Board Members

Janette A. Ekanem, ESQ.

Immediate Past President

Janette A. Ekanem is an associate at the Law Firm Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP (HRW) where she represents businesses, nonprofits, human service providers, colleges, universities, and other entities in a variety of employment matters. Attorney Ekanem’s practice involves providing comprehensive counsel on hiring, personnel policies, discrimination, retaliation, investigations, pay equity, and wage and hour compliance. Prior to joining HRW, Attorney Ekanem worked in the Employment Law Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS).

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys for five years, Attorney Ekanem has served as Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s (MBA) Labor and Employment Section Council, and she currently serves on the steering committee for the Boston Bar Association’s (BBA) Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Steering Committee, and the MBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. She is also a member of the Clark University President Leadership Council, and has served multiple terms on the BBA Real Estate Section Steering Committee, the Community Service Committee of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, and was selected to the BBA Public Interest Leadership Program.

In 2020, Attorney Ekanem was selected to Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, and is recognized in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch. In 2019, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly honored Attorney Ekanem as an “Up & Coming Lawyer,” and she received the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from Clark University.

Attorney Ekanem holds a B.A. in Government and International Relations, Magna Cum Laude, (2009) and a Master of Public Administration (2010), from Clark University. She is a 2013 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law.

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