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Mayor's Commission on Persons with Disabilities
About the Commission
The Mayor’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities (MCPD) represents and addresses the concerns of the disability community.
Established by City ordinance in 1980, the MCPD is an appointed group of volunteers who are committed to integrating people with disabilities into all aspects of the community. A majority of the commission is composed of persons with disabilities.
Since 1990, the MCPD has acted as the City’s designated advisory body for ADA compliance. Responsibilities include:
- Advising the Mayor and City Council on matters affecting the disability community
- Reviewing and commenting on City policies, programs and actions
- Providing advice and assistance to other City boards and commissions
- Participating at the local, state and national levels for the advancement of disability rights
The Mayor's Commission on Persons with Disabilities was originally established in 1980 and has eleven seats. Each appointee may serve no more than two consecutive three year terms except in the case of an initial appointment to a vacancy with less than 12 months remaining; appointee may be permitted to serve two full consecutive terms after expiration of the initial term. Commissioners who have reached the end of their term may remain seated for up to one year with voting status with the Mayor's approval, unless an appointment is made to fill the seat.
The current MCPD roster includes:
|Thomas Gregory, Chair||9/3/2015||9/2/2018||9/8/2015||1st|
|Aaron Zisser, Co-Vice Chair||9/3/2015||9/2/2018||9/8/2015||1st|
|Caleb van Docto||9/3/2015||9/2/2018||9/8/2015||1st|
|Elise Bernstein Co-Vice Chair||9/3/2015||9/2/2018||9/8/2015||1st*|
*1st Full Term following initial appointment of less than 12 months.
Staff contact for the Mayor's Commission on Persons with Disabilities:
Sherri Rita, ADA Programmatic Access Coordinator
ADA Programs Division
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 238-6919
TTY: (510) 238-2007
Fax: (510) 238-3304
Commission Membership and Recruitment
Applicants should live or work within the City of Oakland and demonstrate relevant professional and/or personal expertise to advise the Mayor and Council on matters affecting the rights of persons with disabilities in Oakland.
How to Apply
|MCPD Recruitment Packet|
To apply to the Mayor’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities, send your completed packet, a letter of intent, and your current resume to:
Shereda F. Nosakhare
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 3rd Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Please also copy the City's ADA Coordinator at email@example.com.
You may also submit an application electronically by clicking here.
You may be invited to an interview and if you are selected, your appointment is subject to full Council approval.
To request the application materials in an alternate format please contact the ADA Programs Division at:
Voice: (510) 238-5219
TTY: (510) 238-2007
Full meetings of the MCPD are scheduled at least bimonthly (every other month) on the 3rd Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in City Hall, Hearing Room 4, except as indicated below:
*30 minute early start
**60 minute early start
Meeting Minutes and Agendas
MCPD meeting minutes are reviewed at the next meeting and are published thereafter. Lack of quorum may further delay publication of final minutes; draft minutes are available upon request. Agendas are generally posted the week prior to the meeting or may be requested by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 510.238.6919.
2016 Full Commission Meeting Agendas and Minutes (as of April 2016, MCPD meets bimonthly unless otherwise indicated)
|January 2016 Agenda||January 2016 Minutes|
|February 2016 Agenda||February 2016 Minutes|
|March 2016 Agenda||March 2016 Minutes|
|April 2016 Agenda||April 2016 Minutes|
|May 2016-No Meeting|
|June 2016 Agenda||June 2016 Minutes|
|July 2016-No Meeting|
|August 2016 Special Meeting-CANCELED||August 2016 Special Meeting-CANCELED|
|September 2016 Special Meeting Agenda||September 2016 Special Meeting Minutes|
|October 2016 Special Meeting Agenda||October 2016 Special Meeting Minutes|
|November 2016 Agenda||November 2016 Minutes|
|December 2016-No Meeting|
|January 2015 Agenda||January 2015 Minutes|
|February 2015 Agenda||February 2015 Informational Meeting|
|March 2015 - No Meeting|
|April 2015 - No Meeting|
|May 2015 Agenda||May 2015 Informational Meeting|
|June 2015 Agenda||June 2015 Informational Meeting|
|July 2015 Agenda||July 2015 Minutes|
|August Recess - No Meeting|
|September 2015 Agenda||September 2015 Minutes|
|October 2015 Agenda||October 2015 Informational Meeting|
|November 2015 Agenda||November 2015 Minutes|
|December 2015 Agenda||December 2015 Minutes|
|January 2014 Agenda||January 2014 Minutes|
|February 2014 Agenda||February 2014 Minutes|
|March 2014 Agenda||March 2014 Informational Meeting|
|April 2014 Agenda||April 2014 Minutes|
|May 2014 Agenda||May 2014 Minutes|
|June 2014 Agenda||June 2014 Minutes|
|July 2014 Agenda||July 2014 Informational Meeting|
|August Recess - No Meeting|
|September 2014 Agenda||September 2014 Minutes|
|October 2014 Agenda||October 2014 Informational Meeting|
|November 2014 Agenda||November 2014 Minutes|
|December 2014 Agenda||December 2014 Minutes|
For MCPD meeting Agendas or Minutes from CY 2009 through CY 2012: Request Archived Minutes
Each year, the Commission presents an annual report to inform the City Council of its accomplishments over the prior calendar year and its goals and objectives forthcoming. The reports are informational in nature. Recent reports are available below. For reports prior to Calendar Year 2006, please use the City's Legislative Search feature.
MCPD will form ad-hoc committees as-needed. The MCPD does not currently have standing committees or subcommittees. Members of the public are welcome to participate on ad hoc committees. Please contact email@example.com or call 510.238.6919 for additional information.
Information about previous committee meetings can be accessed here.
Information for Commission Members
This year's filing deadline for the Form 700 has passed. The City Clerk’s webpage for Form 700 links and the online filing portal: Elections and Compliance
The Handbook for Board and Commission Members is published by the City’s Public Ethics Commission (PEC). This aims to help inform board/commission members to ethics and transparency laws related to their public service, so feel free to distribute to your members annually or upon taking office. Here is the PEC website link: Board and Commission Members
One-page Fact Sheet that summarizes some of what is in the Handbook; a useful quick review of the laws that can accompany the Handbook: Fact Sheet for Board and Commission Members