Joseph Williams has committed himself to serving our local community for nearly 20 years. Married with three children and one grandson.
Williams started his formal education in 1998 as a student at San Bernardino Valley College, and while continuing his education, was elected to serve as student trustee to the San Bernardino Community College Board.
In January of 2013 Williams was appointed as a full member of the San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees and eventually in 2014 was elected to the Board and currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees. Williams is also the President of the African American Community College Trustees Association.
Williams is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of a youth services agency called Youth Action Project (YAP). YAP mission is to empower youth and young adults in the development of the skills and habits to experience economic and social success. Under his leadership, YAP has forged partnerships with the San Bernardino City Unified School District and Loma Linda University to obtain AmeriCorps resources in communities throughout the San Bernardino area. Since 2007, YAP has hired and trained over 200 college students who have mentored over 2,000 high school students in the San Bernardino Unified School District, while securing over $2 million in federal, state and private funds for community and youth based programs.
Prior to his tenure at YAP, Williams worked for both the County of San Bernardino, where he held positions in Workforce Development Department, the Department of Behavioral Health and the County Sheriffs Inmate Services Unit; Williams also serviced as a Workforce Liaison in the City of San Bernardino Employment and Training Agency. Williams wears several policy hats as an appointee of Governor Jerry Brown to the California Workforce Development Board and is a member of the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board. Additionally, Williams also serves on the following boards and commissions: California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, Southern California Edison Consumer Advisory Panel, San Bernardino Economic and Training Foundation, San Bernardino County Schools Work-based Learning Committee, and the Rialto Re-Development Successor Agency Oversight Board.
Williams was profiled by California Forward as one of California’s “Forward Thinkers” and named an “Everyday Hero” honoree by Molina Healthcare and received the Black Rose Award from the Black Cultural Foundation. Williams was recently recognized as one of San Bernardino Valley College’s 90 Distinguish Alumni and has received countless awards and commendation from elected officials, civic groups and community based organizations.
Williams earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands and a Masters of Arts in Social Impact from Claremont Lincoln University and holds a Certificate in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California.
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