Anne Williams



Anne Kelly Williams is a veteran public affairs strategist and management consultant who advises organizations on strategic planning, board development, internal and external communications, and fundraising.

Most recently, Ms. Williams served as the Executive Director of The Policy Circle, a national grassroots network of women with active members in 40 states and 4 countries. The Policy Circle provides a fact-based, nonpartisan framework that inspires women to connect, learn about, and discuss public policies that impact their lives and entrepreneurial values in an open economy. Anne hired and managed the Policy Circle leadership team, directed communications and investor relations, coordinated the legal, financial and audit programs and instituted HR and governance policies.

Prior to directing The Policy Circle, Anne served as Executive Director of Charis, a national Jesuit nonprofit offering spiritual programming to young adults throughout the continental United States. At Charis, she drove a strategic rebrand and rebuild of the website, created new programming, and ultimately negotiated the successful merger of the program.

Ms. Williams served as Associate Director of the White House Office of Private Sector Initiatives in the Ronald Reagan Administration, coordinating public-private partnerships nationwide, developing and implementing programs jointly with corporations, nonprofits and government organizations. In this role, she served as the principal liaison to the Private Sector Initiatives Presidential Board of Advisors, directed Presidential recognition programs and regularly represented the President on issues concerning corporate social responsibility and public private partnerships. From 1986 – 1988, she coordinated a series of White House international conferences in France, Italy and Great Britain for government officials and business leaders.

Ms. Williams also served as the principal spokesperson for the Deputy Treasury Secretary John Robson, managing communications dealing with the regulation of the Savings and Loan industry, and the Resolution Trust Corporation, as well as the U.S. Treasury’s response to the 2001 Credit Crunch.

Ms. Williams is a graduate of Georgetown University, and holds a graduate certificate from the Basic Program of Liberal Arts Studies from the University of Chicago. She serves on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of Chicago, the Board of Directors of The House of Good Shepherd, and is one of 5 U.S. Commissioners on the RIAS Berlin Commission.

Anne and her husband reside in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.