September Board Meeting Information

September Public Board Meeting

The Commission will convene its September Public Board Meeting on Saturday, September 12th, from 10 AM to 12 PM. Based on guidance from the Department of Health related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) response and in accordance with Governor Proclamation 20-28.9, the meeting will be held remotely via Zoom video conference call. A dial-in option will also be available for those who are unable to access the meeting electronically.

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This is a barrier-free event. Requests for accommodations, including translation or interpreter services, should be made to Brenda O’Brien at <> by Friday, September 4th, 5:00 PM PT. Members of the public wishing to provide public comment should sign up to provide public comment by contacting <> in advance of the meeting with the following information: name, phone number, e-mail address, and affiliated organization.

Current and Upcoming Gubernatorial Appointments

Washington is home to vibrant communities and diverse citizens who all have unique talents, skills and experiences.  Governor Inslee places a high priority on boards, commissions, and agencies that are reflective of the diverse make-up of Washington and that utilize the impressive talent of our citizens.  We are always seeking skilled and experienced individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds to participate in boards and commissions ensuring an effective and representative government.

We are excited to share the highlighted Current and Upcoming Gubernatorial Appointment Opportunities.

Anyone interested in being appointed will need to fill out this Application.  Please explore the Boards and Commissions Profiles if you are interested in learning more about the many opportunities to get involved!

This gubernatorial appointment openings list was last updated 9/9/2020.

Join the Governor’s Committee on
Disability Issues & Employment

The Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment (GCDE) is recruiting new members for our committee. GCDE members are appointed by the Governor and work on projects that impact the lives of people with disabilities.

Join us in this critical work. We want a vibrant, engaged, and diverse Committee which will work for equity for people with disabilities. Bring your talent and your passion!


  • Have a disability, be a family member of someone with a disability or be an advocate/professional working on behalf of a person with a disability.
  • Have experience working to empower people with disabilities to obtain equality of opportunity or maximum independence.
  • Possess expertise, special skills or resources that will contribute to the activities of the the committee.
  • Have leadership experience in community-based activities which enhance opportunities for people with disabilities.

Read instructions about how to apply here.

If you would like to serve on the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Employment, you can contact Elaine Stefanowicz by email at or by calling 360-890-3774 for more information.

Join Clark County’s Parks Advisory Board

Clark County is accepting applications to fill three vacancies on a seven-member Parks Advisory Board for terms that begin Jan. 1, 2021.

Board members serve three-year terms. Upon expiration of a term, a member can apply again. There is no limit on how many terms a member can serve. The Parks Advisory Board advises the Clark County Council and county staff on parks planning, acquisition, development and related issues. Applicants must be residents of Clark County.

Interested applicants should submit a brief letter of interest and résumé to Michelle Pfenning, County Manager’s Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or by email at

Application deadline is 5 pm Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.

More information about the parks board is available on the county’s website,

Puget Sound Partnership Monitoring Network Coordinator

The Puget Sound Partnership is recruiting a Monitoring Network Coordinator to coordinate collaborative monitoring and assessment efforts and product development, to inform regional ecosystem recovery efforts. The job posting closes on September 23. 

Job Announcement and Application: Monitoring Network Coordinator (Exempt)
Salary $75,000.00 – $82,000.00 Annually

NWIRP Race and Equity Consultant

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is launching an RFP for a Race and Equity consultant with robust experience in the race and equity, diversity, and inclusion field to assist with the implementation of short and longterm goals surrounding race and equity at NWIRP, as part of their 2019-2021 Strategic Framework.

RFP acceptance period closes September 18, 2020; RFP’s will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

For more information:

Port of Seattle South King County Fund

The Port of Seattle established the South King County Fund to develop equity-based partnerships and provide resources and support in historically underserved near-airport communities. The fund will award $10 million between 2019 and 2023 to address noise mitigation, environmental health and sustainability in these ethnically and culturally diverse communities.

The Port is now accepting proposals for the South King County Fund’s first funding cycle. The proposal deadline is Wednesday, September 30, 2020, by noon Pacific Time.

For the full application, go to

Eviction Rent Assistance Program

The Eviction Rent Assistance Program is now available in most counties! The COVID-19 outbreak has reduced incomes for many Washingtonians, leaving them unable to pay their rent. The program is intended to prevent evictions by paying past due and current/future rent for people needing relief. Funds are distributed by local housing providers in your community; every county’s requirements and process is different.

For more information on your county’s process, see the Washington Department of Commerce’s List of Eviction Rent Assistance Program providers.

For more information on the program, see the Department of Commerce’s page on ERAP.

RWT and RWT-BEI Grant Funds Available

The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) is offering grants of $10,000 to support school districts and tribal compact schools as they implement an RWT or RWT-BEI program. Grants will support districts as they work to increase opportunities for historically underserved students to explore careers in education. View PESB’s informational packet to learn more about the grant.

