BCF is establishing a Community Advisory Council (CAC) to bring together a group of 10 community members to provide input into and help inform the development of BCF community programs and engagement efforts. Establishing this council will further enable us to live our values and allow us to ensure that those who are closest to the issues we are trying to address, are in a position to guide us around the best solutions. Community members who are invited to join the CAC will receive a stipend to support their participation.


All council members must have a connection to the Brookline community, which we define as everyone who lives, learns, works, and plays in Brookline, MA. Anyone with such a connection is welcome to apply.

Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

To ensure a diversity of perspectives and experiences are represented on the CAC, we aim to have a majority (at least 75%) of Council members who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color (BIPOC) or represent a vulnerable population, which we define as including but not limited to: individuals and/or groups who identify as immigrants; women; children; older adults, LGBTQ+; disabled; members of racial, ethnic, religious and/or linguistic minorities; incarcerated or formerly incarcerated, and; those consistently excluded from access to resources and services vital for thriving.

How to Apply

We invite all community members interested in joining the CAC to complete and submit an application, which will be open until 12/31/2022. You do not need to have previously completed an interest form to apply. You may complete and submit an application via the online application form, or download a copy of the application to complete by hand. If you prefer to complete the application by hand, please complete the form and return by emailing a scanned copy to Zaria Karakashian-Jones at zaria@brooklinecommunity.org, or by mailing your application to or dropping it off at:

Brookline Community Foundation

c/o Zaria Karakashian-Jones

40 Webster Place

Brookline, MA 02445


We are accepting applications until 12/31/2022. After that time, the BCF team will review all applications and reach out to schedule interviews with applicants. After interviews, a committee comprised of BCF staff, board members, and community representatives will review all materials and recommend applicants for participation on the CAC.


Please reach out to Zaria Karakashian-Jones at zaria@brooklinecommunity.org with any questions you have about the CAC, the application form, or the interview process.