Named as one of the 20 most influential general counsel in America by the National Law Journal, Angela F. Williams is bi-vocational — she is both an ordained minister and a lawyer. In 2007, Warner Books published a book inspired by Mrs. Williams’ life entitled One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success. Currently, Mrs. Williams is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administration Officer for the YMCA of the U.S.A. (“Y-USA”), the largest social service organization in the country. At the Y, Mrs. Williams works closely with the national board of directors and supports its governance structure, oversees the legal and operational aspects of a $40M multi-use commercial and residential development project in Israel, developed and oversees the enterprise risk management program and provides strategic leadership on national initiatives.
Prior to joining Y-USA, Mrs. 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 rebuild houses of worship. Mrs. Williams recently served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Litigation & Government Relations for Sears Holdings Corporation and was Sears’ Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer, responsible for ensuring that ethical practices and policies were developed, embedded and enforced. Her legal background includes practicing law with Bryan Cave LLP, as Special Counsel on Criminal Law to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on his Senate Judiciary Committee staff, Department of Justice prosecutor with the National Church Arson Task Force, federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Florida, and active duty in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps.
She is a 2005 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. This program seeks to develop our next generation of community-spirited leaders, providing them with the tools necessary to meet the challenges of corporate and civic leadership in the 21st century by honing their skills in values-based leadership. Each year 20 Crown Fellows are chosen from among young executives and professionals who have already achieved considerable success in the private or public sector.
Her educational degrees include a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia where she was an Echols Scholar, a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law and a Master of Divinity, cum laude, from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University.
She lives in Chicago with her husband Roderick Williams, who is a nonprofit leader in prisoner re-entry and programs that support prisoners and their families.