Kenita T. Williams

Director, Leadership Development

Kenita Williams joined the Southern Education Foundation (SEF) team in January 2017 as the Director of SEF’s exciting new initiative, the Racial Equity Leadership Network (RELN), an intense cohort-style fellowship for C-level leaders from school districts in the South committed to equity-centered systems change as a solution to addressing racial and economic disparities.

Kenita brings a wide range of knowledge and critical experience to SEF, having held positions in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.  Prior to joining SEF, Kenita was the Partnerships Manager for the Atlanta Public Schools’ (APS) where she worked to secure vital resources and community partners to support APS’ goal of ensuring a better future for all students in every classroom, every school and every neighborhood.

Before joining APS, Kenita served as the Senior Program Manager at the Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF) where she led SECF's government affairs and public policy work, managed the Hull Fellows Emerging Leaders Program and served as SECF's liaison to the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance.  Additionally, Kenita spent several years as a consultant for JFM Consulting Group, Inc. in Detroit—doing strategic planning and program evaluation for the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. She was also a Public Policy Fellow for two years with the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF). Prior to CMF, Kenita spent a year working on Capitol Hill for then-Senator Barack Obama. Kenita is also a Teach for America (TFA) alumna and spent three years teaching third-grade in Atlanta. 

Academically, Kenita earned her B.A. in Political Science from Yale University, her Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and a teaching certificate from Georgia State University.  She was recently accepted in the Doctor of Education program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education and will matriculate in the program the fall of 2017. 

Kenita is originally from Oakland, California, and now lives in Tyrone, GA with her husband Adam and daughter, Kennedy. 

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