Governor Maura Healey, joined by Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll, Chief Secretary April English, legislators and community leaders, speaks at the UNCF Black History Month Breakfast at the State House on Feb. 14, 2023. [Joshua Qualls/Governor’s Press Office]
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In full transparency, the following is a press release from the Governor’s office submitted to SOURCE media.


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BOSTON – Governor Maura T. Healey today, February 24,  announced that she will sign an Executive Order establishing the Governor’s Advisory Council on Black Empowerment and appoint more than 30 Black leaders from across the state to serve on it. 

This Council will advise Governor Healey and Lieutenant Governor Driscoll on issues related to the economic prosperity and wellbeing of Massachusetts’ Black community, including education, health care, housing and workforce development.

The Governor will sign the Executive Order and appoint the members at the first meeting of the Council on Monday, February 27, 2023. 

“Massachusetts’ Black residents make tremendous contributions to our state, but far too often they face systemic barriers that hold them back from opportunity. Our administration is committed to bringing people together and centering equity in all that we do, and that requires ensuring that those who are most impacted by our policy have a seat at the decision-making table,” said Governor Healey. “We look forward to working closely with our Advisory Council on Black Empowerment to explore how we can best support our Black community, reduce inequities and expand opportunity for all.” 

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“Centuries of systemic racism in this country have fueled lasting inequities across all realms of society, but our Black community is resilient,” said Lieutenant Governor Driscoll. “Governor Healey and I are committed to not only listening to leaders in the Black community about the work that needs to be done to increase opportunity, but also acting on their recommendations to create real change.” 

“Systemic racism must be addressed through structural change,” said Chief Secretary April English. “The creation of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Black Empowerment and the appointments of proven leaders in the Black community are critical steps toward advancing our administration’s equity goals and making the progress necessary to strengthen our state and our communities.” 

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Member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Black Empowerment will include: 

  • Co-Chair: Tanisha Sullivan, President, NAACP Boston 
  • Co-Chair: Anthony (Tony) Richards, II, VP, Equitable Business Development, Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency 
  • Alfred Enchill, President, Berkshire Black Economic Counci 
  • Sheena Collier, Founder/CEO, Boston While Black 
  • Nicole Obi, President, BECMA 
  • Trina Martin, Vice President of Community Engagement & External Affairs, Boston Medical Center 
  • Rep. Bud Williams, Chair, Black & Latino Caucus 
  • Michael Bobbitt, Executive Director, Mass Cultural Council 
  • Rev. Willie Bodrick II, Senior Pastor, Historic Twelfth Baptist Church 
  • Pamela Everhart , Senior Vice President, Head of Regional Public Affairs & Community Relations, Fidelity 

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  • Beth Chandler, President/CEO, YW Boston 
  • Sharra Gaston, Co-Founder/Co-Executive Director, Boston HBCU Alumni Network, Inc.; Deputy Chief Equity & Strategy Officer, Boston Public Schools 
  • Pratt Wiley, President/CEO, The Partnership, Inc. 
  • Denise Jordan, Executive Director, Springfield Housing Authority 
  • Makeeba McCreary, President, New Commonwealth Racial Equity & Social Justice Fund 
  • Filaine Julce-Deronnette, Vice President, Health Systems 1199 SEIU 
  • Che Anderson, Vice Chancellor for City & Community Relations of UMass Medical School 
  • Karilyn Crockett, Professor of Urban History, Public Policy & Planning, MIT 
  • Dr. Aisha Miller, Vice President, Related Beal 
  • Isa Woldeguiorguis, Executive Director, Center for Hope and Healing, Lowell 

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  • Jha D Amazi, Principal, MASS Design Group 
  • Fred Taylor, Business Agent, North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, Worcester 
  • Dr. Moses Dixon, President/CEO, Central MA Agency on Aging, Inc. 
  • Sophia Hall, Deputy Litigation Director, LCL 
  • Dr. Thea James, MD, Vice President of Mission, Associate CMO BMC, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine 
  • Rev. Clyde Talley, Senior Pastor, Belmont AME Zion Church Worcester 
  • Marcelina Pina-Christian, Executive Director, New Bedford Human Relations Commission 
  • Monalisa Smith, Executive Director, Mothers for Justice & Equity 
  • John Borders IV, Director of Tourism, Sports & Entertainment, City of Boston 

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  • Shanique Spalding, Executive Director, MA Voter Roundtable 
  • Rev. Dr. Gregory G. Groover, President, Black Ministerial Alliance 
  • Deborah Enos, Senior Leader & Advisor on Healthcare 
  • Bithiah Carter, President, New England Blacks in Philanthropy 

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.