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The Human Relations Commission was established by the Albany City Council in 2007 to foster a city that is stable, safe, and just. The Commission was established to strengthen and celebrate every resident of Albany by being committed to the philosophy of acceptance, inclusion, equal opportunity accessibility, dignity, and fair treatment for all.

The Commission will have the duty to make recommendations to the City Council and the City Manager as outlined in AMC 2.25.010. In formulating its recommendations, the Human Relations Commission will strive for actions that lead to positive and respectful relations committing to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the city. It is created to recommend and promote activities, programs, ordinances, expenditures, and other appropriate governmental activities that will serve to maintain respectful interactions within Albany.

The Human Relations Commission will work to ensure that historically marginalized and underrepresented people and communities in Albany have equal access to city programs and services, and representation in City decision making. The Human Relations Commission will address concerns and complaints about discrimination through education and available community resources.


Term of office: 3 years

Elyn Fisher  1/30/2023Ward 1-a12/31/2023
Keith Kolkow   C8/11/2021Ward 2-a12/31/2023
Allyson Dean  1/30/2023Ward 3-a12/31/2024
Miriam Cummins   VC1/13/2021Ward 3-b12/31/2024 1st
Greg Soriano  2/22/2021Ward 2-b12/31/2024 1st
Robyn Davis  3/22/2021Mayor12/31/2025 1st
Jamie Jones  12/15/2021Ward 1-b12/31/2025 1st

*Appointments within six months of position start date are considered full term.
C = Chair, VC = Vice Chair

All appointees shall be residents of the city of Albany, defined as maintaining their principal place of residence within the corporate boundaries of the city of Albany as they exist at the time of appointment. Should an appointee no longer meet the residency requirement, the appointee will vacate the seat immediately and the appointing Council member shall seek a replacement as soon as possible. (RES 6797, 2019)

Staff Liaison

Kim Lyddane
Parks & Recreation Director

Upcoming Meetings

Meeting Materials

March 28, 2023   
February 28, 2023  Available after meeting 
January 24, 2023 Available after meeting 
*Minutes are posted when they are approved by the body at a subsequent meeting.

Annual Reports

Human Relations Award

About the award and past winners

Limited English Proficiency Plan

English | Spanish

Pride365: A list of celebrations, rememberances, and awareness

View annual calendar

Serve on a Citizen Advisory Group

Vacancies are filled year-round with recruitment for most groups in November.


Member & Staff Manual

This manual is intended to function as both a guideline and a governing framework for the City’s standing and ad hoc advisory groups.

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