Human Relations Commission (HRC)

about the human relations commission

The City of Mountain View Human Relations Commission (HRC) was established in 1994 to address the various economic, political, educational and social issues facing the community. The Commission consists of seven members.

The general functions of the Human Relations Commission include:

  • Acting as an advisory body to the City Council
  • Serving as a forum for public discussion
  • Acting as a liaison/facilitator between City government and the public on issues as they relate to respect, inclusivity and involvement


During Santa Clara County's Public Health Order closure, the Human Relations Commission continues to meet on the  first Thursday of each month, except for the months of July and August, at 6:30 p.m., however the commission meets via Zoom video conference.  View the current HRC agenda posted on the Legistar page for dial-in information.  Once the Public Health Order has been lifted, the HRC will once again meet in-person at:

Plaza Conference Room
City Hall, 2nd Floor
500 Castro St.
Mountain View, CA 94040


View recent meeting agendas and minutes. (After you clink the link, to simplify search, select the year (2017 onwards) and Human Relations Commission from the drop down menus.)
archived meeting agendas and minutes. 


The Commission consists of:

  • Kevin Ball 
  • Nirvana Nwokidu
  • Jill Rakestraw
  • Julie Solomon
  • Idarose Sylvester (Vice Chair)
  • Xavier Webb

View the Advisory Body Roster for additional information.


Current Human Relations Commission projects are noted in this work plan.  

Immigrant Needs and Assets Assessment: Preliminary Findings and Recommendations

The City of Mountain View's Human Relations Commission (HRC) is very appreciative of the extensive input from the community from 2018-2020 for our Immigrant Services Needs and Assets Assessment process.  Our findings and preliminary recommendations were discussed at public HRC meetings in June and November of this year, and we are seeking further public input prior to voting on the recommendations at our January meeting.

The full report (in English only) and a short summary of the findings and recommendations can be accessed at the links below. To provide feedback, please send email to

  • Read the full report here.
  • Read the summary report  (English) here.
  • Read the summary report (Spanish) here.
  • Read the summary report (Chinese) here.
  • Read the summary report (Russian) here.

LGBTQ+ Needs and assets assessment: preliminary findings and recommendations

As part of the FY 2017-18 work plan, the HRC conducted an LGBTQ+ needs and assets assessment in the City of Mountain View.  The subcommittee presented its preliminary findings and recommendations to the Commission at its June 7, 2018 regular meeting. Final findings and recommendations were presented to the City Council at its September 11, 2018 meeting.


On December 13, 2016, the City of Mountain View City Council voted to become a Human Rights City, adopting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and affirming the City's commitment to foster mutual understanding, and promote respect and engagement within our community.


Civil Discourse: A Training on How to Have Civil Conversations About Important Community Issues - April 6, 2019

On Saturday, April 6, 2019, the HRC hosted a Civility Roundtable (CRT) training focused on Civil Discourse in partnership with the League of Women Voters (LWV).  The training introduced civil discourse techniques that can be used to enable productive conversations with people of differing points of view, and tools to work collaboratively towards agreement.

Civility Roundtable - Free Speech: How far is too far? - March 7, 2018

On Wednesday, March 7, 2018, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, the HRC hosted a Civility Roundtable (CRT) discussion entitled "Free Speech: How far is too far?" The Civility Roundtable is an HRC signature event, started in 2012, with a focus on engaging in and facilitating civil discourse between residents. Past CRT’s have explored on the topics of corporate responsibility, undocumented workers, gun violence, police relations, Mountain View traffic and parking, and affordable housing.

The Roundtable addressed the concept of free speech in our modern day culture. The dialogue explored how societal norms of speech change in different contexts—where the speech was said, and by whom, and how it was expressed. The focus of the event was for the community to engage in a civil dialogue about the rights and legal limitations of free speech, and its effects when lines of safety and civility are crossed.

To view the roundtable dialogue on KMVT's YouTube channel, click here.

The roundtable was moderated by Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President Joe Simitian.

• Angela Alvarado (Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office)
• David DeCosse (Director of Campus Ethics Programs, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics)
• Andrea Gemmet (Mountain View Voice)
• Joseph Scherer (GreenFire Energy)

LGBTQ Listening Forum - January 27, 2018

The Santa Clara County Office of LGBTQ Affairs and the City of Mountain View Human Relations Commission held a LGBTQ community listening forum on Saturday, January 27, 2018. As part of the event, the HRC is conducting a LGBTQ+ Needs and Assets Assessment to learn more about the services and policies that support the LGBTQ+ community living and working in Mountain View. 

Community Building Forum - February 11, 2017

A Community Building Forum was held on February 11, 2017.  Click here for the agenda packet.  To view a recording of the event, please visit the KMVT YouTube page.

Additional Information
The City Manager’s Office supports the Human Relations Commission. For additional information or to request Agendas via email, please contact the City Manager’s Office at (650) 903-6301 or email