Commonwealth Heroine

DATE: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

HCC's Tracye Whitfield honored by Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women

Sy Becker inteviews Tracye Whitfield during a Black History Month event at HCC in February 2020.

Tracye Whitfield, director of contract sales for HCC's division of Business & Community Services, was honored by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as a 2020 Commonwealth Heroine.

State Sen. James Welch (D-West Springfield) recommended Whitfield for the annual recognition for her tremendous commitment to the people of Springfield and work as a Springfield city councilor at-large. The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women virtually celebrated the 17th-annual Commonwealth Heroines Class of 2020 by sharing a slideshow on social media on June 24, the date originally scheduled for the in-person event at the Massachusetts State House. 

Whitfield, a Springfield resident, has a long, respectable history of community work within the city of Springfield. She has served as a co-chair of the Mason Square C3, a board co-chair of Wellspring Cooperative since 2018 (board member since 2017), a board trustee of Association of Black Businesses and Professionals since 2015, and board trustee of Sabis International Charter from 2013 to 2018. 

She also works as director of contract sales for the division of Business & Community Services at Holyoke Community College and is director of business development for Training & Workforce Options – TWO – a partnership between HCC and Springfield Technical Community College. 

"Tracye has become a leader in the Springfield community by working closely with elected residents, local organizations, and elected officials to improve quality of life.," said Sen. Welch. "I am grateful for her service and her compassion for the wellbeing of individuals and societies."  

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is an independent state agency that was legislatively created in 1998 to advance women of the Commonwealth to full equality in all areas of life and to promote their rights and opportunities.

PHOTO by CHRIS YURKO: WWLP 22-News reporter Sy Becker interviews Tracye Whitfield during a Black Entrepreneur's Showcase event she helped organize at HCC in February for Black History Month.