Women are underrepresented on boards
and commissions. We're working to change that.

Established by the Women’s Foundation in 2014, Appointments Project® works to empower women and strengthen communities by increasing the gender diversity of public boards and commissions. Through a landmark study, we identified the barriers causing women to be underrepresented on public boards and commissions, and we established the Appointments Project to improve the number of women serving.  

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By helping promote more women to public boards and commissions, we are closing the gender gap and ensuring women have the opportunity to make a difference on public policy issues.
— Wendy Doyle | President & CEO, Women’s Foundation

Our mission is to empower women to serve on public boards and commissions. Our goal is for appointees to appropriately reflect the communities they serve.  We accomplish this by navigating women and elected officials through the application and appointment process.

Our Process: 

We educate women on the need and importance of their representation on public boards and commissions.

We manage a talent bank of women interested in serving on public boards and commissions. Our database allows us to match expertise, interests, and skills with available openings.

We engage elected officials on the appointment process and encourage the adoption of best practices.

Please click on the geographic region where you reside and are interested in serving on a board or commission and complete the application of interest to serve: 


By filling out this form, you are not officially applying to public boards, commissions, task forces, and/or committees. A separate application is required, however we recommend working with the Women’s Foundation Appointments Project® prior to applying.   Although the Appointments Project® is a resource for women that can provide training and may advocate on an applicant’s behalf, the Women’s Foundation has no authority or official role whatsoever with respect to appointing personnel.  Participation in the Appointments Project® does not mean that the Women’s Foundation will recommend anyone for any position or that applicants will in any way be advantaged in the appointment or nomination process for any such position.  Ultimately, the Project may choose to share information submitted by applicants with the administration.