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Human Relations Commission


The Human Relations Commission's mission is to preserve human rights and foster mutual respect for all people who live or work in Alameda County.

About Us

The Human Relations Commission is a body appointed by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to advise them on community issues including but not limited to education, employment, and public safety.  The commission has the power to conduct studies on current intergroup conditions, provide recommendations for volatile situations, and propose long term solutions to promote acceptance of diversity.

The commission consists of up to sixteen commissioners, three members appointed by each County Supervisor and one member appointed by the Mayors' Conference. Commissioners serve a three year appointment. Positions are currently available. If you are interested in being appointed to the Human Relations Commission, please contact commission staff, Gerald Smith at 510-891-0703 or

The Human Relations Commission is located with the Alameda County Social Services Agency.


Unless the provision or context otherwise requires, the definitions shall govern the construction of these by-laws.


Members of the public may address the commission regarding any item.  Click on Meetings for complete commission meeting information.

What's New

The County Human Relations Commission presented its annual Excellence in Human Relations Award at the November 6, 2012 Board of Supervisors meeting. The award is presented to individuals and organizations who, through their diligent efforts, have made significant contributions toward the cause of bringing people together, improving communications, helping to make their community safer, and serving those who are in need. Awardees were presented their plaques by the respective Supervisor for the district in which the awardees live and/or work. Nominations for the awards are conducted by the Human Relations Commission, Board of Supervisors, and community organizations in Alameda County. Congratulations to the 2012 awardees!