Advisory Committees

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What are Advisory Committees?

Advisory committees are a structured way for individual community members to share their opinions and perspectives, study issues, and develop recommendations in a focused small group.

Their primary purpose is to provide judicious advice, from a community member's perspective, to the Olympia City Council.

Committee activities may include study of critical issues, hearing public testimony, independent research, and reviewing staff reports and recommendations - all of which is intended so that the committee is prepared to discuss, formulate, and forward well-developed, thoughtful recommendations to the City Council in a timely manner.

To reduce barriers to community member participation, beginning April 1, 2021, the City will offer stipends of $25 per meeting attended to Advisory Committee members. Those members who certify as low income are eligible to receive stipends of $50 per meeting attended. Advisory Committee members may waive the stipend upon request.

Join an Advisory Committee

Applications for Advisory Committee appointments are accepted from November to January each year.


For general information about Olympia's advisory committees, contact Kellie Purce Braseth at 360.753.8361 or

For information about a specific committee, please contact that committee's staff liaison.

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