About the Appointments Advisory Committee

The Mayor's Appointments Advisory Committee (AAC) is entrusted with making nonpartisan and informed recommendations for appointments to critical boards and commissions that serve the community. The City will advertise and accept positions for board and commission seats as they become vacant. Members of the AAC reviews applications for relevant boards and commissions, then recommend finalists to the Mayor. The Mayor will make the final selection and submit the final candidate to the City Council for confirmation as required by City Charter. Members will review applicants based on relevant qualifications and skills and their ability and commitment to represent and serve the interests of the entire community. Members are also required to uphold all equal opportunity standards.

  • Members

  • Boards & Commissions under the AAC

The AAC is a five-person committee, all of whom must be Somerville residents. The members serve three-year terms and meet on the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. The current members of the AAC are: 

  • Jennifer Blundell
  • Martin Cawsey
  • Alexandre Galimberti

The AAC reviews applications for the following boards and commissions:

  • Affordable Housing Trust Fund
  • Board of Health
  • Condominium Review Board
  • Conservation Commission
  • Design Review Committee
  • Ethics Commission
  • Job Creation and Retention Trust Board
  • Historic Preservation Commission 
  • Housing Authority Board
  • Licensing Commission
  • Planning Board
  • Redevelopment Authority
  • Traffic Commission
  • Zoning Board of Appeals

If you are interested in serving on a Somerville board or commission, visit Get Involved: Be Somerville for a list of current vacancies.