Upson named West Virginia Women’s Commission executive director

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Friday the appointment of Jill Upson as executive director of the West Virginia Women’s Commission.

Jill Upson (File)

Upson, a former state lawmaker, serves as the executive director of the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs. She will continue to serve in the position.

A department release cited Upson’s support of the commission as a reason for her appointment. Upson has been involved in multiple organization events, including the annual Women’s and Girls’ Day at the state Legislature.

“It is an honor to be chosen to lead WVWC and I am looking forward to beginning this work with the support of the Commission board,” she said. “West Virginia’s women and girls are leaders, change-makers, visionaries and hard workers. The Commission will continue its legacy to provide support, education and opportunities for all we serve.”

The commission’s executive director position has been open since 2016; Julie Palas has served in an interim role.

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