Jane Edmonds Honored by Mass. Women’s Political Caucus

With Recognition of Outstanding Commitment and Leadership

Jane Edmonds, a Senior Fellow on the faculty of Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies, is being honored with the Abigail Adams award, given to “women who have demonstrated through their work and/or their community activism an outstanding commitment to the realization of equal political, economic, and social rights for women” by the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus.

Edmonds’ career spans leadership roles in higher education, government and business. She previously served as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Director of the Department of Workforce Development, where she was responsible for oversight of three line operating divisions and several centrally-managed functions, and for the flow of over two billion dollars in federal, state and tax revenues within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

She also served as Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations for the City of Boston, and was appointed by Governor Michael S. Dukakis as Chair of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the civil rights law enforcement agency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (MCAD.) At the MCAD, she was responsible for exercising the administrative, financial and adjudicatory authority of the agency. For more than two decades she headed Jane C. Edmonds & Associates, providing leadership and workforce development training and diversity consulting services to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and other clients. She was recognized by the Greater Boston Commerce with a “Pinnacle Award” for Small Business Achievement. In addition, she was elected to the Sharon, MA School Committee and appointed as a member of the State Board of Higher Education where she served for ten years. Edmonds holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School.

At the College of Professional Studies, Edmonds teaches institutional public policy and leadership within the Doctor of Education and Master of Science in Leadership programs. Edmonds is also a visiting teaching fellow and lead faculty member in the College’s Global Leadership Program at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.

The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus is honoring six women. The honorees are:

Dolores L. Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award:

Dr. Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Professor at Harvard Business School

Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad

Massachusetts House of Representatives

Ruth Ellen Fitch

President & CEO, the Dimock Center

Lauren Baker

Founder, Women for Baker

Vicary M. Graham

New England – Regional President BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Jane C. Edmonds

Professor, Northeastern University

The award is named for Abigail Adams, an early advocate for women’s equal rights in political, social and economic spheres, and the wife of the United States’ second president, John Adams.

The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus is a multipartisan organization founded in 1971 to maximize the participation of women of all ages in the political process and to increase the number of women appointed and elected to public office and public policy positions.

For more information, please visit: http://www.mwpc.org/index.php

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