Manager of Equity and Inclusion, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission
Kevin J. Williams, MSP/MBA is from Brooklyn, NY with familial roots in Jamaica, Panama, and the US. Currently residing in Fresno, CA, he is the Manager of Equity and Inclusion for the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission. Prior to this position, he has worked extensively in local government and non-profits in California and the Midwest. He also owns a consulting business, K. James Consultations, which provides training on cultural responsiveness, measurable equity outcomes, and a variety of project management services. Through his consulting business, he has provided training and facilitation to organizations such as Ramsey County, Dakota County Library, the Minnesota Historical Society, and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. He has also presented at the FREC Overcoming Racism Conference (2018, 2020) and the Minnesota Association of Children’s Mental Health (MACMH) Conference. While living in Minnesota, he was part of several community organizations and social justice efforts. From 2017-2019, he served as the Strategic Planning Advisor for the Minneapolis NAACP, and in 2018 was the co-organizer of the Take A Knee National Conference. In 2020, he was assisted in the organizing of the National Mother’s March in Minneapolis, following the death of George Floyd. He is also an alumnus of the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce Leadership St. Paul program and the Bush Foundation Change Network Program. Outside of social justice and equity work, Kevin is passionate about art, music and science fiction. He has been a member of the National Association of Negro Musicians since 1997 and has performed at concerts in Las Vegas and Carnegie Hall. He is currently working on completing and publishing an Encyclopedia of Black Superheroes, and an investigation of the ways in which comic book storytelling has mirrored the sociopolitical eras of Western society.