Betsy Williams is the Founder and Co-Chair of Emerging Public Leaders, an innovative fellowship program committed to driving Africa’s development by creating a new generation of civil service leaders committed to achieving extraordinary social impact. Emerging Public Leaders builds off of the success and impact of the President’s Young Professionals Program in Liberia (PYPP), which she launched with former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf upon seeing the country’s urgent need for a stronger civil service following two civil wars, and recognizing the potential of youth to drive that progress.
Ms. Williams’ work has focused on the intersection of social development, foreign policy, and global health, having launched and supported innovative programs at USAID, JSI, Asia Society, and Physicians for Human Rights. She graduated cum laude from Princeton University and received her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University where she currently serves as a Member of the Board of Advisors.
In addition to EPL and Mailman School, Betsy is also on the Board of PYPP Liberia, the Phillips Collection in DC, the Advisory Council of the Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs and the inaugural Advisory Board for the Public Sector Network at African Leadership Academy in South Africa.
In 2017, Ms. Williams was conferred Liberia’s highest civilian honors and awarded Dame Officer, Most Venerable Order of the Pioneer.