Why I Serve

Golden Valley Boards and Commissions serve as advisory bodies to the City Council, and each group is tasked with the responsibility of researching, reviewing, and making recommendations on City issues.

Whether it’s organizing the annual Run The Valley, developing better ways to use the City’s open spaces, or creating a Pollinator Protection Plan, the City’s commissioners contribute significantly to the success of Golden Valley.

Currently, more than 55 residents volunteer their time to serve their community in this way. In a world where people can volunteer anywhere, we asked a few of them “Why the City of Golden Valley?”

+ Destiny Nathan, Human Rights Commission

Shep Harris

Why do you serve?

"Whether you’re a teenager or an adult, it is quite easy to feel helpless with all of the bad events going on in the world. You might feel like there’s not much you can do to help; that the problems are far bigger than what you can solve. In my case, the Human Rights Commission has been a great outlet for me to put the feeling of helplessness behind me. The HRC has given me a platform in which I can help others, even if it’s just at a local level. Being able to work together with a group of people who have the same intentions as you do—to make the world a better, kinder place—is such a liberating feeling. It reminds you that you are not alone. That you can help. If you feel like I once did—helpless and eager to help out in anyway you can—supporting your community by joining an advisory board or commission is a great place to start. That is why I serve, and why you should as well."

+ Brad Taylor-White, Rising TIDES Task Force

Shep Harris

Why do you serve?

"The city of Golden Valley holds a special place in my heart. I’m also very passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion. What I love most about serving on the Rising TIDES Task Force is the opportunity for both of these passions to intersect for the good of our community."

Why should someone else serve?

"There are so many different ways to be involved in the city, and there really are a variety of opportunities to serve that will cater to whatever one’s passion or area of expertise is in. If you’re looking for ways to get involved or volunteer then joining a board, commission or task force is a great way to give back and help shape the future of Golden Valley."

+ Amber Alexander, Rising TIDES Task Force

Shep Harris

Why do you serve?

"In times of turmoil and division across our country, I found myself wanting to make a difference in the community I call home. I felt a sense of pride knowing Golden Valley had an Equity Plan and wanted the community’s input to make GV a place everyone feels welcome and included. Raising a son in this community has made me even more invested in making it a place we feel connected and can see ourselves in our neighbors. This work is a personal passion of mine and I’m happy and honored to be part of this work!"

Why should someone else serve?

"I have learned so much about city government by serving on this Task Force. I feel more connected to the decisions the City Council is making and feel invested in the community’s success. In addition to what I’ve gained, i enjoy using my skills and experiences in a forum outside of my day job."

+ Ron Blum, Planning Commission

Shep Harris

Why do you serve?

"I serve on the Planning Commission because it is interesting, significant, and a great public service. What we do on commissions and boards helps to shape our community for years to come."

Why should someone else serve?

"Serving on a City board or commission is your opportunity to give back to this wonderful community in Golden Valley. It is also a great way to participate first hand in crafting policy. Join us, and bring your local experience and thoughtfulness to help our City be the best that it can be."