Sat, Oct 02


via Zoom

Seek Appointed Office!

Join WIRE to learn about appointed offices, what local boards and commissions do, and how to apply.

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Seek Appointed Office!

Time & Location

Oct 02, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

via Zoom

About the Event

Interested in getting more involved in your community? Is there a change you would like to see in your community?  A Board or Commission seat is an excellent first step in government leadership!  

Each county, city, or town has different boards, commissions, or committees overseeing various subject areas and holds different application processes.  

Join WIRE for a moderated panel discussion of what commissions do and how to apply.  Panelists will also share their insights on how to prepare for interviews and successfully be appointed. 


  • What is the role and importance of appointed positions and what is rewarding about serving on appointed positions.
  • How does the appointment process work, including where to find vacancies and the qualifications or expectations for appointed positions. 
  • How to prepare to be successfully appointed including the application paperwork and interview.


Lorianna Kastrop - Redwood City Port Commissioner and former Redwood City School District Board of Trustees

Liz Kniss - Former Mayor of Palo Alto and former Santa Clara County Supervisor

Bonnie Mace - Executive Director of the Santa Clara County School Boards Association and former Evergreen Elementary School Board Member

Diane Papan - Councilmember and former Mayor of City of San Mateo

Moderated by Emily Lo - Former Mayor of Saratoga 


This meeting will be recorded for viewing later by those that were not able to attend live.  Please be aware that this Zoom session, including participants’ video and audio, is being recorded by, and may be publicly distributed by, WIRE for Women. By joining this session, you consent to being recorded.