Vice Mayor Karlene Maxwell-Williams
Current Term: 2020-2024
Seat Number: 4
About Vice Mayor Karlene Maxwell-Williams
Vice Mayor Maxwell-Williams was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to the United States as a teenager, growing up in Harlem, in New York City. She has been a resident of Lauderdale Lakes for more than 20 years. She learned from an early age that if things were going to happen, she would have to work hard and ignore the negativity and make them happen.
Vice Mayor Maxwell-Williams elected to the Lauderdale Lakes City Commission on November 3, 2020, and was appointed as Vice Mayor on November 22, 2022, and the Vice-chair for Lauderdale Lakes Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), also in November, 2022.
Vice Mayor Maxwell-Williams worked with the Florida Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement for 15 years before branching off to start her own Mediation and Divorce business. She works as a contractor for Broward County Courts, as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator, and as a volunteer judge at the Broward County Teen Court.
Vice Mayor Maxwell-Williams is the Department of Justice Accredited Representative. As an accredited representative she is a non-attorney who has demonstrated to the Department of Justice, that she has enough education and experience in immigration law to provide immigration legal services. She is the Citizenship Coordinator for Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC). As the Citizenship Coordinator she organizes and coordinates free Citizenship Drives throughout Florida. She has a love for Immigration-related issues and is an immigrant activist.
As a former Community Service Chair for the Kiwanis Club of Lauderdale Lakes, Vice Mayor Maxwell-Williams organized, coordinated, and participated in feeding the homeless. She has also worked to provide services to Broward County youth shelters and continues to do so today. Vice Mayor Maxwell-Williams is also a mentor within Broward County Public Schools. She is a passionate ally to her community, with a heart for volunteerism, compassion, and activism.
Vice Mayor Maxwell-Williams has a Bachelor’s degree in Management and is a Notary. She is a recipient of several awards as a mentor and for her work in the community.
Vice Mayor Maxwell-Williams is a mother of five adult children, and a wife of over 30 years.
Her motto is “taking action, getting results.”