STVU Alumna Makes History as First African American Woman to Lead United Way Worldwide

Written by: Ricky Parker, C'08 VUUNAA Communications and Marketing Committee
Angela F. Williams

This September, United Way Worldwide appointed Angela F. Williams, to serve as the President and CEO of the organization.

Williams – a graduate of the Virginia Union University Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology – makes history as the first African American woman to sit at the helm of the global organization.

“I am absolutely honored to join the world’s leading charity at a key moment in the organization’s history and world events,” Williams said in a statement. “Around the world, issues of health, education and economic sustainability are at the forefront of ensuring equality and access to a good quality of life.”

“I recognize and appreciate the tremendous role that United Way Worldwide plays in supporting individuals and families and transforming communities.  I am committed to working with the Board, volunteers, partners, and staff to build on the rich legacy of the organization in its second century of service.”

Prior to her appointment with United Way Worldwide, Williams served as president and CEO of Easterseals, a role she has held since 2018. While at Easterseals, she oversaw the day-to-day operations of providing disability services and additional support services to veterans and military families, seniors, and caregivers.

Before joining Easterseals, Williams spent 11 years as executive vice president, general counsel, and chief administration officer at YMCA of the USA (YMCA).  Prior to her position at YMCA, Williams was the interfaith liaison for the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund, where she helped assess the effects on and manage the financial support for houses of worship in areas impacted by the hurricane.

Williams is a shining example of a VUU Panther living out the Promise of a Limitless Future.

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