Thinking about public service?
Service on a public board or commission is OPEN to all registered voters of Orleans Parish who also live in Orleans Parish. This is intentional and gives all eligible voters the opportunity to serve in an official capacity.
Some of the seats on boards and commissions have additional requirements. Those requirements may be (but are not limited to) the following:
- City Council district
- Taxing district (as defined in the establishing legislation of that specific body)
- Persons with disabilities
- Military service
- HIV status
There are generally three different types of appointments.
Direct Appointment: The nominating entity decides on a person to serve and a letter of appointment is sent to the board or commission.
Confirmed Appointment: After the nominating entity decides on a nominee, the City Council confirms the appoint. This requires the completion of a questionnaire (which is public record) and an appearance before the Governmental Affairs Committee of City Council.
External Nominee Appointment: Entities (outside of City government) submit nominees to the appointing entity. Then it follows the same process as the confirmed appointment.
The time from when a seat becomes vacant to seating a new member varies greatly and depends on significant number of factors.
What is a nominating entity?
Every person serving on a board or commission comes to the role through a process. Most often a person is nominated to serve. Below are the people with the capacity to nominate a person to serve on a board or commission.
- The mayor
- Members of the New Orleans City Council
- The governor
- Members of the Louisiana State Legislature
- Presidents or mayors of adjacent parishes (for regional boards and commissions)
Local Universities and Colleges (via the president or chancellor)
- Delgado Community College
- Dillard University
- Loyola University
- Our Lady of Holy Cross University
- Southern University of New Orleans
- Tulane University
- University of New Orleans
- Xavier University
Professional associations or organizations
- New Orleans Chamber of Commerce
- American Institute of Architects (New Orleans chapter)
- Greater New Orleans, Incorporated
- Preservation Resource Center
- New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce
- Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Asian Chamber of Commerce
- Port of New Orleans
- Greater New Orleans American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
- Vietnamese Initiatives in Economic Training