New York
United States


New York City Civic Engagement Commission

April 25, 2019 Scott Fletcher Bowlsby
New York
United States

The Civic Engagement Commission will enhance civic participation, promote civic trust, and strengthen democracy in New York City.

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Mission and Purpose

The NYC Civic Engagement Commission was established to 

  • "Run a citywide participatory budgeting program with guidance from a participatory budgeting advisory committee;
  • Partner with community-based organizations and civic leaders, increase awareness of City services, and assist New York City agencies in developing civic engagement initiatives;
  • Develop a plan to consider the language access needs of limited English proficient New Yorkers with regards to the Commission’s programs and services and provide language interpreters at poll sites by the 2020 general election, with advice from a language assistance advisory committee; and
  • Provide assistance to community boards."[1]

Origins and Development 

The Commission was established by popular vote on three 2018 ballot initiatives which amendend the City Charter.[2]

Organizational Structure, Membership, and Funding

Specializations, Methods and Tools

Major Projects and Events

Analysis and Lessons Learned


See Also

Initiative Process


[1] "About," NYC Civic Engagement Commission, accessed April 25, 2019, 

[2] Mary Frost, “De Blasio Appoints Slate of Activists to NYC’s New Civic Engagement Commission,” Brooklyn Eagle, April 23, 2019,

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Lead image: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office,