Judith Vaughan-Prather was appointed Executive Director of the Maryland Commission for Women (MCW) in July 2014. Before then, she served as Executive Director of the Montgomery County Commission for Women (MCCFW) for very nearly 35 years. Under her leadership, the MCCFW conducted successful projects on Single Mothers and Poverty, Educational Equity, Immigrant Women, Sexual Harassment, Pay Equity, Family Equity in the Courts, the Status of Women in Montgomery County, Work and Family Issues, Women and Girls in Technology, and Relationship Violence, among others. This work included organizing the annual Women’s Legislative Briefing, a conference attended by over 600 individuals and sponsored by 80 community organizations. Under her leadership, the Commission also sponsored the 2010 conference for the National Association of Commissions for Women including briefings at the White House and on Capitol Hill.
Ms. Vaughan-Prather holds a Masters Degree in Social Work Administration from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Commissions for Women. On March 15, 2001 she was inducted into the Montgomery County Human Rights Hall of Fame, and on January 25, 2015, she was inducted into the Montgomery County Women’s History Archives.