Mayor Bruce Harrell mingles with attendees at a MCAAE gathering at South Seattle Senior Center

About the MCAAE

The Mayor's Council on African American Elders (MCAAE) informs the Seattle mayor and other government leaders and policymakers about the unique needs of older African Americans; advocates for changes in policies, practices, and programs; educates the public; and encourages and sponsors research to address unmet needs and gaps in services. It also serves as an intermediary between City government and the community.

The Council comprises 12 members who advocate for programs and services on behalf of older African Americans. The current composition includes individuals with expertise in aging, case management, education, housing, and program administration. Members are required to live within King County. Council members reflect a broad range of professional and community experience and perspectives and seek to maintain the diversity and strength of the Council.

Participation on the Council requires a significant commitment, including attendance at monthly meetings and participation on at least one sub-committee, and a willingness to serve without compensation. Periodically, we conduct public forums to solicit public comment, inform, and provide formal and informal comments and recommendations to the Mayor. Council members also attend and participate in relevant events and meetings hosted by community partners.

Group photo of first MCAAE councilmembers with Mayor Norm Rice in 1995The MCAAE was established in 1995 by Seattle Mayor Norman B. Rice to oversee the development of a comprehensive continuum of services to serve the needs of African American elders. Each member is appointed by the Mayor to serve renewable two-year terms. Specifically, the Mayor seeks candidates who are active in Seattle and King County community affairs and have skills and experience in health care, research, fund development and public relations, and who have contacts in African American churches.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the City's boards and commissions. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual minorities and persons of color are encouraged to apply.

For more information or to apply for service on the MCAAE, visit the Seattle Boards and Commissions website.

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