Charlotte Golar Richie
Charlotte Golar Richie was appointed Commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in June 2014. Along with the other commissioners, Ms. Richie has oversight responsibility for administration, adjudication, and education concerning civil rights matters for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Prior to her appointment Ms. Richie served as Senior Vice President for Public Policy, Advocacy, and Government Relations at YouthBuild USA where she oversaw national and state advocacy for public funds, constituency development, and government relations. She came to YouthBuild USA from Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick's administration where she served as Senior Adviser for Federal, State, and Community Affairs helping to advance the Governor's legislative and community agenda including the establishment of the Office of Access and Opportunity, the Statewide Youth Council, and the Western Massachusetts Office.
Ms. Richie has extensive experience in legislative and policy work related to economic development, education, and civic engagement. She joined Governor Patrick's administration after having served as cabinet chief of housing and director of the department of neighborhood development for the city of Boston. In this role, she managed a 200-person department with a $100 million budget, including the city’s federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. For five years before that, she represented the 5th Suffolk District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where she chaired the Joint Committee on Housing and Urban Development.
A former US Peace Corps Volunteer, Ms. Richie serves on the boards of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and Boston's Higher Ground. She is also an advisory board member for the University of Massachusetts Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy, and Mothers for Justice and Equality.