MCAD ChairWoman, Jamie R. Williamson, keynote speaker at Pittsfield HUman Rights Commission Meeting:
The Pittsfield Human Rights Commission is pleased to announce that Jamie R. Williamson, Chairwoman of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), will be the featured speaker at a special meeting 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday Sept.10 in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
The meeting is free and open to the public. Williamson will discuss civil rights protections and services provided by MCAD and ways to access these services and resources. Following Williamson’s presentation, there will be an opportunity for questions.
Williamson, who was first appointed a commissioner of the MCAD by Governor Deval Patrick in August 2010, oversaw the Springfield Office on issues related to administration, adjudication, and education of civil rights matters for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 2014, she was appointed chairwoman of the commission.
“We here in Pittsfield are extremely proud of Jamie Williamson. She has become a prominent civil rights leader throughout the Commonwealth, and indeed, throughout New England. The Human Rights Commission is honored that she is coming to speak with us,” said Cecilia Rock, chairwoman of the Pittsfield commission.
For eight years prior to joining the MCAD, Williamson was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center, a private non-profit organization serving central and western Massachusetts. Williamson, a former resident of Pittsfield, has extensive knowledge in civil affairs and civil rights. In 1995, she was elected an at-large councilor to the Pittsfield City Council, becoming the first African American woman to serve on the council and the first African American to serve at large. In addition to this role, Williamson served on several local boards including the Red Cross, Berkshire Medical Center, the Rotary Club of Pittsfield and the Norman Rockwell Museum.
In 2005, Williamson was appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts to serve on the Access to Justice Commission to provide leadership, vision, and coordination to various organizations and parties involved in ensuring access to civil justice for families and individuals in the Commonwealth.