Dr. Darlene Williams

Dr. Darlene Williams: Chief Executive Officer

Contact Information: 718-369-0303

Dr. Darlene Williams is visionary and transformational executive leader with a strong commitment to empowering vulnerable communities as well as issues related to social injustice.  Her career in nonprofit organizations, New York City government, and as an Associate Adjunct Professor at Long Island University (LIU) is guided by her commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  She served as the inaugural Chief Program Officer at Women in Need (Win), overseeing Win’s extensive portfolio of Transitional and Supportive housing facilities as well as their associated programs and Operations.  She led efforts to transform the lives of NYC homeless women and children by providing safe housing and critical services, to help families rebuild their lives and break the cycle of homelessness.  Prior to her role at Win, Dr. Williams served as the Assistant Commissioner at the NYC Department of Veterans Services (DVS), and she held progressively responsible executive positions at the NYC Administration for Children’s Services and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).  Her career path demonstrates a dedication to and executive capacity for serving the City’s most vulnerable populations.

Dr. Williams is active in her community. She is a proud member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, serves on the Board of Directors of Black Agency Executives (BAE), and she is a member of the Community Coalition on Mental Health.  Born in Brooklyn but raised in Queens, NY, she is a product of the NYC Public School system.  She completed the Senior Executive Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals at the Columbia University Business School, earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Policy & Administration with honors from Walden University, her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Metropolitan College of NY, and her Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Audrey Cohen College. She is the proud recipient of the NYC Council Women’s History Month Heroine Award, Queens Borough Public Library Phenomenal Women Award, NYC Distinguished Service Award, Queens Borough President Citation of Honor, and recipient of the NYC Mayor’s Scholarship and she is a Northeast Regional Public Health Leadership Scholar.