For Immediate Release - February 02, 2017

Governor Baker Appoints Sheila Hubbard to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker announced the appointment of Sheila Hubbard to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). The Commission serves as the state’s chief civil rights agency charged with the authority to investigate, prosecute, adjudicate, and resolve cases of discrimination. 

“Sheila Hubbard’s extensive legal experience protecting citizens’ rights and her willingness to fight for equality and justice make her an outstanding addition to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am confident that with her appointment, the Commission will continue to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth from all forms of discrimination.”

The MCAD is an independent agency of the Commonwealth, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The MCAD protects individuals in numerous protected categories including race, color, creed, national origin, age, disability, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation by enforcing the Commonwealth’s anti-discrimination laws in employment, housing, public accommodations, credit, and education.

The Commissioners of MCAD are appointed by the Governor, serve terms of three years and are each delegated regional responsibilities in the Springfield, New Bedford and Boston regions. Ms. Hubbard will join Commission Chair Jamie R. Williamson and Commissioner Sunila Thomas George.

For more about the MCAD, visit: http://www.mass.gov/mcad/

About Sheila A. Hubbard

Sheila A. Hubbard, an experienced public and non-profit sector attorney, currently serves as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and was previously the Executive Director of the Volunteer Lawyers Project in Boston. She was also Associate Director of the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising at her alma mater of Harvard Law School and Senior Program Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. After serving under City of Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn as an attorney, policy analyst and the Director of the Minority and Women Business Office, Hubbard joined the Weld Administration as Deputy Legal Counsel, and was later appointed Chair of the Massachusetts Parole Board. A member of the Massachusetts Bar, Ms. Hubbard graduated from Yale with a B.S. in Sociology and Political Science before attending Harvard Law School.

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