CAAB: Community Action Advisory Board


News Release from Clark Co. WA Communications
Posted on FlashAlert: September 25th, 2023 1:16 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – The county manager is seeking applicants to fill several positions on the volunteer Community Action Advisory Board.

Positions include elected officials from the county’s second and third councilor districts, low-income representatives from the county’s first, third and fifth councilor districts and a community representative from the county’s fifth councilor district.

Term periods start Jan. 1, 2024, and are three years, ending Dec. 31, 2026. Incumbents have the opportunity for re-appointment to two additional three-year terms. 

The fifteen-member board makes recommendations about local government funding for basic needs, self-sufficiency, and housing programs. Members also advocate for services supporting low-income communities, families and persons at local, state and federal levels. 

Clark County is looking to diversify the board composition and encourages people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to apply, especially people of color and from historically oppressed or under-resourced communities. 

Interested residents must submit an application and résumé to Rebecca Royce, Clark County Community Services, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or

Application information can be found at or by calling Rebecca Royce at 564.397.7863. 

Deadline is Friday, Oct. 20.

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About the CAAB Board

The Community Action Advisory Board (CAAB) is comprised of at least fifteen members representing a cross section of the community. Board membership includes low-income residents, elected officials, and the general community.

Board Responsibilities: The advisory board advocates on behalf of people who are low-income at the state and federal levels to ensure services are available and equitable. Part of this work includes working with county staff to conducts a triennial needs assessment to inform funding recommendations addressing essential human needs and promoting self-sufficiency through services provided by community-based organizations.

Meetings: The CAAB currently meets at 9am on the first Wednesday of odd-numbered months at the Center for Community Health, Room C210B, 1601 E Fourth Plain Boulevard, Vancouver, and other times as needed. See sidebar for attending meeting virtually.

Composition: The CAAB is a tripartite board as described in the Community Services Block Grant Act, to include 1/3 elected officials, at least 1/3 low-income representatives and 1/3 community representatives. To ensure representation throughout Clark County, the board is comprised of one member of each category from each of the designated county council districts. The board also makes available At Large positions for individuals or groups who consider their interests underrepresented on the board.

  • Elected officials are defined as any person elected to a position through a county held general election including city councils, school boards, port commissions, fire districts, etc. An official who is elected by countywide vote may hold any open elected position of the board.

  • Low-income representatives are defined as any person who is nominated by a group who is low-income such as tenants of a low-income housing complex or an agency that predominantly serves people who are low-income such as Council for the Homeless, Share, NAMI, etc.

  • Community representatives are defined as members of business, industry, labor, religious, law enforcement, education, or other major groups and interests in the community served. 

  • At large members are individuals or groups that serves people who are low-income who consider the Advisory Board to be underrepresenting their interests and have petitioned the Advisory Board for a seat on the Board.

For additional information about the Community Action Advisory Board, contact Rebecca Royce at 564.397.7863.

Meeting Information

The Board meets at 9 am on the first Wednesday of odd-numbered months.

Meetings are available in hybrid.
To attend in person: The Center for Community Health, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Bldg. 17, Room C210B, Vancouver. 

To join virtually, use the following link or phone number:

Phone: 408.418.9388
Access Code 2482 467 9342

The Legislative Advocacy Task Force subcommittee informs the Board of legislation and efforts that might impact people of lower income in Clark County.

CAAB Members

District Name Representing Term Expires
1 Diana Perez, Vancouver Councilor Elected officials 12/31/2024
1 Amy Roark Community 12/31/2025
1 Jamie Spinelli Low-income 12/31/2023
2 Alishia Topper, Treasurer, Board Vice Chair Elected officials 12/31/2023
2 Bridget McLeman Community 12/31/2024
2 Karyn Kameroff Low-income 12/31/2024
3 Rob Perkins, Evergreen School Board Member, Board Secretary Elected officials 12/31/2023
3 Nickeia Hunter Community 12/31/2025
3 Chris Hullum Low-income 12/31/2025
4 Ernie Suggs, Washougal Councilor Elected officials 12/31/2025
4 Melanie Green, Board Chair Community 12/31/2025
4 Megan Mulsoff Low-income 12/31/2025
5 Joyce Cooper, Green Mountain School Board Member Elected officials 12/31/2025
5 Lance Carter Community 12/31/2023
5 Vacant Low-income 12/31/2025
Member at Large David Poland Deaf community 12/31/2024


CAAB Meeting Documents

Previous board meeting documents and recordings are accessed using the year selection arrow below.

For more information, contact Rebecca Royce, 564.397.7863.