SC City and County Boards
Local boards and commissions are advisory or regulatory groups that work with cities and counties. Regulatory groups set licensing standards and professional requirements for members. Advisory groups provide guidance to the program or agency with which they are affiliated. Board and commission members are unpaid volunteers. Examples of local boards or commissions include Planning and Zoning, Libraries, Health, and Compensation.
The South Carolina Women’s Leadership Network (SC WIL) has been working to broaden diversity of gender, race, and perspective on city, county, and state boards and commissions for the past two years. The process of aggregating information from 271 cities and towns, 46 counties, and innumerable state boards has been laborious and illuminating. To achieve our goal of increasing the visibility of opportunities for public service, our staff communicates with city and county clerks months to update data presently housed in many different systems.
Soon, with the help of many smart partners and a grant from the Knight Foundation, we hope to make finding the right opportunity for public service in your home community easier. In the same manner, we are working to make the process of viewing, vetting, and selecting qualified board members more efficient and timely.
In the interim while we are working, visit the links below to find openings where you live. Joining local boards and commissions now can help to open future leadership possibilities to other women in your area.