Janelle Williams was no stranger to the work of the Atlanta Civic Site when she came on board last fall. For more than four years, she led efforts to incorporate data analysis and evaluation into its program design and implementation and to promote policies that support underserved families at The Center for Working Families, Inc. — a community-based service provider that helps adults work toward economic stability. She also directed the integration and implementation of best practices that align with the organization's strategic and operational plans.
In her new role, Williams will work with staff, residents and other partners and stakeholders to address the needs of the children, families and communities. She will coordinate and manage assessment, research and evaluation efforts to ensure the Civic Site programs are achieving their intended results. She also will develop collaborative partnerships to advance strategies and goals that support families in NPU–V.
Williams has extensive research experience in an array of socioeconomic and international issues. Before coming to The Center for Working Families, Inc., she helped assess the statewide implementation of the Reading First curriculum in kindergarten through third grade at the University of Georgia. Williams also served as a congressional fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives, conducting policy research and analysis on issues tied to education, health, workforce development and immigration. As a fellow, she was part of a team that drafted federal legislation that was unanimously adopted as an amendment to the College Opportunity and Affordability Act to promote a community-centered approach to deterring gang violence and reducing recidivism rates among former juvenile offenders. Williams earned a master's in public administration from the University of Georgia, as well as a Bachelor of Science in psychology and Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Florida Memorial University, where she was valedictorian.