Dr. Damon A. Williams » SVP & Chief Education Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Dr. Damon A. Williams is a scholar, leader, and educator passionate about making organizations inclusive and excellent for all, creating equitable educational outcomes, and activating learning, youth development, and leadership in ways that are transformative and inspiring of new possibilities.
In September of 2013, he assumed a new role of global responsibility as the Senior Vice President for Program, Training, and Youth Development Services for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In this role, he is the chief youth development and education officer for the BGC Movement, as he leads the national program strategy for BGCA’s strategic outcome areas—Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles—with a focus on strengthening the Club experience and creating a new generation of leaders that expand the pipeline into higher education.
Prior to joining BGCA, he served for five years as associate vice chancellor, vice provost, chief diversity officer, and member of the educational leadership and policy analysis faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was the founding leader of the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement (DDEEA) a vertically integrated portfolio divisional infrastructure that includes the nation’s largest pre-college to college K-16 pipeline development program, the world’s only hip-hop urban arts scholarship program learning community (Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives/First Wave), innovative campus-wide partnerships to enhance STEM achievement and faculty diversification, research centers (WeiLab), and a four-city partnership with the National Posse Foundation.
He is a four-time scholar in residence for the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) leading sessions at the 2 Greater Expectations and High Impact Practices (HIP) Institutes, and serving as an authoring contributor in their Inclusive Excellence Project. He has served as a two-time scholar in residence for the prestigious American Council of Education (ACE) Fellowship Mid-Year Institute, lecturing on issues of strategic diversity leadership, retention, youth development, pre-college to college pipeline programs, faculty diversity, inclusion, and change management. In addition, he currently serves on the ACE Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board, the UC Berkeley Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board, the Gallaudet University Diversity Advisory, and the National Diversity Council Executive Board.
His most recent books, designed to be read alone or as companion books, Strategic Diversity Leadership: Activating Change and Transformation In Higher Education and The Chief Diversity Officer: Strategy, Structure, and Change Management (Co-authored with Dr. Katrina Wade Golden) provide a sophisticated and nuanced approach to assist leaders with the overall process of leading diversity themed change and developing sound diversity infrastructures and strategies.
He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Higher and Post-Secondary Education (CSHPE), where his focus was in the area of organizational behavior and management. He received his master’s degree in educational leadership and his bachelor’s degree in sociology both from Miami University.