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Springfield city councilor Tracye Whitfield named 2020 ‘Commonwealth Heroine’

SPRINGFIELD – Tracye Whitfield of Springfield was honored June 24 as a 2020 Commonwealth Heroine by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.


State Sen. James Welch (D-West Springfield) recommended Whitfield for the recognition based on her work as a Springfield city councilor at-large and tremendous commitment to the people of Springfield. The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women virtually celebrated its 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 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.


A complete list of this year’s honorees is available by visiting