DC boards and commissions provide guidance to District Government functions and/or engage subject matter experts and community leaders. Boards fall into the following categories
- Advisory boards – commissioners provide personal and professional subject matter expertise and make recommendations to the Mayor and District Agencies in specific topics.
- Licensing and regulatory boards – commissioners with professional and personal expertise in subject matter help develop standards for licensed professions. These boards may also establish regulatory standards for professions and District Agencies.
- Policymaking boards – commissioners with with District Agencies to shape policy.
- Managing boards – Independent agencies with Board of Directors who provide governance and serve a fiduciary role in leading the organization.