Our team is comprised of fiercely committed individuals who bring expertise in public policy, politics, philanthropy, communications and global development. For each client engagement, we hand select the team with the unique skills, expertise and style to help you achieve your goals.

To learn more about our core team, click on their individual names.


Whitney Williams

Founder + CEO

A native Montanan, Whitney Williams is Founder + CEO of williamsworks, and leads the firm’s work with inspiring individuals and organizations to create lasting change in the world. As First Lady Hillary Clinton’s Trips Director, she honed her innate expertise in drawing together smart people with powerful ideas, partners and initiatives to create lasting positive…

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Patricia Amira

Patricia Amira


Based in Kenya, Patricia Amira is a seasoned and versatile communications specialist with over 10 years’ experience, including both commercial radio and television. She was the creator and content driver of the first pan-African produced talk-show format, The Patricia Show, which was broadcast across the African continent, in Europe, Asia and the USA. Patricia has…

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Katherine James Schuitemaker

Katherine James Schuitemaker


Katherine James Schuitemaker is driven to help life-changing ideas and the people behind them succeed. At williamsworks her focus is on helping client leadership develop strategies for effectively building the multi-faceted base of support – internally and externally—to achieve their vision. Katherine’s 25-year experience in technology company executive, consultant and board roles ranges from scrappy,…

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Genevieve Roth


Genevieve is a consultant and communications specialist. She was the Director of Creative Engagement for the 2016 Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign. Previously, she was the executive director of Special Projects at Glamour Magazine and the producer of the Glamour Women of the Year Awards, which convenes and celebrates the world’s most remarkable female achievers. (Honorees include…

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De’Ara Balenger


De’Ara Balenger is a Director with williamsworks. She is a disruptor, creative and strategist. She has been a thought partner and strategist to brands like Everlane, Walmart and Piece & Co., media platforms like AT&T and Teen Vogue, cultural institutions like the New Museum, and high-profile celebrities and activists. With over a decade of experience…

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Wesley Frugé

Special Assistant

Wesley Frugé brings a diverse work background ranging from the public to private sectors to his role as Special Assistant to the CEO & Founder at williamsworks. In this position he works closely with the CEO to run the organization, and supports client work on special projects, project management and event planning. Wesley has been…

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Uzo Iweala


Uzodinma Iweala is an Advisor at williamsworks. He is also the CEO and editor-in-chief of Ventures Africa, a publication that looks at business, policy, innovation and culture on the evolving continent of Africa. He is an award-winning writer and a medical doctor. Iweala was a Radcliffe fellow at Harvard University where he worked on a…

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Shannon Keith

Senior Project Manager

As project manager, Shannon drives a variety of client engagements with key influencers, companies and nonprofit organizations seeking to create positive change in the world around them. She is experienced in helping companies develop strategic corporate giving programs and forging meaningful partnerships that advance social good. Shannon has also planned several learning trips for VIPs…

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Ed Bland


Ed oversees all elements of our consulting business. He also leads our impact investing practice and contributes to specific client engagements as needed. Prior to joining williamsworks, Ed was an independent microfinance consultant, where he worked most notably for Habitat for Humanity International, directing various projects related to Microbuild, their $100 million housing microfinance fund.…

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Margie Johnson Reese

Margie Johnson Reese


Margie Johnson Reese is an Advisor with williamsworks, bringing her 35-year portfolio as an arts advocate and arts management professional to our work with non-profits and arts organizations. She received a BA from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington and an MFA in Theater from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She recently relocated to…

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Carol Williams

Senior Advisor

Carol Williams’ career as an activist, peacemaker, educator, mother and grandmother has spanned four decades. As a passionate civil servant, Carol has dedicated her life to representing the people of Montana, maintaining a clean and healthy environment for future generations, promoting peace, and advocating for the rights of women and children. She spent more than…

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Pat Williams

Pat Williams

Senior Advisor

Congressman Pat Williams’ career has been dedicated to strengthening America’s education system, making schools safer for our children, fighting for the underprivileged and protecting his home state of Montana's special places for future generations. Starting as a teacher in Butte, as a state legislator, then as Montana’s Congressman and as a faculty member at the…

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