Join the Public Ethics Commission

Help shape accountable government!

The Public Ethics Commission seeks talented candidates with a passion for public service to volunteer 5-10 hours a month as a citizen board member, or to intern as part of a college, graduate or law school, or workforce entry program.

How to Become a Commission Member

New Commissioner appointments occur every year and are generally announced in September. However, occasionally a vacancy must be filled mid-year. If you are interested in applying for a seat on our Commission, please subscribe to our updates above to receive recruitment announcements.

The Public Ethics Commission consists of seven members:

1 - Mayoral appointee

1 - City Auditor appointee

1 - City Attorney appointee

4 - Appointed by the Commission through a public recruitment process.

Commissioners receive no compensation and may serve no more than one consecutive three-year term.

To qualify to become a Public Ethics Commission member you must be a resident of Oakland and registered to vote in Oakland.


The Public Ethics Commission also has a variety of internship opportunities available for college students, graduate students, or for community volunteers interested in serving the public. Internships are unpaid, but provide valuable exposure to Oakland City government operations and staff, along with experience in a fast-paced, innovative, and positive office environment.

Law Clerk

We are currently seeking students interested in gaining experience as a law clerk with the Commission. Working under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director, the law clerk will investigate and evaluate complaints alleging violations of local sunshine (public records and open meetings), campaign finance, and ethics-related laws and policies. The law clerk will draft legal analyses and recommendations for review by the Deputy Director and City Attorney’s office, for final determination by the Commission, as well as other legislative and policy-making activities.

If you are interested in joining our team as an intern or law clerk, please send your resume and a cover letter explaining your skills and interest in our Commission’s work to Whitney Barazoto, Executive Director, Public Ethics Commission, at

Request for Qualifications to Provide Legal Services to the Commission

Would you or your firm be interested in providing legal services to the Public Ethics Commission in coordination with our City Attorney's office? The Oakland City Attorney issued this Request for Qualifications, open and ongoing. Please submit your response according to the RFQ, also posted on the City Attorney's current job opportunities webpage.