Serving on a board or commission

Learn more about serving on a board or commission.

Governor Healey appoints constituents to more than 700 local and state boards and commissions that serve every department and public policy area. We are committed to identifying diverse candidates with varied backgrounds who reflect the numerous communities of the Commonwealth. Find information about serving on a board and the state conflict of interest and ethics laws that govern board and committee membership.

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Serving on a board or commission

Joining a board or commission allows you to:

  • Be actively involved in state and local government
  • Impact policy decisions
  • Build skills in policy, advocacy, leadership, and more
  • Expand professional networks

As a board or commission member, you will be expected to contribute your time and expertise. You will be required to attend meetings regularly and stay informed about issues affecting your board or commission.

If you have questions about a specific position or would like to report a change in your board or commission status, please contact the Boards and Commissions Office.

Conflict of interest and ethics laws

With a few exceptions, members of boards and commissions are subject to the State Conflict of Interest and Ethics Laws. Please review each pertinent section, along with information on how the conflict of interest law applies to appointed members of state boards and commissions prior to submitting your application.

You may also contact the State Ethics Commission at 617.371.9500 for free, confidential advice about how the laws apply to you.

Additional Resources

Contact   for Serving on a board or commission


Governor’s Office, Boards and Commissions
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Room 271-M, Boston, MA 02133

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