FCPS Names New Chief Equity Officer

News Release
November 16, 2020

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand has named Lisa Williams, who currently serves as executive director of the Department of Equity and Cultural Proficiency in Baltimore County (Md.) Public Schools, as the district’s new Chief Equity Officer, effective on a date to be determined.

“Dr. Williams is a seasoned educational equity professional who provides policy guidance, professional development, and counsel on how to close the achievement gap as well as increasing diversity among the teaching pool,” said Brabrand. “We feel her expertise will help ensure that equity is a priority in all of our work going forward.”

Williams has been responsible for equity in Baltimore County Public Schools since 2009, providing district-wide leadership in the implementation of educational equity policy and training and professional development to the Board of Education and superintendent. She has led the district on the topic of anti-racist teaching, learning, and other topics related to social justice in schools. She has 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. During her tenure at Baltimore County Public Schools, Williams played a significant role in helping the system all but close the achievement gap in the graduation rate between Black and White students.

At Baltimore County Public Schools, Williams previously served as director of the Office of Title I. 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.

As Chief Equity Officer, Williams will be responsible for 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.

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.