In 1991, this group began as an Ombudsman's Advisory Committee. It consisted of 17 members appointed by the four minority councils. In 1994, four separate five-member boards were created, each responsible for appointing an ombudsperson on behalf of their respective minority council. These councils are currently known as the Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs, the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage, and the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans.
The board meets regularly at the request of the appointing chair or the ombudsperson. In addition, all members of the four community-specific boards (Ombudsperson Board for African American Families, Ombudsperson Board for Asian-Pacific Families, Ombudsperson Board for Chicano/Latino People, and Ombudsperson Board for Indian Families) shall meet jointly at least four times each year to advise the ombudspersons on overall policies, plans, protocols, and programs for the office.