A Framingham resident since 1985, Dr. Yvonne M. Spicer grew up in Brooklyn, New York. By the age of 23 she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Arts and Technology and a Master of Science degree in Technology Education. She started a teaching career in Framingham and rose to department chair. She continued her education, earning a Doctorate of Education in 2004 at University of Massachusetts – Boston, and has been awarded three honorary doctoral degrees.
In 2006 Yvonne was tapped to lead a new division at the Museum of Science, Boston. She became the Vice President for Advocacy and Educational Partnerships. In this start up role she developed partnerships with policy makers, municipalities, business leaders, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations. She collaborated with leaders in 35 states and internationally. Governor Deval Patrick appointed her to the inaugural Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council. She was reappointed by Governor Charlie Baker in 2017. She has been a committee member of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable and an Advisory Board Member of the MA State Treasurer’s Economic Empowerment Trust fund. She is a former advisor to the National Governors Association.
Yvonne was a Framingham Town Meeting Member representing precinct 6 and she served on the Ways and Means Committee. She was elected the first Mayor of Framingham and the first popularly elected African American woman mayor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2017.