Sam A. Williams is one of the nation’s leading experts in urban competitiveness. At the helm of one of the nation’s most influential chambers of commerce for almost two decades, he led Atlanta’s high-profile business community and earned a national reputation for harnessing the power of business leaders to solve tipping point challenges. While working across the terms of three governors and four mayors, he created the blueprints for over fifteen public-private partnerships in Atlanta and recruited the Urban Statesmen to work on them.


Williams is a sought-after speaker and author, with ties to the Brookings Institution’s Global Cities initiative, the national think tank Partners for Livable Communities and advises Georgia State University on engagement in metro city initiatives.  In his role as Professor of Practice, Sam lectures at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. He is an active alumnus of Harvard Business School and Georgia Tech. Sam and his wife, Nancy, live in Atlanta. (Read more)



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