A 25-member Board of Commissioners appointed by the Governor supports CaliforniaVolunteers. Its role is to carry out the mission and objectives of CaliforniaVolunteers and fulfill the statutory responsibilities for State Commissions under the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993.

Commission members, who serve no more than two three-year terms and do not receive a salary, function as "Ambassadors of Service" in their local communities to promote service opportunities, and to encourage service by all Californians. Commissioners also participate in the following activities on behalf of CaliforniaVolunteers:

  • Approve grantmaking policies, procedures, and funding proposals submitted to the Corporation for National and Community Service;
  • Advise and participate in the work of CaliforniaVolunteers including policy, communication and program decision making, and special initiatives, by attending meetings and participating on committees, working groups, and task forces;
  • Reach out to specific constituencies such as government, nonprofits, business, labor , and communities of faith to seek their participation in and support of CaliforniaVolunteers activities and programs;
  • Coordinate with other state agencies and volunteer service programs to ensure a comprehensive and integrated service system within the state;
  • Promote community service throughout the state by representing CaliforniaVolunteers at service related events and venues;
  • Support CaliforniaVolunteers funded programs by participating in site visits and speaking at launch or graduation activities; and,
  • Participate in the development of the annual state service plan often called the Unified State Plan


The following people are CaliforniaVolunteers Commissioners:

To learn more about an individual Commissioner, click his or her name in the list below. Please note that bios are not currently available for all Commissioners.

  • Lisa Spinali, Chair
  • Kathy McKim, Vice Chair
  • Charles Adams III
  • Ted Benito
  • Donna Bojarsky
  • Jill Bolton
  • Laurie Cannady
  • Clara Chiu
  • Karla Crawford
  • Kimberly Freeman
  • Wendy Garen
  • Robert Goodwin
  • Jeffrey Hoffman
  • Rita Holiday
  • Henry Lozano
  • Kenneth Martinet
  • Sharon O'Rourke
  • Amanda Plasencia
  • David Porges
  • Mark Pulido
  • Julie Quinn
  • Yvette Radford
  • Tim Strauch
  • Robert Weist

Commissioner Meeting Agendas

Commissioner meeting agendas can be found on our Public Notices page.