Commission for Women - Commissioners - Mattie Palmore
Mattie Palmore , At-Large, Minority
Mattie Palmore has worked for over 30 years as an advocate for housing for homeless persons, and for assistance for physically and mentally challenged persons, and on behalf of the youth and senior citizens of Fairfax County. Ms. Palmore is the former Director of Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services Homeless Transition Program in Alexandria, and a former Fairfax County Magistrate. She co-founded the Women's Group of Mount Vernon, which was recognized by the Attorney General's office and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2009 for providing a safe environment for victims of abuse.
In her role as a victim advocate, Ms. Palmore is on the Fairfax County Region I Area Resource Team, which works on domestic violence prevention and service coordination with the local government agencies, the judicial system, area non-profit organizations and local businesses. She was honored to be appointed to the Josiah Beeman Commission, established to make fundamental changes in Virginia's mental health system. She also served as the Vice Chair and is now the Mount Vernon representative to the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.
Ms. Palmore received the 2006 Women We Admire Award, presented by Black Women United for Action, the 2011 Joe Adinaro award for her Advocacy, and the 2012 Molina Healthcare Community Champions Award, and she was one of five finalists for Queen Latifah's 2006 Project Confidence Award.