Hi, I'm Marsha
WHERE I COME FROM
I was raised in Camden, New Jersey by my loving and supportive parents, Percy and Rutha Richardson. My parents were very involved in my community and school. It is from them that I learned the importance of giving back to the community and advocating for what is right. I attended Douglass College at Rutgers University - New Brunswick where, in 1997, I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a Certificate in Criminology. From early on, I knew that I wanted to be an attorney. I moved to Maryland to attend law school at Howard University School of Law in 1997. I then moved to St. Mary's County in 2002 after marrying Corey T. Williams. Our son Charles attends a St. Mary's County Public Schools high school.
A THRIVING CAREER
In 2000, I earned my Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law. Upon graduating from law school, I began my legal career with the House of Ruth of Maryland. While at the House of Ruth, I represented clients in protective and peace order cases.
I joined the Maryland Legal Aid - Southern Maryland Office as a Staff Attorney in 2002. I was later promoted to Senior Attorney where I focused additional time on monitoring legislation relating to family and child welfare. As an attorney at Maryland Legal Aid, I represented children in child welfare proceedings in Maryland’s trial and appellate courts, family involvement meetings, school disciplinary, and special education meetings.
In 2018, I partnered with two other women to open a law firm, Williams, McClernan, & Stack LLC, in Leonardtown, MD. It was important to us to establish a well respected law firm while allowing us time to give back to the community through our time and services.
GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
I believe in giving back to the community in which I live and work. I help other small businesses by volunteering with the St. Mary's County Chamber of Commerce, currently as First Vice Chair. I was the VP and President of Esperanza Middle School's Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). I was an ex officio board member of the Youth Advisory Commission for St. Mary's County. I am currently a member of the St. Mary's County NAACP's Education Committee where I interact with members of the Board of Education and have served on the Equity Task Force Committee.
Working Hard for Our Children, Teachers & Parents
I am running for St. Mary's County Board of Education - District 1, because I believe that all children deserve a high-quality education in a safe environment, and that parents and teachers should be listened to and supported. I am an attorney and small business owner, and my husband and I have been parents of a St. Mary's County Public Schools student for over 10 years. As a Board Member, I will work hard for children, teachers, and parents. Ensuring our children are ready by graduation will be my top priority. I will encourage open communication and be receptive and responsive to feedback, ideas, and concerns.