Karlene Maxwell-Williams is a passionate ally to her community, with a heart for volunteerism and activism; She has an insatiable appetite for Immigration-related issues since she was a teenager in Jamaica, helping farm workers complete paperwork. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Karlene moved to Manhattan, New York in 1989 and Fort Lauderdale in 1990. She has a degree in Management from the University of Phoenix. She has worked for the State of Florida Child Support Enforcement, is a Broward County Supreme Court Mediator, a Commissioner for Lauderdale Lakes, and after years of volunteering with FLIC’s Citizenship Drive, she now works with FLIC as their Citizenship Coordinator. Karlene has volunteered with the Feed the Homeless Program for more than 20 years. During the COVID-19 pandemic she organized food drives and mask giveaways, as well as assisting foreign nationals trapped locally due travel restrictions. She is a social justice supporter, marching with Black Lives Matter, and attends rallies to prevent the unfair deportation of the undocumented and their families.
She is a wife of 30 years and a proud mother of four, two boys aged 32 and 28, and two girls aged 25 and16.
Karlene enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and shopping.