featured image
whitney montanan article

Just Ask Whitney

When some of the world’s most powerful people want help changing it, they call Whitney Williams ’94.


The woman who roams the world missing Montana scrolls through her smartphone, scanning old messages.

“She left me the sweetest voice mail the other day,” Whitney Williams says. “I think this is it.”

Williams leans in and hits the play button. And even though she knows whose voice is about to ring out, Williams still beams and shakes her head at the sound of it.

“Hey, Whitney. It’s Hillary calling.”

First lady. U.S. senator. Secretary of state. Presidential candidate. Hillary. Just calling to, you know, say hey, and, thanks. After all, the two have worked together for more than two decades.

“I get calls from her every now and again,” she says. “And it’s like, ‘What an amazing life I have.’ My God! So I said to my nephew, ‘Find a way to save that.’”

Founder and CEO of Seattle-based social impact consulting firm williamsworks, Whitney Williams has dedicated her life to doing good in the world. And if the roster of powerful, wealthy people who turn to her for advice is any indication, she’s done it well.

Read More


Intern Q&A: Simon, Research Intern

Simon Walker has interned with williamsworks since April 2015. He recently graduated with a BA from the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, with a focus on International Political Economy. Simon is the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Jackson School Leadership Award for his demonstrated academic excellence and leadership potential.

Simon sat down to talk about his experiences in school and as an intern at williamsworks .
Read More

Dave Olsen 2

Dave Olsen featured in The Seattle Times discussing Eastern Congo Initiative

Ben Affleck’s Eastern Congo Initiative brings a message of hope to small-coffee-bean farmers, writes guest columnist Dave Olsen.

Read More


Intern Q&A: John, Research Intern

John Gallagher has interned at williamsworks since November 2013. A graduate student at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, John has a bachelor’s in international studies and Spanish from the University of Denver. He has worked in global development and community organizing for several nonprofits, and plans on graduating in June 2015 with a certificate in international development

John sat down to talk about his experience as an intern at williamsworks.

Read More

Shannon Keith

Intern Q&A: Shannon, Research Intern

Shannon Keith has interned at williamsworks since August, 2013. A student at the University of Washington, Shannon conducted research for williamsworks through the Jackson School of International Studies, and she plans to graduate in June with focus on international development and a minor in African Studies.

Shannon sat down to talk about her experiences in school and as an intern at williamsworks.

Read More

Katie MacDonald

Intern Q&A: Katie, Research Intern

Katie MacDonald has interned at williamsworks for over six months – previously working on trips but now working as a research intern – and has also worked for Save the Children. A student at the University of Washington, Katie studies Near Eastern Languages and Civilization as well as International Studies, and plans to graduate in the spring.

Katie sat down to talk about her experiences in school and as an intern at williamsworks.

Read More

The Hill

Op-Ed – 2014: Africa at last?

Co-authored by williamsworks Director Eric Williams and Eliot Pence, this article originally appeared in The Hill on February 12th, 2014.

The recent White House announcement that the first-ever “U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit” will be held this August, is the latest – and most conspicuous – example of the increasing focus on Africa by the U.S. and other governments. The summit is set to host 47 African heads of state, who will join President Obama in discussing trade and investment in Africa. This year therefore looks to be a fruitful year for those with high hopes for a continent growing rapidly as a center for trade and investment.

Read More

Rebecca Steelman

Intern Q&A: Rebecca, Trips Intern

Rebecca Steelman has been an intern in williamsworks’ trips department since June, 2013. Rebecca also serves as a consultant for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s education services department, and plans to graduate from the University of Washington this Spring with a triple-major of Political Science, International Studies, and Near Eastern Languages and Civilization.

Rebecca sat down to talk about her experiences in school and as an intern at williamsworks.

Read More

williamsworks turns ten

williamsworks turns ten

Ten years ago, williamsworks was founded on the belief that we can improve countless lives by partnering with extraordinary people. In the decade since, we’ve been privileged to work with some of the world’s most remarkable philanthropists, most effective organizations, and most conscientious corporations who are committed to making a difference in the world. Our success is built upon a community of like-minded individuals who believe that together we can do great big things. We are grateful for ten years of partnership with such an extraordinary group of innovators.

Read More