Charlotte Lewellen Williams (DrPH, MPH) is Professor of Public Health and Director of the Center on Community Philanthropy (The Center) at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. The Center is dedicated to expanding the knowledge, tools, and practice of community-spawned and community-driven philanthropy.
As a champion of building communities into places where all people can thrive, Williams leads The Center’s work in Arkansas and the region that lift up community philanthropy as a powerful influence for turning communities toward positive change. Williams is responsible for launching The Center in its core work areas of Leadership, Scholarship/Research, and Convening.
Williams develops and manages key projects of The Center that focus on building community-based solutions and programs dedicated to eliminating disparities and promoting social justice. She has developed and teaches a course on community philanthropy for graduate students at the Clinton School.
Williams has co-authored a book entitled “Passing the Torch; Planning for the Next Generation of Leaders in Public Service.” The book features an analysis of succession planning across a variety of nonprofit organizations and examines what will motivate the next generation of public servants.
As a community and civic leader, Williams serves on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Chancellor’s Committee on Race and Ethnicity. She is also an advisory board member of Circles USA. She holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Office of Global Health and is Associate Faculty with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Institute on Race and Ethnicity.
A business administration graduate from Howard University, Washington, D.C., Williams earned her doctoral degree in Public Health and her master’s degree in Public Health from the UAMS College of Public Health. In her academic research experience, she has extensively studied and published papers in several peer reviewed journals including Academic Medicine, the Journal of Communication and theJournal of Nonprofit Management and Leadership.
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