Aaron S. Williams

RTI International

Aaron Williams is executive vice president of RTI’s Government Relations and Corporate Communications group. From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Williams served as executive vice president of RTI’s International Development Group (IDG). Prior to his return to RTI in 2012, Mr. Williams was appointed by President Barack Obama as the 18th Director of the U.S. Peace Corps, serving in that capacity from 2009 to 2012. Before his Peace Corps appointment, he was vice president of international business development for RTI from 2003 to 2009. Previously, Mr. Williams served for 22 years as a senior official at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he attained the rank of career minister in the Senior Foreign Service. His awards include the USAID Distinguished Career Service Award in 1998 and the Presidential Award for Distinguished Service in 1988 and 1992.

Mr. Williams has had a distinguished career as a senior executive in government, business, and nonprofit organizations, with broad experience in policy formulation, strategic planning, and the design and implementation of development assistance programs. He has directed a wide range of development assistance programs in the areas of economic policy development and economic growth, trade and investment promotion, banking and finance, democracy and governance, education, housing and urban development, and public health.

Mr. Williams has broad experience in the strategic design and management of assistance programs, including long-term assignments in South Africa, Honduras, Haiti, Costa Rica, and Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean islands region. In his role as a senior official at USAID, Mr. Williams provided policy and program leadership to major government organizational units, both in headquarters and field assignments. During his career as an executive with foundation and international consulting organizations, Mr. Williams has led project design teams in several countries, working in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. He has created and managed innovative public-private partnerships between global corporations, government entities (in the United States and host countries), nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and international foundations.

Mr. Williams is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, serves on the Board of Trustees of the Ron Brown Scholar Program, is a board member of Seed Global Health, and is a board member of the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign. He has also served on the boards of directors of CARE, the National Peace Corps Association, and the Institute for Sustainable Communities. Mr. Williams served on the Obama-Biden transition team. In 2015, he was appointed by President Barack Obama as the U.S. Alternative Representative to the executive board of the United Nations children’s fund (UNICEF). He is a frequent lecturer and panelist on international development topics at universities, research and policy institutes, and U.S. and global conferences. During his tenure as Peace Corps director, he led White House delegations to the 2012 presidential inauguration in Guatemala and to the bicentennial celebration of the independence of Paraguay in 2011.

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