Community Life Commission


Regular meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in Common Council Chambers, 3rd floor, City Hall, 108 E. Green Street, 108 E. Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.  If a meeting should fall on a nationally recognized holiday when city offices are closed, the meeting may take place the following Thursday at the same time and in the same location.

Agenda & Minutes

Agendas are available on the Thursday prior to the meeting.  Minutes are posted upon approval by the Commission.

Most Recent AgendaView Available MinutesMural Proposal: "Women in Nature" By Jessica Harron & Megan Parker

Overview & Duties

The Community Life Commission is charged with providing Common Council and the appropriate committees thereof, the City’s quasi-judicial boards, and City staff with advisory research, public input, and analysis for matters related to:

  • Art and public art in Ithaca, including public art displays, programs, and exhibitions.
  • Rental housing, including the accessibility, affordability, and quality of rental housing, tenant’s rights, and such other matters.
  • Youth and youth development.
  • Issues impacting Ithaca’s most vulnerable communities, including refugee, immigrant, and elderly communities.
  • Issues related to the college and graduate student populations of, and the administrations of, local institutions of higher education, including Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College. 
  • Issues of concern to Ithaca’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and queer communities
  • Diversity and the importance of diversity in Ithaca
  • Sustainability, food and food systems, and environmental remediation and contamination.

The Commission is also charged with serving as a means of engaging in community outreach and receiving community input on the above-described subject matter in a manner consistent with the diversity, accessibility, and sustainability goals of the City and in conjunction with all appropriate Commissions, as necessary, to achieve such goals.


  • Lisa Swayze, Chair
    Term expires December 31, 2020
  • Susi C.Y. Li
    Term expires December 31, 2020
  • Rusty Keeler
    Term expires December 31, 2020
  • Caroline Byrne
    Term expires December 31, 2020
  • Ishaan Bakhle
    Term expires December 31, 2021
  • Maria Thomadaki
    Term expires December 31, 2021
  • Sean Hillson
    Term expires December 31, 2021
  • Megan Nettleton
    Term expires December 31, 2021
  • Joy Das
    Term expires December 31, 2021
  • Donna Fleming
    Common Council Liaison
  • George McGonigal
    Common Council Liaison

You can reach the Community Life Commission at: