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In the news: Sheila A. Hubbard

2/17/2017, 6 a.m.
Sheila A. Hubbard was appointed Commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
Sheila A. Hubbard

Sheila A. Hubbard has been appointed Commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Commissioner Hubbard is an experienced public and nonprofit sector attorney, and concurrently serves as a commissioner of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission. Previously she held the position of executive director of the Volunteer Lawyers Project in Boston.

Hubbard also was associate director of the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising at her alma mater of Harvard Law School, and senior program director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. After serving under Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn as an attorney, policy analyst and director of the Minority and Women Business Office, Hubbard joined the Weld administration as deputy legal counsel, and later was appointed chair of the Massachusetts Parole Board. A member of the Massachusetts Bar, she graduated from Yale with a B.S. in sociology and political science before attending Harvard Law School.

The MCAD was established in 1946 as the state’s chief civil rights agency charged with the authority to investigate, prosecute, adjudicate and resolve cases of discrimination. Led by three commissioners, one who serves as chair, the MCAD enforces the state’s anti-discrimination laws in employment, housing, credit, public accommodation, and access to education. The MCAD protects individuals in numerous protected categories including race, color, creed, national origin, age, disability, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The MCAD is an independent agency of the Commonwealth, and receives funding from the Massachusetts Legislature and through contracts with its federal partners, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The Commission also is a training center for employers, housing professionals, and the general public.