James Williams
Pronouns
He/ Him/His
Year
2020
Chapter
Position
Director of Racial Justice Policy, Fair Share Housing Center

James is the Director of Racial Justice Policy with the Fair Share Housing Center (FSHC) of New Jersey. In this capacity James plays a leadership role in charting the next generation of state and national policy to address critical issues of racial justice, fair housing, climate change, and disaster recovery, coordinating FSHC's work in this area and collaborating with a diverse range of other groups on the state level and nationally. Prior to joining FSHC, James served as an Apprenticeship Program Specialist in the Research, Policy and Innovation Business Unit at Philadelphia Works Inc. Where he was responsible for promoting, supporting and advancing pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs in the Southeast Pennsylvania region. He was responsible for conducting outreach to employers and apprenticeship partners, providing technical assistance, developing the programs and so much more.

Prior to joining Philadelphia Works, James worked as the Manager of Community Engagement for the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. James was a frequent speaker at community events and forums throughout the state. In addition to speaking events, James was responsible for establishing community relationships, connecting residents to services and advocating their concerns. These events were focused on Criminal Justice Reform, Economic Mobility and Civic Engagement.

Before joining the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, he worked for the United States Air Force with their Family Advocacy Program at Good fellow Air Force Base and Kirtland Air Force Base. Prior to that position he worked primarily in higher education for Fayetteville State University, Troy University, Brown Mackie College and Park University, as a lecturer of Criminal Justice. He has worked with police departments, military installations and community organizations on a variety of issues including, Community Policing, Juvenile Justice, and Police Procedures. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and other fraternal organizations.

James obtained his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.