For Immediate Release - September 23, 2015

Commissioner Sunila Thomas George Appointed for Fourth Term by Governor Baker

Secretary Galvin Administers Oath of Office

On Friday, September 11, Governor Charles D. Baker appointed Sunila Thomas George for a fourth term as a Commissioner at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Secretary of State, William F. Galvin, conducted the swearing in ceremony at the State House on September 22, with several of Commissioner George's colleagues present.

This is Commissioner George’s fourth appointment to a three-year term as an MCAD Commissioner; and it is the first appointment of an MCAD Commissioner by Governor Charles D. Baker.  

“I am extremely pleased that Governor Baker saw fit to allow me to continue to serve the people of the Commonwealth at an agency whose mission is to eradicate discrimination which I believe is possible to achieve and one which I will work every day to advance,” said Thomas George.

Thomas George, whose first experience at the MCAD was through a law school clinic program, has served in various capacities at the Commission since 1997. A member of the Women’s Bar Association and the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston, she is a leading expert in the Commonwealth's anti-discrimination laws. Armed with credentials as a certified mediator and trainer, she is also a respected authority on MCAD’s enforcement statutes, procedural regulations, federal work-share agreements, and internal policies and procedures.  

“We applaud Governor Baker’s decision to reappoint Suni to the MCAD,” said Jamie R. Williamson, MCAD Chair.  “As we work to better serve the public by streamlining and managing more efficiently our operations, we’ll be able to continue to count on Suni’s efforts to move the MCAD forward.”  

Commissioner Charlotte Golar Richie added, “On the eve of this agency’s 70th anniversary, our anti-discrimination efforts are greatly aided by Suni’s legal acumen and institutional knowledge.”  

Commissioner Thomas George will continue to serve alongside Williamson and Richie.  This is first time in the agency’s history that three women have led the MCAD.