Citizen Advisory Boards

Des Moines Citizen Advisory Boards

A community’s greatest resource is its citizens. Through Citizen Advisory Boards, the City Council can gain valuable information and insights - and make better decisions. By serving on an advisory board, you can contribute to your community in a meaningful way. We have five standing Citizen Advisory Boards that meeting regularly. More information is available by clicking on the board name to the left.

Contact the city clerk’s office for more information about Citizen Advisory Boards.

Special Boards & Committees

Often, the City Council forms a special board or committee to tackle a particular issue. For example, a special advisory committee is preparing recommendations for a new Parks and Recreation Master Plan for the entire city. These ad hoc groups meet as needed to research the issue and prepare recommendations. Once their work is complete, meetings are discontinued.


The City of Des Moines has two openings on its Senior Services Advisory Committee.  The purpose of the senior services advisory committee is to advise the city council on policy and budgetary subjects related to senior services.  The committee terms are three years.  Committee members may serve a maximum of two full terms.  The committee meets approximately six times per year.

For more information please contact Nicole Nordholm, Management Analyst at 206-870-6546 or