Board and Councils

Our Board of Directors and Advisory Councils reflect diverse groups of people from across Washington State. DRW actively recruits and elects members who are, or have been, a person with a disability or family members of a person with a disability, and in these efforts endeavors to reflect the diversity of disability, race, and ethnicity in our society.

To be considered for either the Board of Directors or an Advisory Council position, please complete the Volunteer Application Form

To submit the application, or if you need this document in an alternative format, please send a message to [email protected].

Board & Advisory Councils

Apply to Join an Advisory Council

The Mental Health Advisory Council (MHAC) focuses on mental illness-related issues and meets on first Saturday morning of February, May, August and November.

The Disability Advisory Council (DAC) focuses on all other disabilities and meets on the first Wednesday evening (beginning at 4:30) of February, May, August and November.

The Board of Directors (Board) works primarily on issues related to the governance.  In collaboration with our advisory councils, the Board approves the priorities, policies and annual budget for DRW.  The Board is also responsible for strategic planning and oversight of the Executive Director.  The Board meets on the first Wednesday evening of March, June, and December as well as the third Wednesday evening of September.

All three of the above bodies make occasional changes to their schedules and DRW’s Seattle office is a secure building so one should contact DRW by phone or email prior to attending a meeting.  Also, all members receive reimbursement for travel expenses and foe members who need them disability-related accommodations are provided.

Completed the Volunteer Application Form to be considered for either the Board of Directors or an Advisory Council position.

DRW Board Finance, Audit, and Development Committee

This committee is made up of one or two members from the DRW Board of Directors and one or two additional non-board member volunteers.  Strong candidates for this committee will have skills and experiences that will help DRW manage its current financial resources and increase its impact through the development of additional funds.

This small committee meets 4 times a year. As the name suggests, this committee has three core functions: 

Ensure that the Board of Directors is trained on its financial responsibilities, and review of compliance with the financial requirements;

Review of agency’s audited financial statements, and assist in selection of a new auditing firm when appropriate; and

Advise the Board on the development of additional financial resources though fundraising and grant seeking.

Public Comment

Part of DRW's Board meetings are set aside for public comment. If you'd like to attend an upcoming meeting, please contact us to verify the date and your desire to attend. 

Meetings are held in our Seattle office which is in a secured building. You must notify us in order to attend a meeting.   

Position Statements

DRW and the Board of Directors have taken positions on the following important issues:

To be considered for either the Board of Directors or an Advisory Council position, please complete the Volunteer Application Form.