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The Human Relations Commission (HRC) was established in 2007 by the Albany City Council to strengthen connections within Albany’s diverse community by being committed to the philosophy of inclusion, equal opportunity, fair treatment for all residents of Albany and promoting harmonious relations among the citizens of Albany.

It was created to recommend programs, activities, ordinances, expenditures, and other appropriate governmental activities which will serve the goal of maintaining respectful interactions within our community. The HRC recommendations are submitted to the City Council and City Manager.

In formulating its recommendations, the HRC strives for actions that lead to positive and respectful relations committing to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the community.  The duties of the Commission do not include the investigation or sanctioning of individual acts of unlawful or discriminatory behavior, but instead focus on recommending community activities that may be expected to promote positive change.

Annual Reports

Human Relations Award

Limited English Proficiency Plan

English | Spanish


Term of office: 3 years

Miriam Cummins1/13/2021Ward 3-a12/31/2021
Leslie Chartier1/13/2021Ward 3-b12/31/2021
Greg Soriano2/22/2021Ward 2-b12/31/2021
Derrick Samuels1/13/2021Ward 1-b12/31/2022 1st
Juan Meave2/22/2021Ward 2-a12/31/2023 1st
Stephanie Newton C1/10/2018Ward 1-a12/31/2023 2nd

C = Chair, VC = Vice Chair   Find your council ward

Staff Liaison

Kim Lyddane
Parks & Recreation Director

Upcoming Meetings

There are no upcoming meetings scheduled for this group.

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Meeting Materials

DateAgendaApproved MinutesAudio/Video
February 24, 2021
Special meeting with Albany City Council

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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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