Vice Chair Rebecca L. Williams was re-elected to her first full three year term in November 2019, and is serving her first term as Vice Chair of the Union County Board of Commissioners this year.
Known for an emphasis on constituent outreach, fiscal issues, and quality of life matters, Vice Chair Williams brings a high level of commitment to her service. As Chair of the Policy & Administrative Code Committee, she is instrumental in updating ordinances, policies, and codes. She advocates for county-local shared services that save tax dollars while improving efficiency and has been in the forefront of LGBTQ advocacy, working with the Union County Office of LGBTQ Affairs to address housing, senior services, education, health, public safety, community engagement, and other areas of concern.
As a member of the Open Space Trust Fund, Williams has also worked with her colleagues to add hundreds of acres of land for public recreation and nature conservation. In October 2019, she organized Union County’s commemoration of 400 Years of Institutionalized Slavery in Colonized America, highlighted by George C. Wolfe’s “The Colored Museum” at the Union County Performing Arts Center.
Commissioner Williams prides herself on her openness and accessibility to all constituents. She remains a “grassroots” public servant, reaching out and following up with constituents to ensure their concerns are resolved.
A frequent speaker on women’s and LGBTQ+ empowerment, Freeholder Williams has served on panels for The Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers’s Eagleton Institute, The National Council of Negro Women, Emerge-NJ, and Garden State Equality among many other organizations.
Prior to her election to the Union County Commission, Williams served two terms on the Plainfield City Council. She spearheading the passage of Plainfield’s Earned Sick Leave ordinance, served as Chair of the Public Safety Committee and Recreation Committee, and served as liaison to the Advisory Commission on Hispanic Affairs. During her term as Council President, she led the City Council in support of a progressive agenda and economic development, contributing to Plainfield’s revitalization.
In addition to her legislative work, Vice Chair Williams is also a full-time faculty member of the Humanities Division at Essex County College in Newark, where she teaches American Literature, African American Literature, Effective Speech, English Composition, and Women’s Literature. She currently serves as co-faculty advisor to the college’s Gay/Straight Alliance.