Commissioner Karlene Maxwell-Williams
Seat Number: 4
About Commissioner Karlene Maxwell-Williams
Commissioner Karlene Maxwell-Williams was elected to the Lauderdale Lakes City Commission on November 3, 2020.
Commissioner Karlene Maxwell-Williams was born in Kingston, Jamaica and moved to the United States at a young age, growing up in Manhattan, New York. Commissioner Maxwell-Williams learned at an early age that if things were going to happen, she’d have to work early, work hard, and work often, to make them happen.
Commissioner Maxwell-Williams met and married her husband Martin Williams, and over the course of their now 29-years marriage, the family grew when she became the mother of four incredible adult children, two sons and two daughters. Commissioner Maxwell-Williams worked with the Florida Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement for 15 years before branching off to start her own business, Maxwell Mediation and Maxwell Solutions, assisting with legal documents such as immigration, motions concerning child support issues, marriage and divorce, and providing notary services.
Having established herself in this area, Commissioner Maxwell-Williams diversified her interests and her education, receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Management degree, and beginning her work with the Broward County Courts, as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator, a County Mediator trainer and a volunteer judge at the Broward County Teen Court. Never short on ideas and energy she also devoted time to good causes, showing a volunteering nature that also passed to her family.
Whether it was working with helping the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Commissioner Maxwell-Williams made sure to make time for her friends and neighbors. She took part in the LifeNet4Families feeding program, she delivered groceries and meals to the elderly in her city and her county. As an immigrant herself, Karlene has worked with the Florida Immigrant Coalition for the last 4 years, assisting them with their citizenship drives. She helped provide lunches for Florida Medical Center Healthcare workers and assisted Jamaican nationals stranded in Ft. Lauderdale due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Commissioner Maxwell-Williams organized food drives and mask giveaways in Lauderdale Lakes working to help provide and protect her community when they needed it most. She marched in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter human rights movements against violence and racism towards African Americans and assisted with the City of Lauderdale Lakes as a Census Committee member.
In November 2020, Commissioner Maxwell-Williams ran a successful campaign for public office and was elected Commissioner Seat 4, in her beloved City of Lauderdale Lakes.
Commissioner Maxwell-Williams has been a member of Saint Benedict Episcopal Church for 25 years and credits her faith and her family, for the heart and drive, to give back to others less fortunate than herself and to give thanks for all the blessings she has, and continues, to receive.