Mayor Backus belongs to a number of regional Boards, Councils and Committees, acting as a voice for the City of Auburn in the region.
- South Correctional Entity (SCORE) – Chair
- Valley Regional Fire Authority (VRFA) – Chair
- Valley Communications – Vice-Chair
- Sound Transit Board of Directors
- Sound Cities Association
- All Home Coordinating Board
- AWC Large City Advisory Committee and AWC Legislative Committee
- Children & Youth Advisory Board
- Economic Development Committee of Seattle and King County, Executive Committee & Treasurer
- King County Flood Control District
- Puget Sound Regional Council Executive
- Puget Sound Regional Council Operations Boards
- South Sound Behavioral Health Coalition
- SELA – Safe Energy Leadership Alliance
- US Conference of Mayors: Member on the Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment & Sports, Community Development & Housing and Veterans Affairs Taskforce
- South Sound Alliance
Task Forces Convened/Co-Convened:
- Heroin & Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force
Co-Convened with King County Executive Constantine, Former Seattle Mayor Murray and Renton Mayor Law in March 2016.
- One Table – A community approach to homelessness and affordability
Co-Convened with Seattle Mayor Durkan and King County Excutive Constantine in December 2017.