Mr. Williams resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has worked in Child Welfare for more than 20 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at Lincoln University and a Master of Science degree in Social Work at Temple University. He currently is working on a doctoral Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Eastern University.
Mr. Williams currently serves as Chief Learning Officer for the Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS). Prior to this assignment in 2016, he served as the Deputy Commissioner for the Children and Youth Division at DHS. In addition to serving at the executive leadership level, he has provided direct service and management in various capacities within DHS such as: Philadelphia’s 24-hour Hotline emergency call center; General Intake and child abuse investigations; Sex abuse investigations; Family Preservation/reunification services; and Cross-Over Youth practice implementation. He is a former trainer for the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training program and has facilitated trainings of the Pennsylvania Safety Assessment practice model across the state.
Mr. Williams also served as Project Manager for DHS’ system reform transformation in 2007, sanctioned by the mayor of Philadelphia, whereby; DHS adopted the nationally recognized Safety Assessment Practice model and developed a Hotline Guided Decision-Making system standardizing accept for service decisions. He currently leads DHS University, the professional development support center for DHS, as the department strives towards Improving Outcomes for Children; cultivating a Safety Culture; and implementing strategies for Rightsizing the system to promote child safety, well being and permanency.