Board Members

Desiree Y. Murphy, ESQ.

Vice President

Desiree Murphy is a Senior Labor and Employee Relations Specialist at UMass Memorial Medical Center (UMass), where she is responsible for managing the Medical Center’s union relationship and facilitating its collective bargaining obligations to include collective bargaining negotiations, grievances, and arbitration proceedings.  Prior to joining UMass, Attorney Murphy was an Associate at Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP, where she represented and advised employers from a variety of industries in labor and employment matters.  Prior to joining the firm, Attorney Murphy was a Labor Counsel in the Department of Labor Relations at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (“MBTA”), where she represented and advised management in various labor matters and disputes.

In 2020, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly honored Attorney Murphy as an “Up & Coming Lawyer.” Attorney Murphy is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law (J.D., 2013) and Brandeis University (B.A., cum laude, 2010). Attorney Murphy is an active member of the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys (MBWA), for which currently serves as the Corresponding Secretary and Communications Chair.

MBWA Board Members

Patrice C. Dixon


Desiree Murphy

Vice President

Shahria Boston


Danielle Johnson

Corresponding Secretary

Janette A. Ekanem

Immediate Past President

Francesse Canty

Board Member

Tara Dunn

Board Member

Tierra A. Jenkins

Board Member

LaRonica Lightfoot

Board Member

Raquel Webster

Board Member

Jasmine Wells

Board Member