Commissioner Karlene Maxwell-Williams
Current Term: 2020-2024
Seat Number: 4
About Commissioner Karlene Maxwell-Williams
Commissioner Maxwell-Williams, originally from Kingston, Jamaica, immigrated to the United States during her teenage years and spent her formative years in Manhattan, New York City. She has since resided in Lauderdale Lakes for over two decades. Her upbringing instilled in her the value of hard work and perseverance, and she recognized the importance of a positive attitude in achieving success.
In November 2020, Commissioner Maxwell-Williams was elected to the Lauderdale Lakes City Commission, and she was subsequently appointed as the Vice Mayor for Lauderdale Lakes 2022-2023, Chair for Lauderdale Lakes Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) 2022-2023, and Delegate for the National League of Cities (NLC) 2022-2023. She has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of city residents.
Before her political career, Commissioner Maxwell-Williams worked for the Florida Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement for 15 years. She later founded her own Mediation and Divorce business and currently serves as a contractor for the Broward County Courts as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator. Additionally, she volunteers as a judge at the Broward County Teen Court.
Commissioner Maxwell-Williams is also a Department of Justice Accredited Representative, which recognizes her expertise in immigration law and enables her to provide immigration legal services. Her passion for immigration-related issues has made her a significant immigrant activist. She also serves as the Citizenship Coordinator for Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC), organizing free Citizenship Drives throughout Florida.
Commissioner Maxwell-Williams has a deep-rooted commitment to community service. She has served as the Community Service Chair for the Kiwanis Club of Lauderdale Lakes, where she organized feeding programs for the homeless and provided services to Broward County youth shelters. She is an ally to the community and a mentor within Broward County Public Schools. Her passion for volunteerism, compassion, and activism is truly inspiring.
Commissioner Maxwell-Williams holds several appointments reflecting her commitment to public service and leadership. She is the vice-chair for the NLC Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL) Council, a Delegate for the Florida League of Cities, the 2nd Vice-chair of the Broward County Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), and a Director of the Broward League of Cities. She has held these positions since 2023 and continues to serve in them with distinction.
Commissioner Maxwell-Williams is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion as a Councilmember for the NLC Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL) Council. She works tirelessly to ensure all individuals have an equal opportunity to succeed and thrive in their communities.
As a Delegate for the Florida League of Cities, Commissioner Maxwell-Williams is committed to advocating for the interests of her constituents. She works collaboratively with other leaders to address the challenges facing her community and to find innovative solutions that benefit everyone.
As a Member of the Broward County Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), Commissioner Maxwell-Williams is dedicated to empowering women and promoting gender equality. She works tirelessly to ensure that women have access to the resources and opportunities they need to thrive in all aspects of life.
Finally, as Director of the Broward League of Cities, Commissioner Maxwell-Williams is committed to ensuring that local government is responsive and effective. She works closely with other leaders to identify and address issues facing the community and to find solutions that benefit everyone.
Commissioner Maxwell-Williams is a dedicated public servant who is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of her constituents. She brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise to her various roles, and she continues to be an important voice for change and progress in her community.
Commissioner Maxwell-Williams holds a Bachelor's degree in Management and is a Notary. She has received several awards for her community service and mentorship.
She is a devoted mother to five adult children and has been married for over 31 years. Her personal motto, "taking action, getting results," underscores her tireless efforts to serve her community.