The Recruiting Washington Teachers (RWT) program is a high school teacher academy program meant to “grow our own” diverse group of future teachers who more closely reflect the student population within local communities. The Bilingual Educator Initiative (RWT-BEI) focuses on the same core mission as the original RWT program, with a distinct focus on developing future bilingual teachers. Learn more about both of these programs on PESB’s website.

Race and Civic Engagement Dialogue

APIC South Puget Sound is hosting a Race and Civic Engagement Dialogue this Saturday, September 12, from 11 AM – 1 PM. This event is for organizational leaders and community activists to examine and discuss race relations and racism and how we can work together to achieve justice in our community. The goal of the dialogue is to empower community leaders and activists with the tools they may need to have subsequent, uncomfortable yet constructive conversations in the context of their own communities unique lived experiences and form collaboration with other like-minded organizations and individuals.

Register now for the event:

Contact the sponsors Looking Back Moving Forward at and Asian Pacific Islander Coalition South Puget Sound (APIC SPS) at for more information.

Disability and Intersectionality Speaker Series

The Washington State University (WSU) Access Center is excited to tell you about their Fall 2020 Disability and Intersectionality Speaker Series. This series is intended to provide a platform for the underrepresented voices within the disability community. This series will address the intersection of disability and race, sexuality, sexual orientation, religion, and socio-economic status. We invite you to attend and share this opportunity with your peers, staff, and students. We ask interested parties to register for the presentations below and they will be emailed a Zoom link the day before the event.

Presenter  Date and Time  Registration Link 
Steve Way 09/16/2020 3:00pm – 4:30pm PT Register for Steve Way’s Presentation on Handi-care: Healthcare for Disabled Americans
Anita Cameron 09/23/2020 11:00am – 12:30pm PT Register for Anita Cameron’s Presentation on Black Disabled Voices in the Disability Revolution
Stephanie Woodward   10/07/2020 12:00pm – 1:30pm PT  Register for Stephanie Woodward’s Presentation on How Your Words can Contribute to domestic Violence Against Women
Leroy Moore 10/14/2020 12:00pm – 1:30pm PT Register for Leroy Moore’s Presentation on Black Disability in Resistance and Creating
Jose Rosario 11/04/2020 11:00am – 12:30pm PT Register for Jose Rosario’s Presentation on Empowered to Rise
Sara Minkara 11/18/2020 11:00am – 12:30pm PT Register for Sara Minkara’s Presentation on The Case for Authentic Inclusion of People with Disabilities

This series is free to everyone. You do not need to be a part of WSU to attend these presentations All presentations are offered via zoom and will include live captioning. This series is hosted by the WSU Access Center and the Disabled Students and Allies Club (DSAAC).

AAPI Unity: National Civic Leadership Forum 2020

The annual Asian American Unity Coalition’s National Civic Leadership Forum taking place Saturday, September 12th to Sunday, September 20th. Cost of attendance is FREE for all attendees.

This year’s intention is to create a virtual platform where all ethnicities making up the AAPI community and community allies can meet, learn together, and establish a working relationship with members of Congress and White House cabinet; show the strength and unity of the AAPI community; enjoy cultural events (Chef Martin Yan, from Yan Can Cook will be there!); and participate in a community auction where 100 percent of proceeds will go to non-profits around the country.

Below are different ways to participate:

  1. Become a Corporate Sponsor
  2. Become a Non-Profit/ AAPI Organization Sponsor
  3. Become an Exhibitor
  4. Become an Auction Donor
  5. Become a General Participant

This year’s conference is fully virtual and will take place on Whova. Instructions on how to register, navigate Whova, and access the auction site are included in each toolkit.

We are at a time in history where deep and lasting change is possible and NCLF 2020 is a platform for everyone to participate from the lens of the AAPI experience. Diversity means building together from all of our experiences and perspectives. I hope you can help us with our vision for this year’s conference and register for your own attendance as well!

Please contact Michelle Tran, Outreach Coordinator at or the NCLF team at if you have any questions.

AAPI Democracy Summit

Every four years, the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition of Washington (APIC-WA) holds a Democracy Summit, with the goal of encouraging and promoting culturally meaningful and holistic civic engagement in our communities.

The summit is an opportunity for our culturally, linguistically, and geographically diverse AAPI communities to build power, honor resistance, and celebrate culture. While we won’t be able to meet in person this year, we hope you will join us virtually for the 2020 AAPI Democracy Summit!

To register and for more information, go to:

Back to School Planning for Remote Learning

The Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) created Back to School toolkits for families. These lists are meant to help families and school teams create plans together. Most families won’t have all these things set up at home already, but schools should have some of these things ready to share and ideas for other community resources. Visit OEO’s website for more information, or access one of the lists below:

Census Updates

Only 20 more days to complete the count! At 71.4% in self-response rates, Washington is tied in 2nd place in nation with Wisconsin. The Census Bureau’s daily household enumeration report indicates that, as of yesterday, another 22.9% of households were enumerated in the Non-Response Follow Up effort, such that a full 94.3% of households have been counted.

This Census count will provide data that guides decision making for the next ten years. Make sure you and your household are counted today: