Social Services Advisory Board


  • Noon to 1:30 pm
  • 4th Monday of every month
  • City Hall
    605 E Main Street
    Basement Conference Room
    Charlottesville, VA 22902

All meetings are open to the public.


Unless otherwise noted, monthly meeting agendas include:

  1. Call to Order
  2. Public Comment
  3. Approval of the Previous Meeting Minutes
  4. Members’ Report
  5. Chair’s Report
  6. Director’s Report
  7. Public Comment
  8. Dismissal


Membership of the board shall consist of nine members appointed by city council, one of whom shall be a member of city council. The term of the city council member shall be concurrent with his or her service on the council. Other appointments shall be for a term of four years each except that appointments to fill vacancies shall be for the unexpired terms. No person shall serve more than two consecutive terms. The director of social services shall be an ex officio member, without vote, of the advisory board. 

It shall be the policy of the Board to seek to ensure that at all times at least one member is a current or former consumer of the department’s services.

Legal Basis

The City of Charlottesville Code, Chapter 25, Section 25.1 and The Code of Virginia, Section 63.2-305 provide the legal basis for the Department of Social Services Advisory Board activities.

Powers & Duties

The powers and duties of the advisory board shall be as follows:

  • To interest itself in all matters pertaining to the social welfare of the people of the city
  • To monitor the formulation and implementation of social welfare programs in the city
  • To meet with the director of social services at least four times a year for the purpose of making recommendations on policy matters concerning the department of social services
  • To make an annual report to city council, concurrent with the presentation of the annual budget, concerning the information of public welfare programs
  • To submit to city council from time to time other reports that the advisory board deems appropriate
  • To perform such other functions as may be from time to time prescribed for such boards by Code of Virginia, section 63.2-305


  • Lisa Brown
  • Kathryn May Gallanosa
  • Christine Gough
  • Sena Magill; Vice Mayor
  • Rebekah Menning
  • Janet Morrow
  • L.D. Perry
  • Judith Zeitler