Thelma Williams*



Since November 2022, Thelma has served as Chief of Staff at the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB), and as its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chairperson. Prior to these roles, she was the Commission’s Northeast Regional Director for 14 years. She has also held several other leadership positions, including with the Department of Mental Health. Thelma currently serves as the MCB Executive Liaison to several Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) statewide initiatives. She has also participated on four different MassHire Workforce Investment Boards. In 2020, Thelma was the recipient of the Governor Paul Cellucci Award for Leadership and Mentoring in State Government for her extraordinary contributions to public service. Thelma is a published poet, co-author of an article in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, and mentor to individuals with and without disabilities. In her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, writing, singing gospel music, event planning, and encouraging our future young leaders.