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Angela F. Williams is President and CEO of United Way Worldwide.
She was previously President and CEO of Easterseals, the nation’s leading nonprofit provider of life-changing services and powerful advocacy for children and adults with disabilities, veterans, and older adults.
In this role, Williams is leading the organization as it marks its 100th Anniversary, leading strategy to drive growth and broaden impact as it begins its second century of service to America. The 10th person to lead Easterseals in its history, she is the first African American, and the first female within the past 43 years, to hold the post.
With 30 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit and corporate sectors, Williams was most recently Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administration Officer at YMCA of the USA, where she was instrumental in shaping strategy and developing resources to help 2,700 YMCAs across the country enhance outcomes for youth and families in 10,000 communities. She also had the unique opportunity to provide direct oversight in the construction of a $130M mixed-use development project in Jerusalem, Israel.
Williams began her professional career as an officer in the United States Air Force, serving in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps., an experience foundational to her ethic of service. Just prior to joining Y-USA in 2006, Williams was the Interfaith Liaison for the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund, a nonprofit organization formed to provide critically needed donations to assist the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. In this capacity, she was responsible for understanding the impact of Katrina on the faith community and overseeing the processing of $25 million in grants to houses of worship.
Among other leadership roles Williams has held: Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Litigation and Government Relations for Sears Holdings Corporation, also serving as the company’s Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer; Special Counsel on Criminal Law to Senator Edward M. Kennedy as a member of his Senate Judiciary Committee staff; Department of Justice prosecutor with the National Church Arson Task Force; and federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Florida.
Williams is a 2005 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a program committed to developing the next generation of community-spirited leaders by teaching them the values-based leadership skills needed to meet the challenges of corporate and civic leadership in the 21st century. Each year, 20 Crown Fellows are chosen from among young executives and professionals around the world who have already achieved considerable success in the private or public sector.
A native of Anderson, South Carolina, Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in American government from the University of Virginia, a juris doctor from the University of Texas School of Law and a master’s of divinity from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University.
She resides in Chicago with her husband, the Reverend Roderick Williams.