Boards, Authorities and Commissions (BACs)
Boards, authorities and commissions are advisory councils responsible for public and private matters such as transportation, waste management and urban renewal. Serving on a BAC is a meaningful way to be involved civically in your region and, as a representative of your area, you can make decisions that have real impact on your community.
Having diverse members of BACs allows all people to be represented and can ensure diversity of ideas. BACs are more efficient and democratic when representation is equal to the population being served. In fall 2016, it was reported that minority representation on BACs is on par with the population of the communities served, however women are not adequately represented and are strongly encouraged to apply for open positions.
Allegheny County BACs
Allegheny County has 40 active BACs, and more information about them and any current openings can be found here on the County’s website. Use that page to apply for a position or email a cover letter and resume directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Pittsburgh BACs
The City of Pittsburgh has 26 BACs, and more information about them can be found here on the City’s website.
Local Community Groups
Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition
The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition (SHUC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with a mission to preserve the history of Squirrel Hill, embrace diversity, and connect neighbors.
Western PA Conservancy
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy protects and restores exceptional places to provide our region with clean waters and healthy forests, wildlife and natural areas for the benefit of present and future generations.
Tree Pittsburgh is an environmental non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the City’s vitality by restoring and protecting the urban forest through tree maintenance, planting, education and advocacy.