Health Center CEO Presented with 2020 Dean Michael Shinagel Award

  • November 30, 2020

Whittier Street Health Center President and CEO Frederica Williams was recently awarded the 2020 Dean Michael Shinagel Award for Service to Others, presented by the Harvard Extension Alumni Association.


When Frederica Williams, CSS ’91, was in England earning her undergraduate degree in finance, she thought she’d eventually work at the London Stock Exchange. Later, after moving to Boston in 1984, she envisioned a long career in banking or corporate finance.

More than three decades later, the Sierra Leone native is president and CEO of an organization that caters not to men in suits, but to greater Boston’s most vulnerable communities. And in her 18 years at the helm of the Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, Williams’ impact has been monumental.

A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

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