Black Advisory Commission

Advising the Baker-Polito Administration on issues relating to the economic prosperity and well-being of the Black community living in Massachusetts.

About Us

Members of the Commission include gubernatorial appointees with varying roles in many community, professional and non-profit organizations and represent a group diverse in gender, race, industry, region, age and education. The Commission is tasked with delivering a report with various recommendations on each of three selected priorities that promote the Black community’s economic prosperity & well-being every two years.

Black Advisory Commission Announces First Set of Priorities and Recommendations 10.10.2018


Black Advisory Commission Members

Well-Being Committee


  • Lead Facilitator

    Licy Do Canto

    Founder and President of the Do Canto Group

  • Co-Lead Facilitator

    Myechia Minter-Jordan

    President/CEO, The Dimock Center

  • Co-Lead Facilitator

    Henry Thomas

    President and CEO, The Urban League of Springfield

  • Rev. Dr. Conley Hughes

    Sr. Pastor, Concord Baptist Church of Boston

  • Darla DeGrace

    Diversity Consultant & Senior Recruiter at Reebok

  • Elisabeth Jackson

    Executive Director, Bridge over Troubled Waters

  • Imari Paris Jeffries

    Executive Director, Parenting Journey

  • Robert Johnson

    Chancellor, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth

  • Jacques Parent

    Deputy Director of Military Family Programs, Army National Guard

  • Sharon Scott-Chandler

    Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Action for Boston Community Development

  • Azanda Seymour

    Director Urban Education Program, Westfield State University

  • Cheryl Stanley

    Dean of Education, Westfield State University

  • Abdi Yusuf

    Executive Director, Somali Development Center

Economic Prosperity Committee


  • Lead Facilitator

    Bithiah Carter

    President, New England Blacks in Philanthropy

  • Co-Lead Facilitator

    Kirk Sykes

    Senior VP, New Boston Real Estate Investments

  • Co-Lead Facilitator

    Victor Woolridge

    Managing Director, Barings Real Estate

  • Damon Cox

    Asst. Secretary of Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

  • Paul Francisco

    Chief Diversity Officer, State Street Corporation

  • Angela Gomes

    Counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

  • Keith Greenway

    Managing Director, Greater New England Minority Supplier Diversity Council

  • Rachel Kemp

    Registered Representative, Pickwick Capital Partners

  • Chiderah Okoye

    Industrial Inside Sales Manager, Northeast Electrical Distributors

  • Ronia Stewart

    President & CEO of Garden of Eden & Associates, Inc.

  • Macken Toussaint

    Associate, Riemer & Braunstein Law

  • Anthony Samuels

    Co-Founder and President , Done-Right Building Services

  • Tanisha Sullivan

    Senior Corporate Counsel, Sanofi

Recent news & announcements

Press Release

Black Advisory Commission Announces First Set of Priorities and Recommendations 

10/10/2018 Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito

Press Release

Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito Celebrate Black History Month with Launch of Black Advisory Commission 

2/23/2017 Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito