Reaching Gender Parity by 2030

The most effective boards reflect the demographics and experiences of the communities they serve. That’s why we created Appointed. Although women comprise more than half of the population, they hold less than one-third of civic board seats in our region, and 32% of civic boards have no women at all. Appointed is a non-partisan initiative that identifies opportunities for women to serve on civic boards and commissions. We provide support and training opportunities and are a resource available to connect elected officials to interested board candidates.

It Makes a Difference.
Women in leadership makes a difference. Diverse boards use better governance practices and make better decisions. They also get results; research shows that corporate boards with more gender and racial diversity have better financial performance.



The value of this project is in the diversity of its participants. We encourage women from all backgrounds to apply.

Board Basics Appointed 101

What is a Civic Board?
Civic boards and commissions are public entities in which members are appointed by a government entity, usually an elected official. The appointed members are volunteers who make critical decisions about our community. There are more than 300 civic boards and commissions including zoning commissions, planning commissions, mental health board, library boards and many, many others. No matter what your lived experience, there is probably a board that addresses an issue you care about.

Explore Your Potential Civic Board Options

Find Your Civic Passion

Review Boards and Commissions in Your County

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Join a community of women seeking civic leadership by filling out this form. 

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Get Informed & Stay Connected.

Through training sessions and online resources, you will have the chance to learn more. As vacancies arise, we will share those opportunities by county. 

Review our frequently asked questions


We want our civic boards to reflect our entire community. Share the experience with your network. 

Local Boards & Commissions

Select your county to review local government websites below.


Review our additional resources on leadership development and individual state guidelines.

Please Note.

The goal of Appointed is to increase the pool of candidates for civic boards. The Women’s Fund does not make appointments. Participating in Appointed does not guarantee that you will be recommended for a specific board position, or that you will be appointed to a board. A separate candidate application will be required before being considered for any board position, according to the parameters set by the appointing government body.

Appointed was inspired by the Appointments Project of United WE. Thank you for your leadership.