Dr. Lisa Williams became the Chief Equity Officer in late 2020. She provides policy guidance, professional development, and counsel on how to close the achievement gap, while also working to increase diversity among the teaching pool.
As the Chief Equity Officer, Dr. Williams oversees the Ombudsman Office, the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement, the Hearings Office, and admissions for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
Before coming to Fairfax County Public Schools, Dr. Williams was the executive director of the Department of Equity and Cultural Proficiency in Baltimore County (Md.) Public Schools for 11 years. She provided district-wide leadership in the implementation of educational equity policy and training and professional development to the Board of Education and superintendent. She led the district on the topic of anti-racist teaching, learning, and other topics related to social justice in schools. She also worked to improve college readiness for underserved populations, to close the achievement gap for students in grades K-8, and to attract a more diverse group of teachers. In addition, she played a significant role in helping the system all but close the achievement gap in the graduation rate between Black and White students.
Dr. Williams had previously served as director of the Office of Title I at Baltimore County Public Schools. She has also served as a consultant with the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, and as an adjunct instructor at Notre Dame University of Maryland, McDaniel College, and York College.
Dr. Williams earned her doctorate in education in urban educational leadership from Morgan State University, a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Towson University, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Morgan State University.