May 17, 2017

National leader to head Hartford Foundation

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
Jay Williams will lead the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving beginning July 17.

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has named Jay Williams, a former assistant commerce secretary under the Obama administration, as its next president.

Williams, who lives in Washington, D.C., will begin his new role on July 17, succeeding former board Chairwoman Yvette Melendez, who has been serving as interim president. Linda J. Kelly, who served the foundation as president for more than 11 years, retired in March.

JoAnn H. Price, the foundation's board chairwoman, said Williams' expertise makes him "the right person, at the right time and the right place." His experience envelops capacity building, workforce readiness, economic security and urban revitalization, she said.

Williams most recently served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, leading the federal economic development agenda for nation as head of the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

Williams also served as deputy director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at The White House, where he was the principal liaison between the president of the United States and local elected officials. He had served as mayor of Youngstown, Ohio for more than 5 years and led a community development agency in Youngstown.

Established in 1925, the community foundation serves Hartford and 28 surrounding communities.

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