forwarded to a  City Council subcommittee for review and/or an interview is scheduled. This process takes an average of one month after the close of the application period. The process may take longer if insufficient applications are received and the application period is extended. For more information on available positions, upcoming term expirations, or to apply please visit the Board & Commission webpage.

Close window