Charlotte Golar Richie Former State Representative & Former Commissioner, Mass. Commission Against Discrimination

An experienced public administrator and proud mother of two adult daughters, Charlotte Golar Richie holds degrees from Rutgers University (B.A.), Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism (M.S.) and Suffolk University (M.B.A.).  A former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, Charlotte has worked for 30-plus years to bring positive change to Boston and Massachusetts. With a long-held commitment to affordable housing and civil rights, she’s served in leadership roles in city and state government:  as state representative and HUD Committee Chair (the first freshman legislator to chair this committee); as Boston’s first housing chief; as senior advisor to Gov. Patrick for federal, state & community affairs; and as a commissioner for the MA Commission Against Discrimination. In 2013, Charlotte was the first Black woman in Boston to secure a spot on the ballot for mayor; and in 2021, following Mayor Wu’s historic election, she served as Transition Team Co-chair. Through her service — as founding advisory board chair, MA Women of Color Coalition; advisory board member for Boston’s Higher Ground, Children’s HealthWatch, and Commonwealth Seminar; and as a board member of Point32Health’s Foundation Board — Charlotte supports the health and well-being of diverse communities, and also the leadership aspirations of women, young leaders, and people of color. 

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