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Biography


Barbara Miller-Williams currently serves as the 1st District Erie County Legislator.  She was the first African American Woman to serve as Chairperson of the Erie County Legislature.  She is a former Ellicott District Councilmember and continues to serve as an advocate with a passionate voice for the revival of Buffalo. 

Legislator Miller-Williams is honored to have served our Country as a Master Sergeant/Equal Opportunity Advisor in the United States Army Reserve where she retired in 2016.  She is also a former Buffalo Police Officer (Retired) serving the Community for over 29 years.  

Ms. Miller-Williams holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Masters of Science Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration.   She is a graduate of Leadership Buffalo Class of 1995 and 1997 and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc., Gamma Phi Omega Chapter, Harriet Tubman 300’s, Inc., Judges and Police Conference of WNY, Afro-American Police Association, N.A.A.C.P., Buffalo Urban League, and the Buffalo Place Board of Directors.  She continues to progressively serve her community and is active in the religious, educational and civic communities.  

She has been noted for her Leadership and Community Achievement as the recipient of numerous Service Awards.  Ms. Miller-Williams was recently selected to receive the New York State Association of Black & Puerto Rican Legislators Arthur O. Eve Service Award, Black Achievers in Industry Award, Women for Effective Change Golden Flame Award, Los Tainos Ana Cotton Award, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Service Award, True Bethel Invisible Soldier Award, Afro-American Police Community Trail Blazer Award, Uncrowned  Queen Award and the WBLK/93.7 Radio Professional of the Month Award.

Ms. Barbara Miller-Williams’ favorite quote is “I am just an Ordinary Woman who has been blessed to do Extra-ordinary things” and her motto for leadership is “Always be ready to serve the community!”  A lifelong resident of Buffalo, Ms. Miller-Williams worships at Saint  John Baptist Church and  is also family oriented; a proud parent of two daughters and four grandchildren who  remains dedicated to helping to move our community forward and advocate for a better future for all children and families throughout Erie County.