Angela F. Williams is president and CEO of Easterseals, the nation’s leading nonprofit provider of life-changing services and powerful advocacy for people with disabilities of all ages, including veterans and seniors. She is the first Black woman to hold this post and was hired in 2018 as a change agent to lead Easterseals into its second century of service.
Under her leadership, Easterseals has a new network-wide strategic plan to broaden inclusion, empowerment, and access for the 1.5 million people the organization serves annually—and for the one in four Americans living with disability today. The plan strengthens Easterseals’ National Network of 67 affiliates to serve more individuals and families living with disability through expansion of services, and increased support from corporate, foundation and individual donors.
Additionally, Williams’ strategic plan includes a stronger focus on advocacy at the federal and state levels, designed to ensure that people with disabilities have greater access to health care, education, and employment opportunities. As part of that effort, through work with public and private entities, technology has been elevated as a priority since the virtual world is increasingly the most essential point of access to services and inclusion for people with disabilities.
With more than 30 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit and corporate sector, Williams brings a long history of purpose-driven work to her role at Easterseals. Most recently, she was EVP, general counsel and chief administration officer at YMCA of the USA. In her 11 years at the organization, 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. While with the Y, she also had the unique opportunity to provide direct oversight in the construction of a $130M mixed-use development project in Jerusalem, Israel to support its community services.